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Today's News

  • Cost doubles for toll lane on I-70

    It could now cost $72 million to build an eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs — $36 million more than state transportation officials originally budgeted.

    A bank loan of $20 million to $30 million could cover most of the difference, according to a memo from Tony DeVito, the state transportation director in charge of the region, to state transportation commissioners.

  • New town clerk takes over in Silver Plume

    Tammy Sanford is the new, part-time Silver Plume town clerk — the third person to hold the job in less than a year.

    Sanford, the former Georgetown town clerk, started in the job soon after former clerk Zahna Smith left about two months ago for unknown reasons. Sanford referred questions about Smith’s departure to Mayor Lee Berenato.

  • Downieville pot shop gets OK to make edibles for retail sale

    Workers at The Highway marijuana store in Downieville soon will make edible marijuana products for retail sale after getting approval from the county to do so, according to the owner.

    Store owner Ashwani Garg previously had a license to make “edibles,” as they’re called, for medical marijuana use.

    Garg received needed administrative approval recently from Clear Creek County for the license for retail-sale manufacturing. The application does not require a public hearing or formal action from the county’s three elected commissioners.

  • Downieville pot shop gets OK to make edibles for retail sale

    Workers at The Highway marijuana store in Downieville soon will make edible marijuana products for retail sale after getting approval from the county to do so, according to the owner.

    Store owner Ashwani Garg previously had a license to make “edibles,” as they’re called, for medical marijuana use. 

    Garg received needed administrative approval recently from Clear Creek County for the license for retail-sale manufacturing. The application does not require a public hearing or formal action from the county’s three elected commissioners.

  • Georgetown officials preparing to formulate 2015 budget

    Georgetown officials are assembling their wish lists as they get ready to put together a town budget for 2015.
    Among the items enumerated by selectmen during their Aug. 12 meeting were a permanent restroom at City Park estimated to cost $50,000, money set aside to help the town enforce its building codes, more money for road repair, and more funding for the annual July 4 fireworks display.

  • Evergreen’s Urbas finds redemption in first meet of the season

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courant

    DENVER — Motivation matters in a sport’s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.

    Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.

  • Depth is a concern for Clear Creek in 2014

    The tears literally flowed from Jeff Miller when the Clear Creek cross country coach learned that Katie Sullivan was relocating to Summit. It wasn’t just because she was expected to be the Lady Golddiggers’ third best returning runner, but because she is a great kid in general.

    But Sullivan isn’t back and neither is Grace Diekman, a 2014 graduate who was the team’s No. 3 runner in 2013, leaving some uncertainty in Clear Creek’s pecking order with the cross country season around the corner.

  • Central City Parkway expected to reopen Friday

    The Central City Parkway is expected to reopen Friday, after contractors finish cleaning up a massive rockslide that covered all four lanes of the road on Tuesday afternoon.

    Workers are monitoring cracks in the hillside to determine if other slides are imminent, said Reba Bechtel, Central City’s town clerk. No one was hurt in the slide, which happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday about a mile and a half up the road from Exit 243 off Interstate 70.

  • Americans’ views seem contradictory

    A few recent news items, each powerfully pointing a finger at us and to our system, disconcertingly indicate why things are askew.

    The first deals with the wealth gap. According to an Associated Press story, a University of Michigan study shows the Great Recession and consequential slow recovery have widened the chasm between the über-wealthy and the rest of Americans.

    In 2007, the top 5 percent boasted 16.5 times the wealth as the bottom 95 percent collectively, but by 2013 it soared by nearly 50 percent, to 24 times.

  • A variety of avian life outside my window