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Today's News

  • Time to be players in political drama

    Scientists have discovered that another consequence of climate change is that the Earth’s poles are migrating. The North Pole is slowly making its way toward London. I am imagining the queen hosting Santa for tea.

    Scientists say the evidence unequivocally demonstrates human behavior and climate change are the culprits. It has to do with water loss in certain regions due to warmer temperatures resulting in oceanic evaporation and to humans draining aquifers.

  • Nominations being sought for Lyle Wohlers awards

    Organizers of the 2015 Lyle Wohlers Law Enforcement Officer and Citizen of the Year awards are looking for a few good nominations.

    The annual event is hosted by the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, and the Georgetown and Idaho Springs police departments to honor Trooper Lyle Wohlers, who was killed during a traffic stop near Georgetown in 1992.

  • Gas, electricity lines to be removed from 6 city-owned properties

    The Idaho Springs city council on April 11 voted 6-1 to pay $12,900 to have gas and electricity lines removed from six properties where the city plans to build a parking lot this summer.

    With the lines removed, the city will be free to demolish the houses on the properties.

    Over the past year, the city purchased the properties south of the Historic District between Water and Idaho streets at a total cost of $350,000. The goal is to find funding to eventually build a parking garage.

  • Feds planning controlled burns to improve bighorn sheep habitat

    To improve bighorn sheep habitat and migration, the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are planning a series of controlled burns in the Empire area.

    The agencies plan to conduct pile burns this month and a 50-acre controlled burn in May or June in what is being called the Mad Creek Prescribed Burn Project.

    Forest Service spokeswoman Reid Armstrong said thinning trees in the Empire area began last year.

  • Learning on the job

    Abby Shifflett was not discouraged upon learning she would be required to volunteer and take classes in order to continue receiving food assistance.

    "I was actually kind of stoked," the 26-year-old said.

    Shifflett had received benefits for the past two years, but this year it became mandatory for Clear Creek residents without dependents or disabilities seeking food stamps to take part in the Colorado Employment First work-experience program.

  • Cooking for a captive audience

    It's almost lunchtime, and the food looks appetizing: grilled chicken breast sandwiches marinated in wing sauce, golden french fries and brownies.

    Food prepared in the Clear Creek County jail has long had a reputation for being tasty and well-prepared — and that's by design. Special attention is given to the meals prepared by two county employees and anywhere from two to six inmates, because good food is a longstanding tradition at the jail and part of its institutional philosophy, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

  • Few accidents reported despite massive spring snowstorm

    Despite the spring storm that brought several feet of snow to Clear Creek County over the weekend, local law enforcement responded to few traffic accidents.

    The National Weather Service reported that as of Sunday, when the snowfall finally abated, Georgetown had received 18.5 inches, the Evergreen portion of the county got 35.5 inches, Silver Plume received 41.7 inches, and St. Mary's Glacier got a whopping 46 inches — one of the highest totals in the state.

  • Multi-sport athlete signs with Regis University

    By Craig Harper — For the Courant

    EVERGREEN — Basketball or volleyball. For most of her prep career at Clear Creek High School, Rebecca Abrahamson went back and forth deciding which of the two sports she liked best and would play in college.

  • County’s seniors are invited to ‘prom’

    Those 62 years and older — whether they like to dance or not — are invited to Clear Creek County’s Enchantment Under the Sea Seniors Prom on April 22.

    The free evening of dancing, music and food will be held at the Idaho Springs Elks Lodge starting at 5 p.m.

    Well, almost free.

    “There is an admission fee — you have to dance one dance at least,” joked Donna Kline, the event coordinator and an employee of the Clear Creek County Department of Human Services.

  • Clear Creek Tourism Association plans to step up promotion efforts

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Association plans to spend $15,000 this summer to advertise on Denver area buses and commuter rail.

    Additionally, the association will publish and distribute 50,000 visitor guides, highlighting the county’s businesses, recreation and tourism opportunities.

    Tourism director Cassandra Patton said the association is printing 20,000 more visitor guides than last year to mail to various groups along the Front Range.