Today's News

  • Plume board ready to vote on pot shops

    The Silver Plume town board will vote July 14 on a controversial ordinance that would allow a marijuana shop to operate near the primary Interstate 70 interchange in town.

    The ordinance would restrict pot operations to just a single store in just one location, and would prohibit marijuana grow operations and other pot-related businesses.

  • Empire considers new law enforcement options

    Empire is considering three solutions to provide law enforcement for the town after its police chief resigned in January and wasn’t replaced.

    The town currently is saving $80,000 a year by not replacing John Castrodale, who now works for the Idaho Springs Police Department in its No. 2 position. For 14 years, Castrodale was the town’s only police officer. 

  • Commissioners OK music festival for Shadows Ranch

    The first Groove Music and Arts Festival — featuring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum and Keller Williams — is a “go” for July 18-20 at Shadows Ranch near Idaho Springs.

    Clear Creek's county commissioners approved the event on Tuesday, after asking questions about noise and security. 

  • It’s good to find common ground

     Three rulings made last week a good one for civil liberties and, therefore, for civil libertarians, despite one ruling causing consternation for some women and their health providers. There is a reason the First Amendment is the first in the hierarchy: Without it, all the rest crumble.

  • Chartering a course

    Georgetown has brought its historical territorial charter into the 21st century.

    The document, which governs how the town board operates, has been updated to designate the powers of the mayor (police judge) and town administrator and let the board appoint replacements for selectmen who step down rather than hold an election. 

    The changes also include rolling the document’s amendments into the charter to make a more streamlined governing document. The provision that the town board must inspect food and whiskey barrels also was eliminated.

  • Frog Rodeo a chance to check out Empire

    Thanks to all of you who came to the 28th annual  Empire Frog Rodeo!

    For those who have never attended, it’s a chance for kids to have an experience with frogs that wouldn’t normally happen in the mountains. It’s where you can race a frog with a squirt bottle and hope for the best jumper.  It’s just for fun and to give people a chance to check out the small-town charm of Empire.

  • Taxes on pot sales bolstering city finances

    The city of Idaho Springs expects to receive about $48,000 this year as its portion of taxes collected by the state from the three marijuana shops in the city.

    The city, which is receiving about $4,000 a month, is holding the money in a separate fund until the city council decides how to use the money. City

    Administrator Cindy Condon said officials are considering using the funds for road infrastructure projects.

  • Grant will let jail provide substance-abuse counseling

    Inmates with substance abuse problems in the Clear Creek County jail may soon benefit from a $77,000 state mental health grant.

    Counselors will be available to help inmates stop drinking or using drugs. With money from the grant, follow-up counseling services will be offered when the inmates are released, said Capt. Jeff Smith, who oversees the jail.

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  • 6 companies seek to design new fairgrounds

    If you want to build a new 22-acre community park and fairgrounds in Empire, it helps to have a design plan.

    Six companies applied to the county to design the site, after county officials recently put out a “request for qualifications.” No specific amount of money has been budgeted yet for the design, which may be paid for with Clear Creek County’s contingency budget, according to Carl Small, county finance director and one of a three-person team serving as interim county administrator.