en Science fair lets Carlson students test their theories <img src="" alt="Carlson Elementary sixth-grader Breyda Spinner holds a plastic bag full of animal teeth that she used in her science experiment while science fair judge Chris Coleman looks at her project." title="Carlson Elementary sixth-grader Breyda Spinner holds a plastic bag full of animal teeth that she used in her science experiment while science fair judge Chris Coleman looks at her project." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">With fruit-flinging catapults, glass beakers overflowing with green crystals and questionable jars full of soda-pickled liver, scientific flair was on display at the annual Carlson Elementary School science fair.</span></p> <p> On Jan. 28, a handful of volunteer judges met with nearly 80 students from preschool through sixth grade who were showing off their unique, and sometimes slightly unusual, presentations.</p> School district bracing for loss of tax revenue when mine closes <p> The Clear Creek School District is gearing up for the negative impact on its finances when the Henderson Mine closes.<br /> However, the district does not expect to lose the large sums of money other entities funded by property taxes will, thanks to the state&rsquo;s Public School Finance Act, which aims to make financing more equitable among school districts.<br /> CDOT project to equip 700 vehicles for road-condition updates on I-70 <p> A pilot project in the Interstate 70 corridor will allow hundreds of vehicles to provide information on road conditions to help the state&rsquo;s transit agency respond to problems.</p> <p> Called &ldquo;Road X,&rdquo; the $200,000, two-year project will begin this year. The Colorado Department of Transportation will use vehicles connected by radio and cell phone to facilitate responses to slowdowns or accidents related to traffic or weather.</p> <p> &ldquo;We see great opportunities with technology in this corridor,&rdquo; said CDOT&rsquo;s project director, Peter Kozinski.</p> Springs police chief pondering lower speed limit on Miner Street <p> The Idaho Springs Police Department hopes to make the speed limit 15 mph on the entire length of Miner Street to reduce speeding through town.</p> <p> Police Chief Chris Malanka told residents at a meet-and-greet with the town&rsquo;s top cop that he would bring the proposal to the city council.</p> <p> The current limit is 20 mph east of the Historic District and 15 mph through the district. Malanka hopes to make 15 mph the limit throughout.</p> Six arrested in burglary at G-town pot dispensary <p> Two adults and four juveniles were arrested in Idaho Springs on Jan. 29 in connection with a burglary at a Georgetown marijuana dispensary.</p> <p> Idaho Springs police Detective Glenn Hardey said a suspect vehicle was seen leaving the dispensary, and a description of the vehicle and its license-plate number were provided to police.</p> <p> Police also found evidence that they believe is linked to a Jan. 22 burglary at Mountain Medicinals in Idaho Springs.</p> Book looks at history, development of fire <p> With a passion for fire safety and storytelling, former Idaho Springs resident Einar Jensen recently published &ldquo;Ancient Fire, Modern Fire: Understanding and Living With Our Friend and Foe.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Fire is so incredibly important to our species, whether it is illumination or cooking or keeping warm or combining metals,&rdquo; Jensen said. &ldquo;&hellip; But we do take it for granted, and that&rsquo;s why people get injured or die. And, honestly, it drives me crazy.&rdquo;</p> Commissioners name Lee to county treasurer post <p> Clear Creek&rsquo;s county commissioners have appointed Carol Lee to replace retiring county treasurer Irene Kincade.</p> <p> Lee has an extensive background in banking and has worked in the treasurer&rsquo;s office for seven years. She was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday.</p> <p> &ldquo;To me it is just natural &hellip; to step up, rather than having someone else come in,&rdquo; said Lee, who had been serving as deputy treasurer. &ldquo;It just intrigued me, and I still want to work here and take care of the county.&rdquo;</p> Body of missing hiker found at St. Mary’s Glacier <p> The body of a 50-year-old man who went missing Jan. 15 while hiking at St. Mary&rsquo;s Glacier was found near avalanche debris on Saturday.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Todd Musselman of Edgewater disappeared while hiking in the area last week. Poor weather and avalanche danger forced the searchers to abandon their efforts earlier in the week.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Searchers resumed looking for the man Saturday.</p> <p> Four snow slides were reported in the area during the time Musselman had disappeared.&nbsp;</p>