Today's News

  • G-town asking voters to approve TABOR exemption

    Georgetown will ask residents to approve a ballot measure in the Nov. 8 election allowing the town to keep revenue exceeding limits set in the state’s constitution.

    Officials are hoping voters will approve an exemption to budget restrictions outlined in the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

    “Essentially, it is asking the voters if we can (keep) revenues, not new taxes, just revenues in excess of our spending limit,” said Town Administrator Tom Hale.

  • County seeks public input on budget priorities

    The county commissioners are asking the public to help them understand where they should focus funding in light of the eventual closure of the Henderson Mine and the resulting loss of tax revenue.

    The county has posted a survey to its website asking where the primary areas of focus for tax dollars should be. Some of the categories include public safety, county roads, economic development, workforce housing, health care and emergency services.

  • Volunteers from far, wide build community

    Volunteers are coming to Empire from across the county and the country to build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

    Last week people worked tirelessly to build a new home for a family of three. The house is one of eight planned in Empire over the next three to four years.

    County resident and Australian native Bill Walker was perched at the top of a ladder finishing up a project as other volunteers headed for lunch.

  • County to make its buildings more energy efficient

    Energy-efficient upgrades will be made to county buildings starting in October to help the county save money over the next 15 years.

    The county commissioners approved a $2.6 million contract with Iconergy to install photovoltaic solar panels, energy-conserving lights, and heating and cooling improvements. Work also will include replacing outdated equipment and sealing county buildings to make them more weather resistant.

  • Clear Creek lifts fire ban

    As the dry summer gives way to a moister fall, the Clear Creek sheriff is lifting the fire ban in place since the beginning of July.

    Sheriff Rick Albers announced the fire ban for the unincorporated portions of the county had ended at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Empire hires new police chief

    After more than two years, the town of Empire has hired a new police chief: Glenn Hardey, an Idaho Springs detective and former interim chief.

    “I’m just excited to be here,” Hardey said. “It is a really cool little town, and I’m a mountain kid. I love the mountain communities, and I’m … excited to get to know everybody,”

    In 2014, the town decided not to replace Police Chief John Castrodale, who left to work for the Idaho Springs Police Department in its No. 2 position.

  • County’s cutbacks, revenue boost amount to $1 million

    Efforts to reduce expenses and generate additional revenue have put an additional $1 million into Clear Creek County’s general fund, according to County Manager Keith Montag.

    “This is a positive message that I wanted to convey to the board,” Montag told the county commissioners on Aug. 23.

    The county recently asked departments and elected officials to cut 10 percent from their operating budgets for the remainder of the year. Those cuts don’t include salaries, benefits or contractual services, Montag said. 

  • County staff recommends approval for city annexation at Argo Mine

    Clear Creek County has recommended that the county commissioners approve the proposed Idaho Springs annexation of 15 acres near the Argo Gold Mine and Mill tourist site to aid in future development.

    "We did receive an annexation report from the city. Staff has reviewed that, and we find no issues," County Manager Keith Montag told the commissioners on Aug. 23. "(There are) no problems, no concerns, and so it would be our recommendation to allow that annexation to move forward."

  • County looking to rent space for medical clinic

    The county is looking to rent a building in Idaho Springs to house a medical clinic, an amenity that’s been absent in Clear Creek since 2011.

    Centura Health, which the county is partnering with to provide medical services, didn’t support a plan to house a clinic in a modular building on the former Idaho Springs lumberyard property, county spokesman John Bryan said.

    The idea to create a temporary home for the facility was part of an overall plan to build a $6.5 million clinic with revenue from proposed tax increases on November’s ballot.

  • Springs adding three crosswalks

    The city of Idaho Springs is investing $10,000 to build three crosswalks across and near Miner Street in the Historic District.

    Public Works Director John Bordoni said a crosswalk is being added on 14th Avenue and Miner by Carlson Elementary School, across 13th Avenue by the Kum & Go gas station, and across Miner Street by the Mitchell-White Residences.

    Bordoni said the crosswalk by the apartment complex would be disabled-accessible to accommodate some residents.