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  • Expanded hours eyed for I-70 toll lane

    A $72 million toll lane being built on Interstate 70 could operate longer hours than originally planned.

    State Transportation Department officials want the hours to be "more flexible" than an agreement between the state and the Federal Highway Administration originally called for, said Amy Ford, a CDOT spokeswoman. Officials also are discussing how the toll lane — planned to run 13 miles eastbound from Empire to Idaho Springs — might be used during emergencies, Ford said.

  • Sheriff may again take over administration of animal shelter

    The sheriff's department may take over responsibility again for Charlie's Place,the Clear Creek/Gilpin Animal Shelter, as well as animal control services.

  • 300 participate in Rideshare Day

    At least 300 people picked up wristbands to get discounts at the first-ever Mountain Rideshare Day on Saturday.

    In addition, at least 130,000 people heard about the promotion on social media sites, according to Amy Ford, a spokeswoman for the state Transportation Department. CDOT officials sponsored the carpool day at the "dinosaur" park-and-ride lots in Morrison on both sides of Interstate 70. They tout carpools a way to ease weekend traffic congestion on Interstate 70.

  • Georgetown considering 1 percent boost in sales tax

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen is considering asking voters for a 1 percent increase in the sales tax in the April 6 election.

    If approved, the increase would put the town’s sales tax at 4 percent and would raise an additional $180,000 annually. Including state and county sales tax, the total rate for the town would become 7.9 percent.

    The town board wants to use the additional revenue for roadwork, drainage, streetlights, potholes and sidewalks.

  • Completion of Highway 103 bridge delayed again

    State transportation officials now say they don't know when the Highway 103 bridge in Idaho Springs will reopen — after previously giving an opening date of Friday, Feb. 13.

    The bridge over Interstate 70 into and out of Idaho Springs must be paved before it can open, state highway officials said in a statement released Monday. The approaches between the bridge and current roadways also must be leveled, according to the statement. 

  • Outside firm to evaluate Fire Authority

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority will hire an outsider to evaluate the organization after recent internal friction that included an unsuccessful attempt by two board members to oust Fire Chief Kelly Babeon.

    The fire board at its Feb. 11 meeting will put together a request for proposals from outside firms. The winning bidder will perform the evaluation, with an expected cost of about $10,000.

  • Mountain Rideshare Day planned Saturday

    You can win prizes and get your tires checked at the first-ever Mountain Rideshare Day slated for Saturday.

    State transportation officials are sponsoring the carpool day at the "dinosaur" park-and-ride lots in Morrison on both sides of Interstate 70. They tout carpools as an easy way to ease weekend traffic congestion on Interstate 70.

  • Idaho Springs sees the (solar-powered) light

    Idaho Springs is testing a solar-powered streetlight to see if the technology will let the city replace its traditional lights.

    The city pays $4,000 a month for electricity to operate its streetlights, and cannot hang signs, banners, flags or anything else on the poles because of restrictions by Xcel Energy, which owns the poles.

    Interim City Administrator Phyllis Adams said the high-tech lights, if approved, would pay for themselves in six years because there would be no monthly energy cost.

  • Public meetings planned on lion encounters

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will hold public information sessions in the coming days to "calm some fears" related to recent mountain lion encounters. 

    Ty Petersburg, Clear Creek wildlife officer at the state agency, will hold public meetings at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Evergreen Fire/Rescue's auditorium at Station 2, 1802 Bergen Parkway at the request of residents. 

  • Embattled Fire Authority to meet with advisory team

    The Clear Creek Fire Authority plans to meet with an expert advisory team Thursday to address internal strife after a recent unsuccessful attempt by two board members to oust Fire Chief Kelly Babeon.

    The team will include current and former fire chiefs from other departments who will advise the the district on how to move beyond the recent turmoil.