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Today's News

  • Sen. Grantham addresses high-speed transit, mining issues

    Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, visited Idaho Springs on July 10 to talk with constituents about issues ranging from the probability of high-speed transit along Interstate 70 to the future of mining.
    Grantham, who met with about a dozen people at the Idaho Springs library, added the county to his district 2011 as part of the newly reformed District 2, replacing the county’s then legislator Sen. Jeanne Nicholson, D-Gilpin County. Clear Creek joined El Paso, Park, Teller and Fremont counties.

  • Marijuana business receives approval from county to produce products

    A marijuana company affiliated with the Mind Body Spirit Wellness 2 shop in Dumont may make and sell marijuana-infused products and hash oil at a retail store in Hidden Valley in the future.
    Puff Edibles and Concentrates, doing business as Venom Wax, received Clear Creek County approval on July 8 to make the products at 2237 County Road 314 in Hidden Valley. The company also must receive state and local approval for a change-of-location application to open in Hidden Valley and make changes to the building to meet building codes.

  • Silver Plume board approves controversial pot ordinance

    The Silver Plume Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve a controversial ordinance allowing a retail marijuana shop to operate in town.
    The ordinance restricts pot operations to a single store in one location, and prohibits marijuana grow operations and other pot-related businesses.
    About a dozen residents attended the meeting, but no one spoke at the public hearing before the final vote. The board passed the resolution without discussion.

  • New county manager will take on additional duties

    A new Clear Creek County manager could make up to $150,000 to start, an annual salary at least $40,000 more than that of former administrator Tom Breslin.
    County officials are on the hunt for a new manager after Breslin left to take a job as town manager of Dillon for $120,000 per year at the beginning of July. Officials have posted the Clear Creek job online and on various industry-related sites.

  • G-town replaces residential water meters

    Georgetown is about to complete its water-meter replacement program, and rather than asking homeowners to foot the $550 installation bill, the town took out a loan and got a grant to cover the cost.
    The town is replacing 660 meters because they were not accurately recording how much water homeowners were using. The town board discussed the issue for two years, trying to determine the best way to foot the cost.

  • Not afraid of hard work

    In some of the most beautiful country in Colorado, volunteers worked in the shadow of Mount Bierstadt on July 13 to repair and strengthen the iconic destination’s well-worn trail.

    Many of those working at the event were young adults, who brought wood and gravel to spots along a 6-mile segment of the trail. The event was coordinated by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a nonprofit that promotes citizens becoming stewards of the state’s resources.

  • Springs council names Phyllis Adams interim city administrator

    By Hannah Hemperly

    For the Courant

    The Idaho Springs City Council on Monday night accepted a letter of resignation from longtime City Administrator Cindy Condon, designating Phyllis Adams for the interim position.

    Condon submitted a resignation letter June 30 that asked for a severance package with five months of pay and approximately six weeks of insurance. That equates to about $29,000 in pay.

  • Column: Early risers embrace Triple Bypass challenge

     It’s 5:45 a.m. on Saturday morning as I struggle to get up, get dressed and meander my way up to Bergen Park to catch a few last-minute riders and event officials. Who would think that there would be a scattering of cars working their way up into the mountains so early for a weekend getaway, much less cyclists who’ve already been on the road for nearly two hours for the first of two days of the Triple Bypass.

  • Ride holds special meaning for San Fran cyclist

    This year’s Triple Bypass was a special one for Travis Retzer. It not only was the 40-year-old San Francisco-area rider’s first Triple, but it also holds a meaning closer to his heart.

    He was going to ride it with his dad, Jim, who got him started in cycling more than 10 years ago. It was his father who started him out riding century (100 mile) rides. But last Oct. 29, at the age of 65, Jim unexpectedly passed away. A planned family vacation, including a visit to Yellowstone National Park, was now a memorial ride in honor of his late father.

  • County recovering from recent storm damage

    A storm Monday night caused massive damage to roads and culverts in the Brook Forest Estates area, which is on the southeast end of Clear Creek County.

    County officials say the roads are now passable, and no one was stranded, but at least 2 ½ inches of rain wreaked havoc on the roads in the area. The subdivision sits along the Jefferson County border and has about 100 homes.

    Tim Allen, the county's public works director, said the area received heavy rains damaging both Clear Creek and Jefferson county roads.