Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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 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. 

  • Grow facility won’t derail low-income apartments

    Owners of the Mountain Medicinals marijuana dispensary in Idaho Springs have abandoned plans for a marijuana grow operation to keep from derailing a proposed low-income apartment complex on the east end of town.

    Owners Stephanie and Steve Collins told a city council work session Aug. 15 that they were abandoning their intentions for 2500 Colorado Boulevard, saying they didn’t want to cause conflict with future housing opportunities.

  • Clear Creek officials slam CDOT over lack of Bustang stop

    Clear Creek officials have drafted a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation to express their frustration that a new Bustang route planned in 2017 doesn’t include a stop in the county.

  • Woman allegedly set on fire during camping trip dies

    A mother of two has died as a result of the injuries she suffered after allegedly being set on fire while on a camping trip June 17 in Clear Creek County with her boyfriend and her two sons.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown confirmed that Christina Archuleta died last week, and he now plans to charge her boyfriend, John Anthony Vasquez, 32, with murder.

    “We will be changing the charge from attempted murder first-degree to first-degree murder, as well as felony murder,” Brown said.

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  • A look at some state ballot initiatives

    In any game, the rules are more critical than the game itself. For if the rules are stacked against one team or player or flagrantly flauted, the outcome will be guaranteed. That holds true for our governance. Ultimately only the power of the people to vote stands between a republic and an oligarchy or dictatorship.