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Today's News

  • Dumont pot shop is high on plans for new building

    The Mind Body Spirit 2 retail marijuana store has moved to a construction trailer on the Interstate 70 off-ramp in Dumont.

    A 42,000-square-foot retail store and cultivation building is planned for the spot — slated to open next spring, said owner Christine Nanney, though she did not give a specific date. The building is planned for the vacant lot at 811 County Road 308 and the adjoining land to the east where Quality Auto Body currently is located. 

  • The Buffalo roaming to an upscale future

    You’ll be able to buy a piece of the Buffalo Restaurant and Bar as workers get ready for a trendy, up to $1.2 million face-lift scheduled to start in mid-October.

    As part of the remodel, a craft brewery is planned for the historic Miner Street property, with brew to be sold on site, said Dan Ebert, general manager of the Buffalo. A chef consultant is helping the restaurant redesign the menu, which will have several new items made in a completely new kitchen.

  • Lynx protection needed amid I-70 expansion, advocates say

    Advocates and Clear Creek County officials want the Canada lynx that live between Bakerville and the Eisenhower Tunnel not to be forgotten as Interstate 70 construction plans move forward.

    The bobcat-like animal’s Clear Creek County habitat needs to be protected, they said at a county commission meeting on Sept. 23. 

  • CDOT expects to borrow money to pay for I-70 peak-period toll lane

    State transportation officials have chosen three banks to bid on lending up to $35 million of the total estimated $72 million needed to build a peak-period toll lane on 13 miles of Interstate 70.

    Officials solicited banks to bid on a loan plan by Wednesday, Sept. 10, according to a posted document from the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, the government-owned business inside the Colorado Department of Transportation. The banks’ names are not being announced during the procurement stage, said Megan Castle, a state transportation spokeswoman. 

  • Clear Creek County considering new rules for pot-growing operation

    Legal pot-growing operations may only be allowed in industrial zones in Clear Creek County in the future, county planning commissioners said at a meeting on Sept. 17.

    Or pot growers may be required to meet strict buffer-zone requirements in agricultural zones before they get approval to operate, commissioners said. 

    Pot growing is legally allowed on agriculturally zoned land in the county, as long as growers apply for county and state cultivation licenses, said Fred Rollenhagen, county planning director. 

  • Habitat for Humanity to build eight homes in Empire

    Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is looking for families interested in owning the first of eight homes it plans to build in Empire.

  • Retaining wall to be built on Mount Evans Road this week

    Drop-offs along the road to Mount Evans can be breathtaking and slightly scary, especially near Lincoln Lake, a little more than 6 miles from Highway 103.

    Starting this week, Mount Evans Road will be closed, so state transportation officials can fix the scary part with a $1 million retaining wall construction project along 1,400 feet of roadway, said Steve Harelson, a state transportation project engineer.

  • Rock scaling planned along U.S. 6

    If it’s after Labor Day, it must be time for rock-scaling projects along mountain highways.

    State transportation officials plan to close a portion of U.S. 6 on weeknights — possibly through early 2015 — to handle rock scaling and cleanup in Clear Creek Canyon between mile markers 260.5 and 271. The road will be closed from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. as workers remove rock from a steep hillside that could lead to a slide.

  • Saddle up

    Dave Ventimiglia is on a mission to get more people involved in helping residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    Since Sept. 19, Ventimiglia’s mission has included five horses and lots of miles — many of them through Clear Creek and Jefferson counties.

  • Economic development strategies for Clear Creek pondered

    With the Henderson Mine expected to close in 10 to 12 years, Clear Creek residents need to focus on what the county’s next big revenue-generator might be.