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Today's News

  • Lessons from 2014

    2014, as is true with all years, continued to prove that Clear Creek kids have fun, interesting and educational experiences. The Clear Creek Courant takes readers back to some of the school experiences the paper covered in the last year.

    King-Murphy Elementary

    At King-Murphy, teachers and students received high marks during a mock lockdown drill when they pretended there was an intruder in the area.

  • Pygmy nuthatches regularly flutter around feeders

    The birdfeeder below my window is still bringing a variety of birds into view. One of these is the tiny, beloved pygmy nuthatch. Almost daily, a few of these tiny guys are busy gleaning the ponderosa pine above the feeder, gathering insects, which keeps the pines healthy as well as the birds.

  • Accidental, natural deaths up in county in 2014

    The county coroner’s office is reporting an 8 percent increase in deaths so far in 2014 compared with the previous year, attributed in part to an increase in accidental and natural deaths.

    The overall number stands at 53 deaths in the county this year, compared with 49 during 2013.

    County Coroner Don Allan said the county saw seven suicides this year, only one of which was a county resident.

    “It’s always a tragedy with a suicide,” Allan said.

  • Contractor chosen for Colorado Boulevard reconstruction

    Denver-based HDR Inc. has been chosen by Idaho Springs to manage the $21.9 million Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project set to begin next year.

    The final bid amount and details are still under negotiation, according to Mayor Mike Hillman. A spokesperson from HDR Inc. was not available for comment.

  • Year in review 2014

    From marijuana to Interstate 70 to shooting on public lands, there was no shortage of news in Clear Creek County in 2014. Here’s a recap of some of those stories.

    Marijuana

    The number of retail marijuana sales outlets grew by at least two and a wholesale growing operation was approved in 2014 in Clear Creek County.

  • County OKs first stand-alone pot growing operation

    Clear Creek officials have approved the first stand-alone marijuana growing operation in the county — provided the owner makes some improvements to the planned company property.

    G Square Enterprises LLC, doing business as Gray Wolf Cultivation, appears to be owned by Keith and Guy Gibson in Idaho Springs, based on information filed with the Colorado secretary of state’s office.

  • Polis shops in Springs to support local merchants

    When 2nd Congressional District Congressman Jared Polis visits Idaho Springs during the holiday season, he wants to shop.

    Polis was in town Dec. 16 not only to buy gifts for his mother and sister, but to meet with local business owners to discuss economic struggles they're experiencing related to the Highway 103 bridge being removed for Interstate 70 construction.

  • CDOT’s I-70 mountain corridor czar determined to ease congestion

    CDOT's Patrick Chavez wants to make sure you can get from Frisco to C-470 in 90 minutes or less.

    Chavez, who started his new job Oct. 1, said he's beginning to understand some of the traffic issues that clog Interstate 70 at certain times — especially on weekends. But the new I-70 mountain corridor operations manager has more than $8 million worth of automation tools in his belt to combat the jams.

  • Empire’s town clerk moves to same position in G-town

    Newly named Georgetown Town Clerk Jennifer Cade learned the tricks of her trade during the last 12 years while she worked as the Empire town clerk.

    Not only did Cade have the part-time town clerk job in Empire, she also has lived there for many years.

    But she says the time was right to make the move to Georgetown for more hours and a higher salary. The previous Georgetown clerk resigned recently to take a new job, said Tom Hale, city administrator. The salary for the Georgetown town clerk’s job is $43,680.

  • Federal project would improve habitat for bighorn sheep

    Bighorn sheep near Empire could soon enjoy even more grand, sweeping vistas if U.S. Forest Service officials move forward with a plan to improve their habitat.

    Officials plan to cut down trees and burn trees and brush on some south-facing hillsides and other nearby mountainside areas northwest of Empire that total 495 acres to improve sheep habitat in the area, according to a letter requesting public comment for the project.