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Today's News

  • Investigators examining human skull found near Silver Plume

    A human skull found near Silver Plume is getting a once-over from Texas investigators for clues as to how it got there.

    Few details have been released about the skull, which was found by a hiker on April 15.

    However, the skull is believed to be from a woman between the ages of 23 and 43, based on initial forensic investigation, said Capt. Bruce Snelling, a spokesman for the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office. The skull does not exhibit signs of trauma, Snelling said.

  • Commissioners eye more conservative 2015 budget

    The county’s three elected commissioners are discussing ways to be more conservative with planned spending in 2015.
    A 4 percent merit raise for county staff expected to cost about $400,000 is getting close scrutiny, for example. Another proposed expenditure would be three new vehicles at $95,000 each for one department.
    In general, “we’re going to have to get used to saying ‘no’ in 2015,” Commissioner Tim Mauck said during a budget discussion at a meeting on Oct. 14.

  • Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

    Election-inspired shenanigans are in full swing in Clear Creek County as campaigns move into the last few weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

  • Closure of Black Hawk clinic to affect Clear Creek residents

    As many as 200 Clear Creek County residents could be without a primary-care doctor when Mountain Family Health Center closes in Black Hawk in late November.
    The clinic is closing because the majority of its patients “voted with their feet” and moved to other clinics for care, said Ross Brooks, chief executive of the Mountain Family clinic system. The Black Hawk clinic currently has about 400 clients, down from a high of about 3,000 seven years ago, he said. It has been in business for more than three decades.

  • A roundup of Clear Creek election races, sales tax question

    With ballots arriving last week and the Nov. 4 election on the horizon, here’s a recap of some of the local contests, officials and issues.
    Clear Creek County has nearly 7,500 registered voters. Unaffiliated voters make up about 40 percent of voters, with 2,961. There are 2,248 registered Democrats in the county and 2,180 registered Republicans, according to the latest information from the Clear Creek clerk and recorder’s office.

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  • G-town board snuffs plan for second pot shop

    Georgetown will not be getting a second marijuana shop after the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to deny an ordinance that would have reduced the distance such shops could be from schools and parks from 1,000 feet to 700 feet.
    The defeat of the ordinance Oct. 14 means a proposal for a pot shop at 1500 Argentine St. along the roundabout into town cannot go forward because it is too close to Triangle Park at Main Street and Silver Cloud Drive.

  • CDOT hires traffic manager for mountain corridor

    Interstate 70 has a new traffic guru.

    Patrick Chavez will make $79,244 annually as corridor operations manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, a newly created job. He was hired Oct. 1.

  • Latest study will gauge economic benefits of I-70 monorail

    A $100,000 economic benefit study being planned now could someday be used to sell an estimated $15 billion mountain monorail project in the Interstate 70 corridor to voters.

    Government officials, ski resort officials and others who are part of the I-70 Coalition plan to kick off the study in January. They plan to get mostly public funding from member cities to pay for it, said Thad Noll, co-director of the Advanced Guideway System subcommittee at the nonprofit I-70 Coalition, which is made up of representatives from cities and counties in the region.

  • Machiavellian melodrama makes money for Mill Creek Valley Historical Society

    A mustachioed, malevolent and even slightly maleficent villain will enter stage right during the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society’s melodrama on Saturday evening.

  • Two county departments overspend budgets

    More strict financial protocols may be on tap for county departments following a 2013 audit of Clear Creek County's financial documents.

    Two people may be called on to review all financial documents in the future in the Sheriff’s Office, for example, and county commissioners may create new purchasing policies for all departments, based on a county commissioner discussion at a meeting Oct. 7. The county treasurer's office is the only office in the county that handles cash.