Today's News

  • 300 participate in Rideshare Day

    At least 300 people picked up wristbands to get discounts at the first-ever Mountain Rideshare Day on Saturday.

    In addition, at least 130,000 people heard about the promotion on social media sites, according to Amy Ford, a spokeswoman for the state Transportation Department. CDOT officials sponsored the carpool day at the "dinosaur" park-and-ride lots in Morrison on both sides of Interstate 70. They tout carpools a way to ease weekend traffic congestion on Interstate 70.

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    Thanks for help with Mardi Gras fund-raiser


    On behalf of the board of directors of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society, we wish to thank everyone who participated in our Mardi Gras fund-raiser.

  • Two boards and their choice of leaders

    Having followed the unfolding saga taking place within the fire district, I can say this with certainty: I’m glad I’m not on the Fire Authority board. Talk about occupying a hot seat in the midst of a raging wildfire.

    Having said that, I want to thank the board for dealing with the contentious issue about Fire Chief Kelly Babeon’s status in a transparent, professional manner.

  • Students get a taste for science at fair

    It was a brilliant, if messy, fusion of theory and creativity at the Georgetown Community School science fair on Feb. 3.

    Two dozen students displayed and discussed their projects in the school’s cafeteria as students and judges walked among the tables in what could be called scientific pandemonium.

    Lorray Singmaster, third-grade teacher and science fair organizer, said her top goal was for the students to have fun.

  • Georgetown considering 1 percent boost in sales tax

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen is considering asking voters for a 1 percent increase in the sales tax in the April 6 election.

    If approved, the increase would put the town’s sales tax at 4 percent and would raise an additional $180,000 annually. Including state and county sales tax, the total rate for the town would become 7.9 percent.

    The town board wants to use the additional revenue for roadwork, drainage, streetlights, potholes and sidewalks.

  • King-Murphy students hop to it with heart

    King-Murphy students have learned that jumping rope is not only a good aerobic activity, but it also can help people.

    The students last week jumped rope during their physical education classes as part of the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. And they raised more than $4,000 to fight heart disease.

    Some of the money will be returned to the school, and physical education teacher Marc Gorenstein plans to buy more heart-rate monitors for the children to use in class.

  • Completion of Highway 103 bridge delayed again

    State transportation officials now say they don't know when the Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs will reopen — after previously giving an opening date of Friday, Feb. 13.

    The bridge over Interstate 70 into and out of Idaho Springs must be paved before it can open, state highway officials said in a statement released Monday. The approaches between the bridge and current roadways also must be leveled, according to the statement. 

  • Outside firm to evaluate Fire Authority

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority will hire an outsider to evaluate the organization after recent internal friction that included an unsuccessful attempt by two board members to oust Fire Chief Kelly Babeon.

    The fire board at its Feb. 11 meeting will put together a request for proposals from outside firms. The winning bidder will perform the evaluation, with an expected cost of about $10,000.

  • Mountain Rideshare Day planned Saturday

    You can win prizes and get your tires checked at the first-ever Mountain Rideshare Day slated for Saturday.

    State transportation officials are sponsoring the carpool day at the "dinosaur" park-and-ride lots in Morrison on both sides of Interstate 70. They tout carpools as an easy way to ease weekend traffic congestion on Interstate 70.

  • County needs to draw a line in the sand

    In my last two columns I discussed the scope of the I-70 corridor problem as well as the single-solution mind-set of the Colorado Department of Transportation: widen and pave it. I hold to four contentions:

    • For more than 97 percent of the time, the highway as it exists is more than adequate.

    • For the remaining 2 to 3 percent of time, there is no on-ground solution.

    • Expansion of the highway’s footprint is more than inimical to Clear Creek’s interests; it’s destructive to the community and environment.