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Today's News

  • Choir’s fund-raising hits a high note

    The Carlson Choir served pasta dinners and harmonious music earlier this month to raise money to compete at music festivals.

  • Mountain lion sightings have officials urging caution

    Mountain lions are making appearances throughout Clear Creek County, and residents need to know what to do if they encounter one.
    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman said he’s heard from people who have spotted as many as four mountain lions at one time in the area as recently as last week.
    Karl Schell, the county’s road and bridge west district foreman, said he saw a mountain lion recently north of Empire.

  • Officials may ‘hold’ trucks along I-70 during bad weather

    Highway officials and commercial truckers appear to be locked in a battle over how trucks will be treated when the weather is bad on Interstate 70 this winter.

  • Homebuyer's class outlines housing assistance in county

    A married couple are looking for a home in the $280,000 range in Georgetown or Idaho Springs after taking a recent homebuyer’s class — the first of its kind offered in the county.

    The husband and wife also can apply for a 2 percent, 20-year loan of up to $25,000 for a down payment to buy their first home. The couple currently live with a relative in the county. The husband requested anonymity for financial privacy reasons.

  • Clear Creek residents urged to take precautions for winter

    Local officials are urging residents to be prepared now that cold weather has arrived.
    Clear Creek residents should make sure their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors are working properly; be careful when using portable heaters; keep extra medication on hand; and winterize their vehicles.
    This season Clear Creek emergency personnel have already responded to three calls related to carbon-monoxide poisoning in homes.

  • Tow-truck patrols planned to minimize winter delays on I-70

    State transportation officials say they’ll step up tow-truck patrols on I-70 as partof the effort to keep traffic snarls to a minimum this winter.

  • $1.1 million remodel slated for sheriff’s office

    Sheriff’s department employees are working from temporary locations for at least the next six months while the sheriff’s office gets a face-lift.

    The county now plans to spend about $1.1 million on the sheriff’s department office remodel. It’s the last county department office to be scheduled for a remodel — all other county offices have been upgraded with new carpet, paint and other improvements in recent years.

  • Sheriff’s budget under scrutiny amid commissioners’ efforts to rein in spending

    The Clear Creek County sheriff’s budget is getting scrutiny from county commissioners looking to cut costs in 2015 amid a projected drop in property-tax revenue.

    The sheriff’s budget usually is the largest of any county department, according to a national sheriffs’ group. And in 2014, the Clear Creek County sheriff’s budget makes up 35 percent of the entire county spending blueprint, according to information posted on the county website.

  • Crews contain 1-acre fire above Springs

    Emergency crews contained a 1-acre wildfire above Idaho Springs near Gilson Gulch on Saturday.
    Clear Creek sheriff’s dispatch said no houses or structures were in the immediate area of the blaze.
    Kathleen Krebs, director of Clear Creek’s Office of Emergency Management, said the Gilson Gulch Fire was caused by an unattended campfire.
    The call alerting responders to the blaze came in about 8 a.m. Friday. There are currently no fire restrictions in place.

  • Upgraded weight room worth the wait at Clear Creek High

    When Brian Inman, a Clear Creek High graduate, returned in 2010 to teach physical education and coach the varsity football program, the school weight room’s need for an upgrade was a priority.

    “It was apparent early on that we had a good weight room. We just had a lot of of older equipment,” said Inman, who also coaches the track team and is an assistant ski coach. “We weren’t utilizing the space appropriately. The way that you train athletes and kids today is different than you did 20 years ago, 15 years ago.”