Today's News

  • Ferguson’s third Oh My Gawd buckle is a bittersweet one

    DUMONT — It was a bittersweet moment for Brandon Ferguson. The 33-year-old Eaton resident had just won his third Oh My Gawd rodeo buckle since 2010 in bareback riding, but he wasn’t so sure that he deserved it. 

    After all, Ferguson had twice finished behind traveling partner Shane Stevens, including during the June 26 finale at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds.

  • First-time competitors conquer Slacker

    GEORGETOWN — Steve Chu wasn’t initially planning on running his first Slacker Half Marathon.

    “My wife wanted to run this race actually. She dragged me up here,” the 32-year-old Colorado Springs resident said.

  • Lightning kills dog, injures 8 hikers on Mount Bierstadt

    A dog was killed and eight hikers were injured by a lightning strike Sunday morning on Mount Bierstadt.

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported that the strike occurred 500 feet below the summit of the peak, which is a popular hiking destination. Seven other hikers were present when the bolt hit but didn’t appear to be injured, according to Clear Creek sheriff’s Capt. Rick Safe. 

  • Discussions on westbound I-70 toll lane on hold

    Discussions on a new toll lane for westbound Interstate 70 are on hold after Clear Creek's county commissioners complained about current road construction and traffic woes on the eastbound side.

    Meetings had been slated for Tuesday and for Aug. 5-6, after a group of government leaders called the I-70 Coalition gave an informal go-ahead to holding them, said Steve Harelson, a project engineer at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

  • County buys 18-acre parcel at G-town Lake

    County officials have paid $532,500 for a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake that could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and a trailhead.

    The transaction closed Tuesday, County Attorney Bob Loeffler told the county commissioners. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.

    The county purchased the land from the Berry Foundation, a trust that benefits Stanford University research.

  • Toll prices to be set in September for I-70 express lane

    State transportation officials plan to set toll prices in September for a new $78.6 million I-70 express lane planned to open at the end of October, according to a transportation spokeswoman.

    The state High-Performance Transportation Enterprise board will decide the toll rates, said Angie Drumm, a local government liaison for the Colorado Department of Transportation, who spoke at a recent meeting of the Clear Creek County commissioners.

  • Fire Authority accepted free ski passes from Loveland for 2013-14

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority received three complimentary ski passes from Loveland Ski Area for the 2013-14 ski season, according to John Sellers, a resort spokesman.

    Fire Authority officials purchased four corporate ski passes for the 2014-15 ski season, Sellers said. Sellers said he did not have information about possible free ski passes given to the fire department prior to 2013.

  • Clear Creek closed to recreation in Jeffco

    Clear Creek flowing through Jefferson County is “still running ferociously fast and high” and is closed to most activities until further notice, said Mark Techmeyer, a Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman.

    People with personal inner tubes, belly boats and small rafts are not allowed to go in the creek, according to an announcement by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Golden Police Department. Swimmers and “body surfers” also are not allowed in the creek, the announcement said.

  • Local businesses still irked over I-70 construction

    Idaho Springs retailers and restaurants are unhappy about the untold number of customers they have lost in recent months to Interstate 70 construction.

    But Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the worst will be over by early July. Most of the lane closures causing backups around Idaho Springs are related to work that’s almost finished on two bridges over the interstate, they say.

  • Clear Creek officials hope to hold line on spending

    Clear Creek County officials are looking to tighten the purse strings again for 2016.

    Officials must “prioritize the priorities” to keep offering services that residents expect, as well as to make plans for the future, County Manager Keith Montag said Tuesday. Montag said he is asking all department managers to consider whether they can find more ways to save money next year.