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Today's News

  • Busted budget for rec-center renovation sparks vitriol

    Emotions ran high as rec district board members sought reasons for and solutions to the recent discovery that bids for the Idaho Springs rec center’s renovation are nearly $2 million over budget.

    The discovery requires modifying the final design to bring the cost back to the $7 million approved by voters when they OK’d a tax increase last November. 

  • Housing, jobs playing role in declining population

     Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series examining the causes and results of the declining population of Clear Creek County.

    Given Clear Creek’s declining population, China Tipton is exactly the kind of person the county and the school district hope to draw into the community.

    Tipton recently moved with her family to Empire and enrolled her son in Carlson Elementary’s preschool program. She also volunteers for a host of organizations around the area.

  • The county’s shrinking population

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series examining the cause and result of the declining population of Clear Creek County.

    In a state where population has risen steadily for more than a century, Clear Creek County has lost 5 percent of its residents over the past decade. 

    The declining population is a relatively recent development in Clear Creek, which showed slow and steady growth for more than 100 years. In fact, between 1960 and 2000, the county experienced a 234 percent increase in population.

  • St. Mary's residents without water

    Residents of St. Mary's Glacier are without water due to critically low levels in the water district’s wells. 

    Some 300 homes are affected, but only about 100 families live in the area this time of year. One resident has said he’s been without water since Tuesday.

  • Former G-town mayor Bennhoff dies

    Former Georgetown mayor Tom Bennhoff died Wednesday morning. The cause of death is unknown.

    Bennhoff, who moved to Georgetown in 1976, was chief probation officer for the 5th Judicial District for 25 years. He volunteered on the town’s planning commission and board of adjustment, and served three non-consecutive terms — nearly six years — as mayor until 2011.

  • Northwestern football players 7, NCAA 0

     I’m no union guy. I think the unions have generally outlived their usefulness in our country, and that’s why only about 11 percent of American workers are union members, compared to nearly one-third in the early ’70s. Today the majority of union members are employees in the public sector, where the relationship between employer and employee has always been more contractual than relational.

  • Wealth disparity keeps widening

    On April 20, 2014, members of the Greek Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter, coinciding with the date for Western-rite Christians. On April 20, 1914, 100 years to the day, the Greek Orthodox Church again celebrated its Easter, but for 18 Greek Orthodox women and children of miners in Ludlow, Colo., that Easter Sunday was a day not of resurrection but of death, huddled together dying of smoke inhalation from fires set by goon squads sent by coal magnates and the Colorado militia, which operated at their behest. 

  • New businesses bring positive change to Empire

     One of our good neighbors, Mountain Mini Storage in Dumont, is celebrating 30 years of quality service to the community. This business fulfills a need in our community, providing a place to store all those items we want to keep but don’t have room for.

    Sandy and Lou Olnhausen founded Mountain Mini Storage in 1984. The Olnhausens were residents of Clear Creek County since 1964. During this time they owned and operated Clear Creek Oil Company, a gasoline distributing company that served 10 to 15 service stations in Denver, Clear Creek and Summit counties.

  • Days-long search called off for missing hikers at Mount Evans

    The search was called off last week for a Minnesota father and son reported missing April 6 after they failed to return from a hike in the Mount Evans area.

    After four days of intense searching, no sign was found of Damian McManus, 52, and Evan McManus, 19, in the Mount Evans area, said Bill Barwick, a spokesman for the Alpine Rescue Team. 

    The search was called off about 4 p.m. April 9 by the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office. At its peak, the search included about 70 rescuers from several mountain agencies.

  • Hanssen, Fahnline place in top-10 at Weld Central meet

    KEENESBURG — Clear Creek’s Bailey Hanssen placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 5 1/4 inches and Maddie Fahnline was eighth in the 200 meters in a time of 29.62 seconds at the sixth-annual Rebel Round-Up at Weld Central High School on April 11.
    Grace Diekman had a pair of top-15 finishes for the Lady Golddiggers. She took ninth in the 1,600 in 6:24.28 and 15th in the 800 in 2:52.76. Hayden Hutcherson was 13th in the 400 in 1:09.76.