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  • Becker’s constituents rail about I-70 construction delays

    At a town hall meeting last week, a handful of county residents told state Rep. KC Becker they were frustrated with construction projects along Interstate 70.

    They also voiced concern that a stop is not planned in Clear Creek County on a new bus route from Glenwood Springs to Denver, while Becker told them about initiatives she’s working on.

    Becker, D-Boulder, met with constituents at the Idaho Springs Library on March 26.

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  • Grass fire near I-70 contained

    Firefighters extinguished a small grass fire Saturday along Interstate 70 near the Veterans Memorial Tunnels.

    Multiple fire departments first responded to the 4-acre blaze at 1:30 p.m.

    The cause of the fire was not yet known.

    See the full story in next week's Clear Creek Courant.

  • Skeen unopposed in bid for G-town mayor

    Longtime Georgetown resident Matt Skeen is running unopposed for mayor in the town's April 6 election. Current Mayor Craig Abrahamson has decided not to run for a second term.

    Also up for election on the town board are incumbents Henry Ehrgott in Ward 1 and Lynette Kelsey in Ward 2, who are running unopposed. Jon Jennings, who was appointed to Ward 2, is also running unopposed in this election.

  • U.S. 6 closed till 5 p.m. Saturday for trail project

    Workers this week are installing a key underpass for the Peaks to Plains recreational trail during a week-long shutdown of U.S. 6.

    The closure between mile markers 257 and 260 is scheduled through 5 p.m. Saturday. The closure limits access to Interstate 70 from Golden on U.S. 6. Access on the other branch of road to Black Hawk and Central City from Golden remains open.

  • Fire destroys home in Clear Creek subdivision

    Fire destroyed a house in the Blue Valley subdivision in eastern Clear Creek County on March 31 after the home's residents were forced to evacuate.

    No injuries occurred in the blaze at 101 Bluebell Lane, which was reported about 2:15 p.m. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters from the Clear Creek Fire Authority and Evergreen Fire/Rescue arrived, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Tennessee doctor abandons plan for clinic in Springs

    The former Idaho Springs Lumber Co. is back on the market, after a Tennessee doctor decided not to put a health care clinic there after all.

    The 1-acre property at 1965 Miner St. is listed for $539,000 with ReMax Mountain Realty. Tennessee doctor Toby Hampton said a year ago that he bought the property for $450,000.

    At the time, Hampton said he planned to open a medical clinic in the next 18 months. He operates six family practice/urgent care clinics in west Tennessee.

  • Fire Authority to select evaluator this week

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority’s board of directors will select an outside firm to evaluate the organization this week in the wake of recent internal friction.

    The fire board met with three contractors last week and reviewed bids and proposals from Colorado-based Emergency Services Consulting International; California-based Matrix Consulting Group; and Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Safety Management.

    The evaluation is expected begin April 8 and be completed on June 23, with a cost of between $10,000 and $20,000.

  • Support building for workforce housing

    Loaves and Fishes, a faith-based nonprofit in Idaho Springs, is one group interested in creating “workforce housing” for river rafters and ski area workers, among others.

    Abby Moles, a Loaves and Fishes representative, and other Clear Creek residents have attended two housing advisory group meetings. The advisory group is expected to discuss how to potentially use available government funding to build housing.

  • Skeen unopposed in bid for G-town mayor

    Longtime Georgetown resident Matt Skeen is running unopposed for mayor in the town's April 6 election. Current Mayor Craig Abrahamson has decided not to run for a second term.

    Also up for election on the town board are incumbents Henry Ehrgott in Ward 1 and Lynette Kelsey in Ward 2, who are running unopposed. Jon Jennings, who was appointed to Ward 2, is also running unopposed in this election.

  • Closure of U.S. 6 planned for construction of trail underpass

    Workers plan to install a key underpass for the Peaks to Plains recreational trail during a week-long shutdown of U.S. 6 between U.S. 40 and Colorado Highway 119.

    U.S. 6 is scheduled to be closed at 8 p.m. Sunday. It will reopen at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28. The closure will limit access to Interstate 70 from Golden on U.S. 6. Access on the other branch of road to Black Hawk and Central City from Golden will remain open.