Today's News

  • Choir’s fund-raising hits a high note

    The Carlson Choir served pasta dinners and harmonious music earlier this month to raise money to compete at music festivals.

  • Mountain lion sightings have officials urging caution

    Mountain lions are making appearances throughout Clear Creek County, and residents need to know what to do if they encounter one.
    Idaho Springs Mayor Mike Hillman said he’s heard from people who have spotted as many as four mountain lions at one time in the area as recently as last week.
    Karl Schell, the county’s road and bridge west district foreman, said he saw a mountain lion recently north of Empire.

  • Feeding the hungry

    The new walk-in freezer at the Loaves & Fishes food bank was nearly empty on Friday afternoon, but by the end of this week, more than 4,000 pounds of frozen turkeys will fill the shelves in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    With the help of donors, a few helping hands and some strong backs, more than 250 turkeys and Thanksgiving boxes will be distributed to Clear Creek County families in need.

  • EMS seeks funding for third staffed ambulance

    Ambulance officials want to add a third staffed ambulance on 42 busy weekends next year to better respond to an estimated 7 percent jump in call volume.

    Clear Creek EMS is requesting an additional $82,000 in the 2015 county budget to pay workers to staff the third ambulance on busy summer and winter weekends. The ambulance service currently staffs two ambulances. If more ambulances are needed, Clear Creek EMS calls its neighbors, including the Gilpin County ambulance service.

  • Planning Commission to consider marijuana grow operations

    Want to have a say about whether you or your neighbor should be allowed to grow pot in Clear Creek County?

    You’ll get your chance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, when the Clear Creek County Planning Commission discusses where  marijuana can be grown in the county, if at all. The public hearing will be at Idaho Springs City Hall, 1711 Miner St. 

  • Clear Creek schools on two-hour delay Thursday

    Clear Creek schools are on a two-hour delay Thursday as a result of the frigid temperatures and severe wind-chill factor.

    The school district website said classes will begin about 10:20 a.m. Buses will also be delayed by two hours.

  • Funding sought for Peak to Plains trail segment

    Peaks to Plains bike trail supporters have a plan to get the money needed to build a new, 0.7-mile segment of trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Officials weigh economic development options

    County leaders continue to look for “catalyst” projects that could snowball into more economic development for the region.

    For example, some hotel developers have expressed interest in building a new hotel near Georgetown Lake, although none have moved to buy property there yet, said Peggy Stokstad, executive director of the Clear Creek Economic Development Corp. 

    A few more potential economic development examples:

    • Leaders want to bring a new energy company to the county, said Tim Mauck, county commissioner.

  • Albers plans changes at Sheriff’s Office

    Incoming Sheriff Rick Albers wants residents to know there’s a new sheriff in town when he takes office Jan. 1.

    Current Sheriff Don Krueger did not run for re-election after serving almost 20 years in office. When he leaves office, Krueger will hold the distinction of being the longest continuously serving sheriff in Clear Creek County history.

  • $1.1 million remodel slated for sheriff’s office

    Sheriff’s department employees are working from temporary locations for at least the next six months while the sheriff’s office gets a face-lift.

    The county now plans to spend about $1.1 million on the sheriff’s department office remodel. It’s the last county department office to be scheduled for a remodel — all other county offices have been upgraded with new carpet, paint and other improvements in recent years.