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Today's News

  • Remains found during search for skier missing since January

    Unidentified human remains were found Sunday near the Urad Mine, southwest of the Berthoud Falls area, during an ongoing search for a backcountry skier missing since January.

    The body was found at the bottom of an avalanche slide during the search for 42-year-old Jeremy Rich. 

    The county was notified in January of Rich’s disappearance after he didn’t return to the metro area.

  • King-Murphy plans changes amid declining enrollment

    Amid concerns about rapidly declining enrollment, King-Murphy Elementary School is moving forward with trying to change what has been perceived as a negative culture in the building.

    The Clear Creek school board heard a presentation at its study session last Thursday from Lynn Kintz, a consultant hired to help solve some of the issues.

  • Springs seeking to annex 15 acres near Argo tourist site

    Idaho Springs is planning to annex 15 acres of land near the Argo Gold Mine and Mill property to pave the way for future development.

    Officials hope to expand the city’s borders to incorporate all of the property needed to develop a 160-room hotel, conference center, restaurants, retail and 200 housing units planned by the Argo’s new owners.

    The city council will review an impact report on the annexation and is expected to finalize the process Sept. 12. Clear Creek County will also need to approve the annexation.

  • Clear Creek officials slam CDOT over lack of Bustang stop

    Clear Creek officials have drafted a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation to express their frustration that a new Bustang route planned in 2017 doesn’t include a stop in the county.

  • Alpine Rescue on pace for busiest year ever

    2016 is on pace to be the busiest year in the Alpine Rescue Team’s 57-year history.

    The nonprofit rescue organization had recorded 87 missions as of Aug. 2, surpassing 2014, when it didn’t reach 87 missions until Aug. 23.

    “So we are either three weeks ahead or 20 missions ahead of our busiest year,” team spokeswoman Dawn Wilson said.

  • G-town lands grant for accessible piers at lake

    Georgetown has received a $50,000 grant to build two disabled- and senior-accessible piers on the west side of Georgetown Lake.

    It’s one of six projects being funded by the Fishing is Fun program of the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife. The goal is to improve fishing opportunities in the state.

  • Idaho Springs to rebuild Soda Creek Road

    The city of Idaho Springs is planning to rebuild Soda Creek Road starting next spring with the help of a 1 percent sales-tax boost approved by city residents in 2014.

    The $1 million construction project represents a change of plans, because officials first wanted to rebuild the east end of Miner Street.

    However, they decided Miner Street needs to be available as a detour during the current Colorado Boulevard reconstruction.

  • Historic-home tour mines G-town’s past

    Georgetown of a long-ago era came to life on Saturday when tourists and locals alike toured 16 homes, churches and museums as part of a Victorian home tour.

    While the tour is a biannual event, it helps commemorate the area’s golden jubilee, when Silver Plume and Georgetown became a National Historical Landmark District. There are more than 200 historical sites in the area, according to Sherrie Lichtenwalner, the event manager with Historic Georgetown Inc.

  • EMS calls heat up during June and July

    Clear Creek EMS is seeing its busiest summer ever.

    “We are absolutely slammed,” said Nicolena Johnson, director of the county’s emergency medical service.

    In July, the ambulance service saw a 15 percent increase in calls over last year, serving 134 patients.

    In June, first responders saw 112 patients, or a 13 percent increase over 2015. Both June and July were the busiest on record.

    “In our industry, we consider 5 to 7 percent significant,” Johnson said, “so we are beyond significant at this point.”

  • County eyes possible toll on Guanella Pass

    The county is investigating whether to charge a toll for access to Guanella Pass both to pay for maintenance and help regulate visitors to the heavily traveled area.

    “We’re looking at managing what we’ve got on Guanella Pass. There’re so many people up there loving it to death,” County Commissioner Phil Buckland said.

    Buckland said a toll could help the county manage the number of people going into the area, provide better parking or maybe assist in creating a shuttle bus program to ferry visitors to the top of the pass.