http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Grateful ghouls planning ‘Thriller’ of a thank-you http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/grateful-ghouls-planning-%E2%80%98thriller%E2%80%99-thank-you <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-thrillerdance02-gc-102914.jpg" alt="Kiefer Zabel practices dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with his classmates on Oct. 24 at Georgetown Community School." title="Kiefer Zabel practices dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” with his classmates on Oct. 24 at Georgetown Community School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On Oct. 24, more than 100 Georgetown Community School students did the slide, shoulder shuffle, hand-clap, dance-step combination of Michael Jackson&rsquo;s iconic &ldquo;Thriller&rdquo; dance.</p> County eyes options for events center http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/county-eyes-options-events-center <p> <br /> Clear Creek County officials are discussing measures to ensure that a planned 22-acre event center would be successful in Empire.<br /> County Commissioner Tom Hayden recently met with Denver concert promoter Chuck Morris, president and chief executive of AEG Live, to discuss general concert booking plans. Commissioners also might discuss whether to pay for an economic analysis study at the site, County Commissioner Tim Mauck said recently.<br /> Empire voters will weigh fee on wholesale pot transactions http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/empire-voters-will-weigh-fee-wholesale-pot-transactions <p> The town of Empire is asking voters in the Nov. 4 election if a fee should be charged for marijuana wholesale transactions in the town.<br /> The town would like to charge $5 for every transaction Serene Wellness makes with another pot dispensary. Serene Wellness also grows marijuana and sells it to other businesses.<br /> The town figures that if voters approve the fee, it will receive about $1,000 a year in revenue.<br /> Mayor Wendy Koch said the town has not identified a specific fund or priority for the money if it becomes available.<br /> Alliance with Pro Challenge considered for Triple Bypass http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/alliance-pro-challenge-considered-triple-bypass <p> Organizers of the Triple Bypass bike ride might partner with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race soon to help the well-known local event grow, according to its director.</p> <p> Pro Cycling officials contacted Triple Bypass organizers recently to offer marketing, promotion and potential sponsorship help, said Peter Morales, president of the board of directors for Team Evergreen, the nonprofit group that has run the Triple Bypass for 26 years.</p> Pulverization of plump pumpkins planned http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/pulverization-plump-pumpkins-planned <p> Pumpkins will be smashed, crushed, splattered, launched and generally obliterated during the annual Pumpkin Smash on&nbsp;Nov. 1.<br /> The free event, hosted for the past six years by the local nonprofit Scraps-to-Soil, provides an educational component about recycling and composting during the day of frenzied pumpkin destruction at the Idaho Springs baseball field from noon to 4 p.m.<br /> This year the group is adding a new feature: throwing pies at elected officials.<br /> Clear Creek County CERT grads prepared to help in a crisis http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/clear-creek-county-cert-grads-prepared-help-crisis <p> <br /> The fourth Clear Creek County Community Emergency Response Team class graduated on Saturday, adding another group of residents prepared to act in an emergency.<br /> The Community Emergency Response Team is a national effort to educate people in basic disaster response, such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.<br /> The local branch of the program has graduated four classes in six years.<br /> Taco Bell coming to Dumont http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/taco-bell-coming-dumont <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Motorists wanting to get their Mexican food fix can make a &ldquo;run for the border&rdquo; in Clear Creek County when Taco Bell opens in Dumont in December.</span></p> <p> The former Burger King restaurant at 1073 County Road 308 was sold for $550,000 to Palo Alto Inc./Alvarado Holdings LLC, a Denver-based restaurant holding company. The sale closed Oct. 15, according to county records.&nbsp;</p> CDOT gives update on I-70 projects http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/cdot-gives-update-i-70-projects <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-103bridge01-gc-102214.jpg" alt="The Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 was closed for expansion work on Sunday." title="The Highway 103 bridge over Interstate 70 was closed for expansion work on Sunday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Clear Creek residents heard from Colorado of Department Transportation officials about projects to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 70 during a telephone town hall meeting Oct. 15.</p>