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  • Developers propose metro districts to serve Soda Creek Highlands

    The Idaho Springs City Council was scheduled to decide during a special meeting Monday whether to approve the service plan of two proposed metropolitan districts that would serve the proposed Soda Creek Highlands residential development above Pine Slope Road.

    If approved, the question on whether to form the districts would be on the November ballot. Results of that decision weren’t available by press time.

    The City Council tabled the decision during its July 22 meeting.

  • Elk Creek Fire works as ‘one big family’

    For many, saving someone else can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For the Elk Creek Fire Protection District in Conifer, it’s just part of the job.

    Sometimes, the paramedics, EMTs and firefighters in the department even defy nature’s course.

    “We got called to a cardiac arrest and we did CPR, all of that,” Lt. Vincent Van Binsbergen said. “We gave him all the paramedic drugs, and we actually brought the individual back, and he was actually talking to us on the way to the hospital.

  • County Briefs

    Xcel to work on fire mitigation in Clear Creek

    Xcel Energy has started a wildfire-risk mitigation program that will manage vegetation and protect its assets in Clear Creek and other high-risk areas.

    Company representative Preston Gibson told the county commissioners during a July 16 work session that the company wants to coordinate with local agencies to achieve this goal. To that end, Xcel Energy is having monthly meetings with the U.S. Forest Service and wants to work closely with the county’s emergency management team.

  • Campers share stories of county's future with commissioners

    Clear Creek County’s future newspapers have already been written, and while the bylines are different, many issues remain the same.

    Traffic on Interstate 70, environmental concerns, the mining industry and the county’s rich history continue to make headlines in the future, but young minds are hard at work to see if their inventions and ideas will solve the problems of today.

    During the July 16 county commissioners meeting, eight children from the seventh annual Discover Clear Creek! Summer Day Camp presented their newspaper articles.

  • RapidGrass Festival packs in a weekend’s worth of fun

    Eight years ago, Jonny Miller came to his first RapidGrass Festival with his mandolin teacher and soaked up everything the artists taught in the workshops.

    Each year, he came back to the festival and got a little better at it until Miller wasn’t just attending RapidGrass — he was playing in it.

  • Clinic's patients continue to increase

    The medical clinic in Idaho Springs continues to exceed the number of patients budgeted for the year, with approximately 1,000 patients more than last year, a 30 percent increase, Centura Health Physicians Group confirmed.

    During a July 16 county commissioners work session, Jessica Baken, CHPG’s regional director of operations – Denver Metro, said while patient numbers are higher than expected, revenues are also exceeding expectations.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 8-14

    • Monday, July 8 — The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft along eastbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 244. Tires and rims had been stolen from a Bobcat loader.

    • Monday, July 8 — Idaho Springs police investigated a report of a stolen truck after the owner said he’d parked it at a construction site on July 3. He left it unlocked with the keys in the visor. The truck was listed as stolen in the national crime computer, and the case remains open.

  • Sense of community drives Indian Hills Fire crew

    Fourth in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    It’s a typical morning for Emery Carson as he walks around the fire station, checking out things. He makes sure everything is in the right place and secure. Then the wait begins.

    “Sometimes it’s very quiet,” said the veteran fire chief in his 31st year with the Indian Hills Fire Protection District and the department’s only paid employee.

    The calls — usually 250 to 300 per year — are sporadic at times and other times not so much.

  • Body of 71-year-old hiker found on Torreys Peak

    The body of a 71-year-old hiker has been recovered from Torreys Peak after he was reported missing Tuesday evening.

  • Tri-captains innovating ‘small but mighty’ Clear Creek EMS

    Third in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Instead of one boss, Clear Creek EMS has three.

    After their chief paramedic left earlier this year, Capts. Bryon Monseu, Dustin Proffitt and Ed Smith took over leadership of Clear Creek EMS. But, instead of seeing it only as an additional responsibility, the three are using it as a time for innovation.