http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 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" /><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> Springs loosening purse strings in 2015 budget — a little http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/springs-loosening-purse-strings-2015-budget-%E2%80%94-little <p> The city of Idaho Springs&rsquo; draft 2015 budget includes a 5 percent cost-of-living increase for current employees and adds 2&frac12; employee positions.<br /> Interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams says the budget reflects the city&rsquo;s desire to take advantage of frugal planning during past administrations.<br /> &ldquo;Because of all that good planning (of years past, the city) has very strong reserves. We are able to, carefully, begin to do some things that maybe should have been done,&rdquo; Adams said.<br /> Investigators examining human skull found near Silver Plume http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/investigators-examining-human-skull-found-near-silver-plume <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-skull.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span>A human skull found near Silver Plume is getting a once-over from Texas investigators for clues as to how it got there.</span></p> <p> Few details have been released about the skull, which was found by a hiker on April 15.</p> <p> However, the skull is believed to be from a woman between the ages of 23 and 43, based on initial forensic investigation, said Capt. Bruce Snelling, a spokesman for the Clear Creek Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. The skull does not exhibit signs of trauma, Snelling said.</p> Closure of Black Hawk clinic to affect Clear Creek residents http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/closure-black-hawk-clinic-affect-clear-creek-residents-0 <p> As many as 200 Clear Creek County residents could be without a primary-care doctor when Mountain Family Health Center closes in Black Hawk in late November.</p> <p> The clinic is closing because the majority of its patients &ldquo;voted with their feet&rdquo; and moved to other clinics for care, said Ross Brooks, chief executive of the Mountain Family clinic system. The Black Hawk clinic currently has about 400 clients, down from a high of about 3,000 seven years ago, he said. It has been in business for more than three decades.</p> Commissioners eye more conservative 2015 budget http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/commissioners-eye-more-conservative-2015-budget <p> The county&rsquo;s three elected&nbsp;commissioners are discussing ways to be more conservative with planned spending in 2015.<br /> A 4 percent merit raise for county staff expected to cost about $400,000 is getting close scrutiny, for example. Another proposed expenditure would be three new vehicles at $95,000 each for one department.<br /> In general,&nbsp;&ldquo;we&rsquo;re going to have to get used to saying &lsquo;no&rsquo; in 2015,&rdquo; Commissioner Tim Mauck said&nbsp;during a budget discussion at a meeting on Oct. 14.<br /> Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/signs-signs-everywhere-there%E2%80%99s-signs <img src="http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-stolensigns-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Gloria Newman poses with political signs that she posted at Floyd Hill on Oct. 16. Newman has had her signs stolen numerous times." title="Gloria Newman poses with political signs that she posted at Floyd Hill on Oct. 16. Newman has had her signs stolen numerous times." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Election-inspired shenanigans are in full swing in Clear Creek County as campaigns move into the last few weeks before the Nov. 4 election.</p> Closure of Black Hawk clinic to affect Clear Creek residents http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/closure-black-hawk-clinic-affect-clear-creek-residents <p> As many as 200 Clear Creek County residents could be without a primary-care doctor when Mountain Family Health Center closes in Black Hawk in late November.<br /> The clinic is closing because the majority of its patients &ldquo;voted with their feet&rdquo; and moved to other clinics for care, said Ross Brooks, chief executive of the Mountain Family clinic system. The Black Hawk clinic currently has about 400 clients, down from a high of about 3,000 seven years ago, he said. It has been in business for more than three decades.<br /> A roundup of Clear Creek election races, sales tax question http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/roundup-clear-creek-election-races-sales-tax-question <p> With ballots arriving last week and the Nov. 4 election on the horizon, here&rsquo;s a recap of some of the local contests, officials and issues.<br /> Clear Creek County has nearly 7,500 registered voters. Unaffiliated voters make up about 40 percent of voters, with 2,961. There are 2,248 registered Democrats in the county and 2,180 registered Republicans, according to the latest information from the Clear Creek clerk and recorder&rsquo;s office.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sales tax</strong><br />