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Today's News

  • Closure of U.S. 6 planned for construction of trail underpass

    Workers plan to install a key underpass for the Peaks to Plains recreational trail during a week-long shutdown of U.S. 6 between U.S. 40 and Colorado Highway 119.

    U.S. 6 is scheduled to be closed at 8 p.m. Sunday. It will reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28. The closure will limit access to Interstate 70 from Golden on U.S. 6. Access on the other branch of road to Black Hawk and Central City from Golden will remain open.

  • I-70 pedestrian bridge envisioned as trail's signature symbol

    A pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70 could someday be part of the Peaks to Plains recreational trail planned from Denver International Airport to the Continental Divide in Clear Creek County.

    An iconic bridge is the dream of volunteers involved with the fledgling Clear Creek Greenway Authority. The nonprofit group is being formed to seek more grant money to build the Peaks to Plains Trail, said Marion Jennings, its secretary.

  • Pot greenhouse operation planned in county

    A local cannabis consultant plans to invest $5 million in a marijuana greenhouse operation in Clear Creek County following changes in county zoning rules.

    Consultant Shane Hutto told the county commissioners March 10 that he has investors lined up to help him with the project. Hutto’s Horticultural Solutions Ltd. business is in Georgetown.

    “We expect a large fiscal impact in the county,” Hutto said. “This will allow me to make money here and spend money here. It will provide something reliable for the county.”

  • Carnival at CCHS to benefit Lucas family

    Come one, come all to a carnival Friday at Clear Creek High School that will not only be fun for youngsters but will serve as a fund-raiser for a local family having financial difficulties.

    The carnival is geared for children in elementary school, but everyone is welcome, according to its student organizers. It will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the school commons. The carnival is followed by a high school dance for Clear Creek students only. Both have a vernal equinox theme.

  • Empire, Sheriff’s Office discussing police coverage for town

    Empire officials and the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office are discussing whether an intergovernmental agreement is the best option to provide the town with law enforcement.

    The town has gone without its police chief — its only law enforcement officer — for more than a year while it looks at options. Empire’s town board seems divided on how the issue should be resolved.

  • Georgetown hires longtime officer Williams as police chief

    Georgetown has hired longtime police officer Randolph Williams as its chief.

    Williams was hired from among four candidates interviewed for the top law enforcement spot. The four finalists were chosen from more than 80 applicants.

    Williams was appointed by the town board March 10 and is replacing former chief George Weidler, who left to take a position as captain of patrol and investigations for the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Lions’ offensive onslaught problematic for Clear Creek in opener

    LYONS — Karson Kelly went 3-for-4 with five RBIs as Lyons, hosting the game after a last-minute switch, routed Clear Creek, 17-1, in the baseball season opener on March 12.

    Hector Rodriguez, Dawson Kelly and Austin Myers also had three hits for the Lions, who finished with 16 hits. Myers also scored a team-high three runs.

    Lyons scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Lions led 10-1 before scoring more runs in the fourth before closing the game out with an additional run in the fifth.

  • Lady Diggers pack an offensive punch

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    Six members of the Clear Creek girls basketball team barely had time to find their soccer shoes and lace them up before the March 12 season opener. Four days, to be precise, just three practices, after their Sweet 16 loss in the 2A playoffs.

    “One day of rest and then we came and jumped right in,” said freshman Samantha O’Brien. “But I think it worked well. I feel like everyone got in the mindset right away, which is really good.”

  • Springs’ new planner envisions pedestrian mall downtown

    A pedestrian mall in historic downtown Idaho Springs could bring in new visitors and help the economy, says Geoffrey King, the town's new planner. 

    King says creating a pedestrian/walking area also could include moving existing parking spaces on Miner Street. He says a parking lot just south of Miner Street could be modified, or a parking garage could be built on a nearby open site. 

  • Road crews working on U.S. 6 bridge over I-70

    Road crews continued emergency repairs Wednesday morning on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel.

    One lane was closed in each direction on the I-70 bridge over U.S. 6 for the work. The road surface had been worn down by traffic and equipment, leaving a large bump at the bridge expansion joint, the Colorado Department of Transportation said in a statement. A temporary patch was being installed Tuesday and Wednesday.