http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Labor of love: Unheralded workers form the core of Clear Creek community http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/labor-love-unheralded-workers-form-core-clear-creek-community <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-llplumbing-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Ron and Melanie Leatherwood sit with their dog Bo on their front porch in Idaho Springs. The Leatherwoods own and operate L&amp;L Plumbing." title="Ron and Melanie Leatherwood sit with their dog Bo on their front porch in Idaho Springs. The Leatherwoods own and operate L&amp;L Plumbing." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If a dog is barking or a horse goes on the lam, folks call Jeromie Morgan, one of two animal control officers in Clear Creek County.</p> <p> In fact, Morgan spends quite a bit of his work time looking for pet owners. If a dog is running loose, animal control officers will respond right away and try to find the owner, Morgan said. If a dog is barking, he also follows up with the owner, who oftentimes professes ignorance.</p> <p> &ldquo;Those are the easy ones. (Owners say they) aren&rsquo;t aware that the dogs are barking when they&rsquo;re not home,&rdquo; Morgan said.</p> Idaho Springs hires community developer http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/idaho-springs-hires-community-developer-0 <p> Tim Katers is the new interim community developer in Idaho Springs.</p> <p> City council members hired Katers to work part-time at an hourly rate, as all the city&rsquo;s job descriptions are re-evaluated. The hourly rate and the future budget for the job were not immediately available from the city. Katers said he expects the job to grow to a full-time position in the coming months.</p> G-town Loop working to open Everett Mine for tours http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/g-town-loop-working-open-everett-mine-tours <p> The Georgetown Loop Railroad is hoping to strike it rich by refurbishing an old silver mine to attract more tourists.</p> <p> Workers are excavating the Everett Mine, which is near the Lebanon Mine. Both are north of Georgetown, and tours are conducted through the Lebanon Mine.</p> <p> Loop marketing manager Tom Hill said the Lebanon Mine is such a popular destination for tourists riding the train that there&#39;s not enough room in the mine to accommodate them.</p> Time machines: Historic hot rods will re-create Georgetown’s other Golden Age http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/time-machines-historic-hot-rods-will-re-create-georgetown%E2%80%99s-other-golden-age <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-hotrod01-082014.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Silver Queen will be awash in steel and chrome on Saturday, Sept. 13, as up to 70 vintage road-rockets roar back into Georgetown for the second annual Hot Rod Hill Climb.</p> <p> &ldquo;These aren&rsquo;t sports cars,&rdquo; says Mike Nicholas, chief wrench at Nick&rsquo;s Garage in Englewood and the man who kicked the Hill Climb back into high gear last summer. &ldquo;These are the drag cars of the early &lsquo;50s running four-bangers, flathead-8s and early in-line motors.&rdquo;</p> Yesteryear’s guests bring past to life at hotel museum http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/yesteryear%E2%80%99s-guests-bring-past-life-hotel-museum <p> The Countess Magri was the most famous person ever to stay at the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown.</p> <p> The countess, probably better known as the former Mrs. General Tom Thumb, appears to have been the most famous person to sign the guestbook in 1893, anyway. Before she married Count Magri, an Italian, the countess was well known in popular American culture. She and her husband were internationally known through the marketing and promotion efforts of circus master P.T. Barnum.</p> G-town Lake dam in line for $2.2 million upgrade http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/g-town-lake-dam-line-22-million-upgrade <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-georgetowndam01-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Construction continues at the Georgetown Lake dam." title="Construction continues at the Georgetown Lake dam." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Georgetown and Black Hawk are embarking on a project at the Georgetown Lake dam that will allow more water to flow down Clear Creek to stay in compliance with a Colorado Water Court decision.</p> <p> The two towns have rights to some water in the lake, but the rest belongs to municipalities downstream in the Denver area. That&rsquo;s why the towns are spending $2.2 million to create a way to allow more water to flow over the dam and to better regulate that flow.</p> Parents, students admire renovations at King-Murphy http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/parents-students-admire-renovations-king-murphy <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-kingmurphy03-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Kristen Wiggs explains the Homeworkopoly game to Claire Chaplais and her son Tristan Snook, 9, during back-to-school night at King-Murphy Elementary. " title="Kristen Wiggs explains the Homeworkopoly game to Claire Chaplais and her son Tristan Snook, 9, during back-to-school night at King-Murphy Elementary. " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> The fourth-grade classrooms at King-Murphy Elementary School have that fresh-paint, new-carpet smell.</p> <p> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times I&rsquo;ve told the students to look at the carpet,&rdquo; said fourth-grade teacher Samantha Gorenstein, knowing the carpets won&rsquo;t be clean for long as students settle into the daily &mdash; and sometimes messy &mdash; routine of the new school year.</p> Cost doubles for shoulder lane on I-70 http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cost-doubles-shoulder-lane-i-70 <p> It could now cost $72 million to build an eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 from Empire to Idaho Springs &mdash; $36 million more than state transportation officials originally budgeted.</p> <p> A bank loan of $20 million to $30 million could cover most of the difference, according to a memo from Tony DeVito, the state transportation director in charge of the region, to state transportation commissioners.</p>