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Today's News

  • 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.

  • DA: Deputy who shot man after car chase acted appropriately

    The Clear Creek district attorney and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation have determined that a deputy who shot and wounded a man after car chase in February acted appropriately and therefore will not face criminal charges.

    Clear Creek County sheriff's Deputy Don Wilson shot a man on Interstate 70 near Empire after a car chase in heavy ski traffic. 

  • Fall arrives in Clear Creek

    A red fox  hangs out near Echo Lake as the leaves change color.

  • HD13 candidates offer different approaches to transit

    Both candidates vying for the House District 13 seat in the Nov. 4 general election agree that Interstate 70 and transportation are the biggest issues facing Clear Creek County, but that's where the similarity ends.
    Incumbent Democrat KC Becker is a former Boulder city councilwoman who was appointed by a vacancy committee to the District 13 seat last year to replace Rep. Claire Levy. Levy left to become executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.

  • Pygmy nuthatches display interesting eating habits

    Sitting at the window one day last week, I saw birds at my feeder when I suddenly noticed some odd behavior among the birds coming to a nearby ponderosa pine.