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New COVID-19 restrictions will prohibit indoor dining, personal gatherings

As Denver metro counties continue to inch closer to local stay-at-home orders under Colorado's system of coronavirus-related restrictions, the state announced a new level of rules that prohibits …
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The three Clear Creek County commissioners, along with county staffers and members of the Echo Hills community congregate on Jan. 13, near the site of one of the three proposed broadband communications towers up for county approval.

Mixed signals - proposed broadband towers pick up some static

Residents of Echo Hills are debating whether better broadband is worth the visual impact of communication towers springing up next door. The Department of Regulatory Agencies identifies a ribbon of …

Clear Creek County’s COVID-19 update

At the Jan. 14 Clear Creek County COVID-19 update, county officials helped answer several questions from the community, with the assistance of the county’s public health director Tim Ryan. Will the …

Water and sewer rates may rise for Idaho Springs

Idaho Springs is considering a 5% rise in water and wastewater rates for Idaho Springs utility customers this year. The rate increase plan was approved for further discussion by a 6-1 vote with Jim …
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Colorado leaders react to Biden inauguration

Colorado officials on Wednesday marked the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, with Democrats offering messages of congratulations and conveying determination to …

Local aw enforcement agencies say they are prepared to meet safety demands if unrest accompanies inauguration

Law enforcement agencies throughout the Denver metro area are making preparations to respond should any civil unrest accompany Jan. 20's presidential inauguration. In a statement posted last week on …
Education
A map of the proposed trail that will go along the perimeter of the Clear Creek High/Middle School property.

Blazing a trail: Groups creating a hiking, biking path on CCHS property

A trail planned along the perimeter of the Clear Creek High/Middle School property is more than a trail — it’s a partnership. Stakeholders from the Mountain Youth Network, Clear Creek County and …

Teachers must wait for COVID-19 vaccine in Colorado as others given priority

Teachers and other school staff must wait for COVID vaccinations until after first responders and people 70 and older are vaccinated, state officials told local public health agencies Jan. 5. The …

Clear Creek education briefs for Dec. 23

Enrollment in the Clear Creek School District continues to decline, and Superintendent Karen Quanbeck attributes some of the loss to COVID-19. She said some …

With expanded testing, Denver metro school districts hope for January return

Testing for quarantined students, some preemptive testing in schools and modified quarantine requirements are expected to be the ticket to more consistent in-person classes for several school …
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Kimberly Knox, owner of Georgetown Outdoor Discovery, poses during a snowshoe hike at Silver Dale.

BizBeat: Georgetown-based guide offers personalized recreation opportunities

Folks with exercise and outdoor-focused New Year’s resolutions need to look no further than a hiking, snowshoeing or skiing tour with Georgetown Outdoor Discovery. Georgetown resident Kimberly Knox …
Artist Laura Burrell Garden prepares hummingbird feeders for mailing. Garden has painted original designs that are on a special plastic that she adheres to the feeder.

Nectar of the birds

If you hang the right hummingbird feeder, the tiny creatures will come. That is the philosophy of artist Laura Burrell Garden, who lives off of Highway 73. She found what she calls the perfect …
The Happy Cooker's front area offers a small bit of sunny outdoor eating, though the interior of the restaurant had to stay completely closed in recent weeks, due to Level Red restrictions.

Clear Creek County restaurants open up to 25% indoor capacity

Clear Creek County's restaurants are allowed to have 25% indoor capacity, with a cap of 50 people, as of Monday morning. The restaurants only have been moved to Level Orange on the state's …
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Brainstormers create ‘Road to Recovery’

Some of the state’s best business minds collaborated on a way to get Colorado out of the economic mess it’s in and presented in a report that came out Dec. 10. You can read the “Road to …

Evergreen Takeout looking for support

A group of Evergreen restaurants — concerned about the devastating impacts of no inside dining because of the pandemic — has formed a coalition to get people to order takeout. Evergreen Takeout …
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