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Today's News

  • Georgetown wants to annex land along I-70

    Georgetown wants to annex four pieces of property along Interstate 70 to gain greater control of the area in case the Colorado Department of Transportation chooses to expand the interstate.

    So far, CDOT has no projects in the works for I-70.

    Annexing 76 acres from Georgetown to Silver Plume would allow the town more control over what is done in that area through the state’s permitting process.

  • DA candidate wants to focus on major crimes

    Sanam Mehrnia, an unaffiliated district attorney candidate, wants to see less emphasis on petty infractions and more resources directed to successfully prosecuting major crimes.

    The Frisco-based defense attorney is running for the 5th Judicial District, which consists of Clear Creek County, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.

  • Canines, kids on same page in reading program

    At first, the barking was almost unbearable. Eighteen canines woofed in a disjointed chorus at a small troop of children who came to visit them at the local animal shelter on July 6.

    Upon entering, the kids grabbed books and blankets, and wandered among the stalls before deciding which dog to read to. Before long, the barking had mostly quieted down.

  • Despite crowds, calm prevails on the Fourth in Clear Creek

    Despite large crowds, traffic and a strong showing of illegal fireworks, Clear Creek law enforcement agencies said the July 4th weekend was relatively calm.

    The county drew visitors on the holiday with fireworks displays in Idaho Springs and Georgetown. Georgetown also held a parade.

    Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers said the Fourth was quiet for his deputies, with the exception of following up on fireworks complaints, although his deputies did not hand out any citations for fireworks violations.

  • Empire flushing its water lines

    Empire residents might find brown water coming out of their faucets this week, but town officials say the water is safe and the color is temporary.

    Empire Mayor Richard Sprague said the municipality is flushing its water lines to remove built-up sediment.

    “There’s a lot of sediment in the pipes and iron buildup,” Sprague said, “and unfortunately, for eight years, nobody has been opening hydrants (in the town) and flushing out the lines, so now we’re paying for it this summer. It has all come back to haunt us.”

  • New artists sought for fall exhibit in Georgetown

    New Clear Creek artists interested in exhibiting their works may get the opportunity through the Georgetown Heritage Center.

    The Georgetown Cultural Arts program is looking for artists to submit their work for a fall show focused on new and emerging local artists. Applications and photos of the work are due to the judges by July 18, and the show will run from Sept. 17 through Oct. 30.

  • Georgetown celebrates Fourth with a parade

    A colorful crowd piled in deep along Sixth Street in Georgetown waiting for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade.

    The parade route itself remained largely clear, except for a couple of children blowing bubbles in the empty street and families taking turns snapping group photos.

  • The Silver Tsunami: Project Support braces for rising senior population

    For a small county, Clear Creek cares for its seniors in a big way.

    Situated in the historic Queen Hotel on Miner Street in downtown Idaho Springs, Project Support Senior Center provides a host of essential programs addressing the personal, social and medical needs of elderly residents in Clear Creek, Gilpin and far-western Jefferson counties.

  • Motorist hospitalized after dispute on Fall River Road

    An apparent dispute Sunday between two motorists on Fall River Road left one hospitalized.

    Eric Magne, 36, was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in critical condition after the incident, which was reported at 10:18 p.m. According to the Clear Creek sheriff’s incident report, Magne was struck by another man’s vehicle after he exited his own car during an apparent dispute.

  • Deal to sell Empire School falls through

    The Clear Creek School District has terminated the contract with a Texas businessman trying to buy the former Empire School building because he didn’t meet a term of the agreement.

    The businessman, Joseph Shunta, says the district should be working with him so he can complete the purchase of the property and help the economy in Empire and Clear Creek County.