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Today's News

  • Proposed statewide tax increase could yield schools $1.6 billion

    Taxpayers across the state could see a $1.6 billion tax increase question on their November ballots this fall if backers of a new school funding measure are able to collect enough voter signatures between now and July 11.

  • Trail work at Floyd Hill park planned for summer

    Jeffco and Clear Creek County residents should strap on their hiking shoes and grab a shovel because there’s trails to be built and hiked at Floyd Hill Park this summer.

    Martha Tableman, Clear Creek County open space coordinator, said Clear Creek is working with various volunteer organizations to schedule trail-building projects at Floyd Hill through August.

    The park, which was acquired by the two counties last April, currently has about 1.3 miles of trails, but preliminary plans are to build more over the next few years.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from March 5-11

    • Monday, March 5 — Georgetown police responded to a suspicious activity call in the 600 block of Loop Drive regarding a vehicle parked on the bicycle trail. Nothing was located.

    • Monday, March 5 — Authorities responded to a report of a vehicle on fire near mile marker 243 of eastbound Interstate 70. After checking the area, the vehicle was located with no flames showing, just a red tag flapping in the wind.

  • The un-squeaky wheel

    “The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” as the old proverb goes. The problem with this saying, as it applies to politics, is that the loudest voices are not always the will of the majority.  
    It seems more and more that the media and our government are paying attention to the wrong wheels. Time and time again, both entities are catering to those who make the most noise, the extremely vocal minority, while the majority remains silent or are intentionally shut out of the conversation.

  • Coming of age in the age of terror

    “I couldn’t stop thinking about the layout of my sister’s elementary school, worrying that her classroom was too close to the school’s entrance. I eyed closets and windows in my own classrooms, imagining where I would hide were a shooting to happen.”
    — Elizabeth Love,
    West High School SLC, UT - DOB: April 2000

  • The Echo of little ski boots at night

    If you drop by the newly renovated lodge at Echo Mountain on Wednesday evenings, you might see a spirited passel of kids cruising down the mountain with shiny helmets reflecting the bright spotlights lining the slope.  Inside a sparkling, newly renovated lodge, their parents enjoy the inviting fireplace, “really, really good burgers,” and perhaps a frosty beer.

  • RoadX project connects vehicles with the road

    Vehicles traveling the Interstate 70 corridors will soon be able to communicate with each other, the road and with the driver.

    This month, CDOT will begin installing connected vehicle roadside units, which will use radio to talk with vehicles as part of the agency’s RoadX Program.

    The goal is to make driving safer and more efficient.

    Amy Ford, chief of advanced mobility at CDOT, said RoadX is a broad umbrella effort where CDOT is looking to partner with the private sector to harness technology to get drivers moving faster and more safely.

  • Breaking down currently unopposed incumbents running for office

    With the March 24 Democrat and Republican Assemblies right around the corner, here’s a recap of some of the currently unopposed county officials running for office.

    County clerk and recorder

    Long-time County Clerk Pam Phipps is not seeking re-election for her office for the first time since 1983.

    “I’m 66 now, so it’s time I can get Social Security, and I feel like it’s time to retire and go do something else," Phipps said. "Maybe go see my grandkids more and that sort of thing."

  • Eye in the sky

    Orange in color and sounding like a hive of angry bees, Eagle 1 drifted lazily in the air above a Dumont parking lot on March 7.

    With its six miniature helicopter blades, the unmanned aerial system, or drone, can see pretty much anything. At least that's what the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office is hoping.

  • Officials positively ID teacher’s body

    Officials have positively identified the body of Peter McInerney, 65, a Denver preschool teacher who didn’t come to work after skiing at Jones Pass last month.

    Alpine Rescue members found McInerney’s body on March 1. He went missing in the area on Feb. 18 during a ski trip.

    While authorities weren’t initially saying the body belonged to McInerney, who taught at Park Hill’s Children Center, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling confirmed last Thursday that the identification was made.