Local News

  • DRCOG, CDOT working on long-range transportation plans

    By 2050, the greater Denver metro area will have a functioning multimodal transportation system that allows for better air quality. Or, at least, that’s the goal.

    The Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation discussed their long-term transportation goals, present-day factors and other questions with the Clear Creek commissioners during a July 2 work session.

  • Local group adopts highway in memory of Empire man

    The main stretch of U.S. Highway 40 going through Empire looks more pristine now that hundreds of cigarette butts, cardboard, discarded clothing and trash no longer litter it.

    On Saturday morning, a small group of Friends of Clear Creek members met to clean the highway, which the Friends are adopting in memory of Hans Berg, a member and Empire resident who died on March 7 after an avalanche on Jones Pass.

  • Longtime members are Inter-Canyon Fire’s backbone

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

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 17-23

    • Tuesday, June 18 — Idaho Springs police arrested a man after responding to an assault-in-progress call at a Colorado Boulevard park. The man reportedly got into a physical confrontation with a woman, who he tried to drag toward the creek and threw her shoes in. The man reportedly assaulted an officer who was trying to take him into custody. Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital and cleared. The suspect was then booked at the county jail.

  • County Briefs

    Human services department wins state award

    Clear Creek’s Health & Human Services division has received the 2018 C-Stat Award from the state for its distinguished performance.

    Each year, the Colorado Department of Human Services gives the award to a handful of counties for their work in behavioral health, early childhood, and improving economic security and community access for families and young people.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Redrawing city’s voting districts approved

    The Idaho Springs City Council approved redrawing the city’s district lines from three voting districts into two during its June 24 meeting.

    The redrawn voting districts will divide the city into two wards near 17th Street. This way, staff described, the number of registered voters will be more equal among the districts.

    The new structure will not take effect immediately, but will start with this fall’s municipal election, when three council seats likely will be open.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Town increases water, sewer rates

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen during its June 25 meeting voted 4-0 to increase the water and sewer base charges by less than 3 percent each.

    Sewer rates will increase by $1.34, or 2.55 percent, for a single residential unit or equivalent (EQR) each month. Water rates will increase by $1.57, or 2.21 percent, per EQR each month.

  • Rafter dies in Clear Creek

    A 50-year-old man has died in a rafting accident Monday morning in Clear Creek.

    The man, who was from Arizona, was pronounced dead around 11:10 a.m. at the scene in the 2500 block of Stanley Road, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office confirmed. He had been on a guided rafting trip with Downstream Adventures Rafting. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, and CPR was in progress during the 911 call.

    The man had not been identified as of early Monday afternoon.

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  • Empire Mayor Rick Sprague resigns

    Empire Mayor Rick Sprague, who served for nine-and-a-half years, nonconsecutively, has resigned.

    Sprague and his wife, who are moving to Arkansas, left town Sunday after her last day working for the U.S. Postal Service. The town organized a surprise retirement/going-away party for the Spragues on Saturday evening.

    They are moving, he said, because they have family members in Arkansas who are in need of assistance.

  • Red Elephant Hill Fire totally contained

    The Red Elephant Hill Fire, which started Thursday afternoon and consumed about 10 acres north of Dumont, was 100 percent contained by Saturday afternoon, authorities confirmed. No structures were threatened and no injuries reported.

    Crews will continue to monitor for hotspots and flare-ups in the area during the next week.

    According to the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office, the fire appears to have been accidental and human-caused.