http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Free bike fleet a golden opportunity for Springs youth http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/free-bike-fleet-golden-opportunity-springs-youth <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-communitybikes01-cb-062216.jpg" alt="Santiago Garcia III, owner of A Culture of Speed bike shop, fixed 30 bikes, painted them gold and made them available for anyone to use around Idaho Springs." title="Santiago Garcia III, owner of A Culture of Speed bike shop, fixed 30 bikes, painted them gold and made them available for anyone to use around Idaho Springs." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> It&#39;s about 9 a.m. on a Thursday on the east side of Idaho Springs when a small group of local kids on golden bicycles rides by Starbucks.</p> <p> Another young boy rides his bike down the sidewalk of the Historic District, and several more lean their golden bikes against the side of the rec center.</p> <p> This is exactly what Santiago Garcia III wants to see.</p> Commissioners contemplating whether ATVs should be allowed on county roads http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/commissioners-contemplating-whether-atvs-should-be-allowed-county-roads <p> The county is trying to decide if ATV operators should be able to drive on county roads while trying to reach U.S. Forest Service routes.</p> <p> Currently, it is illegal for any off-highway vehicle to use county roads.</p> <p> During the July 12 county commissioner meeting, the board directed county staff to put together routes that might be acceptable for OHV use.</p> County departments asked to cut 10 percent from budgets this year http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-departments-asked-cut-10-percent-budgets-year <p> The county has asked its departments and elected officials to cut 10 percent from their operating budgets for the remainder of the year to prepare for the expected revenue loss with the impending closure of Henderson Mine.</p> <p> This cut does not include salaries, benefits or contractual services, County Manager Keith Montag said. A 10 percent savings would equate to lowering the 2016 budget by $200,000.</p> Georgetown wants to annex land along I-70 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/georgetown-wants-annex-land-along-i-70 <p> Georgetown wants to annex four pieces of property along Interstate 70 to gain greater control of the area in case the Colorado Department of Transportation chooses to expand the interstate.</p> <p> So far, CDOT has no projects in the works for I-70.</p> <p> Annexing 76 acres from Georgetown to Silver Plume would allow the town more control over what is done in that area through the state&rsquo;s permitting process.</p> DA candidate wants to focus on major crimes http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/da-candidate-wants-focus-major-crimes <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mehrnia-cu-072016.jpg" alt="Sanam Mehrnia" title="Sanam Mehrnia" align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> Sanam Mehrnia, an unaffiliated district attorney candidate, wants to see less emphasis on petty infractions and more resources directed to successfully prosecuting major crimes.</p> <p> The Frisco-based defense attorney is running for the 5th Judicial District, which consists of Clear Creek County, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties.</p> Canines, kids on same page in reading program http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/canines-kids-same-page-reading-program <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-readingtodogs02-cb-071316.jpg" alt="Arthur Daley, 12, reads a story to shelter dog Jade at Charlie’s Place in Dumont. Youngsters in the Kids Corner program visited the shelter on July 6." title="Arthur Daley, 12, reads a story to shelter dog Jade at Charlie’s Place in Dumont. Youngsters in the Kids Corner program visited the shelter on July 6." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">At first, the barking was almost unbearable. Eighteen canines woofed in a disjointed chorus at a small troop of children who came to visit them at the local animal shelter on July 6.</span></p> <p> Upon entering, the kids grabbed books and blankets, and wandered among the stalls before deciding which dog to read to. Before long, the barking&nbsp;had mostly quieted down.</p> Despite crowds, calm prevails on the Fourth in Clear Creek http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/despite-crowds-calm-prevails-fourth-clear-creek <p> Despite large crowds, traffic and a strong showing of illegal fireworks, Clear Creek law enforcement agencies said the July 4th weekend was relatively calm.</p> <p> The county drew visitors on the holiday with fireworks displays in Idaho Springs and Georgetown. Georgetown also held a parade.</p> <p> Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers said the Fourth was quiet for his deputies, with the exception of following up on fireworks complaints, although his deputies did not hand out any citations for fireworks violations.</p> Empire flushing its water lines http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/empire-flushing-its-water-lines <p> Empire residents might find brown water coming out of their faucets this week, but town officials say the water is safe and the color is temporary.</p> <p> Empire Mayor Richard Sprague said the municipality is flushing its water lines to remove built-up sediment.</p> <p> &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of sediment in the pipes and iron buildup,&rdquo;&nbsp;Sprague said, &ldquo;and unfortunately, for eight years, nobody has been opening hydrants (in the town) and flushing out the lines, so now we&rsquo;re paying for it this summer. It has all come back to haunt us.&rdquo;</p>