en Sunny side up <img src="" alt="Students, parents and teachers line up to fill their plates with a Thanksgiving breakfast on Friday at Georgetown Community School." title="Students, parents and teachers line up to fill their plates with a Thanksgiving breakfast on Friday at Georgetown Community School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It was breakfast heaven on Nov. 21 for Georgetown Community School students, who carefully tread the school&rsquo;s halls, balancing ponderous plates piled high with pastries, muffins and doughnuts.</p> <p> For the past three years, the school has hosted a Thanksgiving breakfast, which fills the gymnasium and its bleachers with parents, teachers and children.</p> <p> Sausage, eggs, fruit, danish, quiche and more, all brought by families and school staff, filled two long tables in the gym.</p> Delays in bridge project anger owners of businesses <p> Local business owners, frustrated with delays in replacing the Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs, want the state to fund a promotional campaign to boost their businesses.</p> <p> At a meeting Nov. 20, the business owners told officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, Mountain Corridor Constructors, that they are losing revenue, and that their employees are working fewer hours as the holiday shopping season arrives.</p> County to turn over 5.6 acres to town of Empire <p> A 5.6-acre parcel at the gateway to Empire could be town property soon &mdash; and it could become a community park in the future.</p> <p> The undeveloped parcel of county land is on the right side of the road as a driver approaches Empire from the south. Clear Creek County put the parcel up for sale last year for $150,000 but did not receive any interest, said Lisa Leben, the county&rsquo;s special projects director. The county assessor&rsquo;s office values the parcel at about $35,000, Leben said.</p> 3 Denver area firms submit proposals for Colorado Boulevard reconstruction <p> Three Denver area companies have expressed interest in Idaho Springs&rsquo; $21.9 million Colorado Boulevard reconstruction project set to begin next year.</p> <p> Atkins and HDR Inc., both based in Denver, and Baseline Engineering in Golden responded to a request for proposals to design and manage the project. City officials will make a final decision Dec. 8.</p> <p> Mayor Mike Hillman said the city looks at several factors, in addition to cost, when deciding on a contractor.</p> Planning Commission OKs pot growing in industrial, agricultural zones <p> Pot growing should be allowed in the county&rsquo;s industrial zones, Clear Creek Planning Commission members recommended on a 4-2 vote Wednesday.</p> <p> Four industrial zones in the county are located&nbsp;at&nbsp;either end of Idaho Springs, in Dumont and just west of Empire.</p> Global-warming claims spark heated responses <p> Colorado&rsquo;s recent cold snap and snow come directly from worldwide global warming, according to a National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist who spoke Tuesday evening at the Colorado Foothills World Affairs Council.</p> <p> Specifically, Super Typhoon Nuri in Japan on Nov. 8 pushed warm air north into the Arctic. Warm air in the Arctic pushed cold air south into the United States around Nov. 12, said Kevin Trenberth, the Boulder NCAR scientist. Trenberth discussed &ldquo;Climate Change: Coming, Ready or Not!&rdquo; at the event at Mount Vernon Country Club.</p> Idaho Springs readies for festive holiday season <p> Surely I am not the only one who is happy to see the elections behind us. I wonder how the networks and the Internet will possibly be able to fill their advertising space without all those political ads. Just a little post-election sarcasm there. None of the county office candidates had any opposition, and all but one were incumbents. They all deserve congratulations and our thanks for what they have done and our support for what they intend to do.</p> Sledding, tubing not permitted on Berthoud Pass <p> For the ninth year, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding residents and visitors to the county that sledding and tubing on Berthoud Pass is illegal.</p> <p> The sledding ban affects the area within a quarter-mile of the parking area at Berthoud Pass on U.S. 40, about 12 miles northwest of Empire.</p> <p> &ldquo;This area has a history of serious injuries resulting from sledders colliding with vehicles in the parking area and with other users,&rdquo; Clear Creek District Ranger Penny Wu said in a written statement.&nbsp;</p>