http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Back-to-school night filled with excitement, anticipation http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/back-school-night-filled-excitement-anticipation <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-carlsonbacktoschool04-cb-082416.jpg" alt="Elliot Warren, 8, looks at his welcome postcard while meeting with his second-grade teacher, Liz Bogers, along with his mother, Melissa Clark, during back-to-school night at Carlson Elementary." title="Elliot Warren, 8, looks at his welcome postcard while meeting with his second-grade teacher, Liz Bogers, along with his mother, Melissa Clark, during back-to-school night at Carlson Elementary." align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> The gymnasium at Carlson Elementary School was in all likelihood the loudest place in Clear Creek County last Thursday as families greeted one another, teachers and staff during back-to-school night.</p> <p> An early-evening storm brought the event inside, and excitement was in the air in anticipation of the first day of school on Monday.</p> <p> &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t this great?&rdquo; principal Marcia Jochim said, gesturing at the chaos.</p> Clear Creek proposing excise tax on pot businesses http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-proposing-excise-tax-pot-businesses <p> Clear Creek County will ask voters to approve a 5 percent-per-sale excise tax on marijuana in the Nov. 8 election.</p> <p> The ballot question will ask if the county can collect an excise tax on wholesales sales at dispensaries, businesses that sell only edibles or at growing facilities.</p> <p> Officials hope residents approve the ballot question so the county can help offset the declining property-tax revenues from the expected closure of the Henderson Mine in the next several years.</p> K-Goat moves to Historic District http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/k-goat-moves-historic-district <p> KYGT-FM moved into the Majestic Building at 1630 Miner St. this week.</p> <p> The nonprofit radio station, formerly located in a historic cabin on the east side of Idaho Springs, had to move by March 1, 2017, to make room for the expansion of Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park. It decided to move early because the space was available in the Majestic Building.</p> County jail inmates on the trail of community service http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-jail-inmates-trail-community-service <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-chaingang02-cb-082416.jpg" alt="Deputy Gabe Walsh, left, monitors inmates as they maintain a trail. " title="Deputy Gabe Walsh, left, monitors inmates as they maintain a trail. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Residents and visitors may spot &ldquo;chain gangs&rdquo; working to clean up and repair trails throughout Clear Creek County.</p> <p> On Sunday, a handful of the county jail&rsquo;s occupants gathered under the close supervision of deputies to work on the Silver Creek Trail, which goes from Saxon Mountain in Georgetown to Dumont and runs parallel to Interstate 70.</p> Springs rounds up ideas for roundabout http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/springs-rounds-ideas-roundabout <p> A waterwheel, mine cart and statues are among the ideas Idaho Springs officials are considering as decorations for the roundabout on the east end of Colorado Boulevard.</p> <p> Whatever the design is, city officials must make sure the art doesn&rsquo;t distract drivers, several city council members stressed at an Aug. 15 work session.</p> <p> &ldquo;You need to be able to see underneath this thing,&rdquo; council member Kate Collier said, adding that the city needs to consider a test-run on some of the items to see if drivers become distracted.</p> Adams hired as executive director of Idaho Springs chamber http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/adams-hired-executive-director-idaho-springs-chamber <p> Longtime Idaho Springs public servant Phyllis Adams has been hired as executive director of the Idaho Springs Chamber of Commerce.</p> <p> Adams, who served as a city council member and city administrator, was appointed earlier this month and is the first chamber director since 2012. She hopes to rejuvenate the organization and help the chamber board refocus its goals for the city.</p> <p> &ldquo;I had the time and the knowledge and hopefully the skills that will help them,&rdquo; Adams said.</p> Wheelock determined to take on county’s challenges http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/wheelock-determined-take-county%E2%80%99s-challenges <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-wheelock.jpg" alt="Randy Wheelock" title="Randy Wheelock" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> County commission candidate Randy Wheelock says the county needs a strong advocate in dealing with future Interstate 70 expansion and a future without the Henderson Mine.</p> <p> The Empire resident, general contractor, former elected official and longtime leader of the Clear Creek Democrats is running for the District 3 commission seat in the Nov. 8 election.&nbsp;District 3 incorporates the west end of the county, including Empire, Georgetown and Silver Plume.</p> New owner of Empire School plans gas station, convenience store http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/new-owner-empire-school-plans-gas-station-convenience-store <p> The new owner of the former Empire School wants to retrofit the building for a gas station and convenience store by the end of the year.</p> <p> Owner Joseph Shunta is waiting to get estimates on costs and time frames for the project, hoping the business will be open in four months, and he&rsquo;s excited to cater to Empire residents and tourists traveling through the town.</p> <p> Shunta, a Texas businessman who owns other property in Empire, bought the building and land from the Clear Creek School District for $300,000.</p>