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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Berg, Young shine in Slacker Half Marathon debuts

    GEORGETOWN — Joseph Berg is used to the weather. After all, he is a Colorado native. So when the Florida Institute of Technology sprinter started his first Slacker Half Marathon on Saturday morning, in spite of light snow at the Loveland Ski Area starting line, it wasn’t a factor. If anything, the cool temperatures were welcoming.

    “I’m glad the weather worked out,” Berg said.

  • Byerley: Come one, come all

    Oh, come all ye hipster-gapers, tattooed and geared-out, with stickers all over your Mercedes vans and every sport’s equipment hanging precariously off the sides. You have climbing gear and crash pads, mountain bikes, kayaks and teardrop campers, stickers showing how many miles you’ve run, from every outdoor gear company, and every brewery known to man. You drive in the left lane of the highway at 50 mph and are so stoned out of your gourd that you don’t even realize others are trying to pass you.

  • Fabyanic: America the microbrew

    A refreshing headline appeared recently in the Washington Post: “‘Wrong, plain and simple’: 50 years after the Stonewall raid, New York City’s police commissioner apologizes.”

    It was on June 28, 1969, when the NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn. The raid was SOP, reminiscent of those by G-men on Roaring Twenties speakeasies. Years of repetition made it usual. Only this time, the response was not usual.

  • Floyd Hill flea market a true community event

    The early morning cold and rainy weather Saturday couldn’t dampen the deals and community spirit on Floyd Hill.

    The clouds parted in time for dozens of people to stop by the Clear Creek High School/Middle School parking lot, as locals and visitors alike looked for bargains at the annual Floyd Hill Area Flea Market.

    While were only 10 sellers participated — down from the usual 25 — Floyd Hill resident Judy Courtney thought the day was going well.

  • County planning capital projects for next year

    County staff is anticipating $1.7 million in capital projects for 2020 with the biggest item being an $811,000 updated security camera and ID card system, requested both by the Sheriff’s Office and the IT department.

    During a June 18 work session, County Manager Keith Montag and other staff members presented the county commissioners with a list of recommended capital projects for 2020. No formal action was made, with Montag clarifying that any projects would be formally adopted as part of the 2020 budgeting process.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 10-16

    • Monday, June 10 — Idaho Springs officers issued summonses for disorderly conduct to two men who were reportedly arguing and creating a disturbance at a Colorado Boulevard motel.

    • Monday, June 10 — The Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle along Interstate 70 mile marker 232 after receiving a chase/pursuit call.

  • County Briefs

    Possible shuttle to Mount Evans

    The local Prospector bus may add a route that would shuttle people to and from Mount Evans.

    According to John Bryan, spokesman for Clear Creek County, the local coordinating council for transit issues has been discussing the route to reduce the number of cars on the mountain. He said Clear Creek High School/Middle School has an empty parking lot during the summer, and that could be where the shuttle starts.