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Today's News

  • CDOT to seal cracks on I-70 on the county’s west side

    The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a $1.3 million project to fix cracks in state roads including along Interstate 70 from Silver Plume to the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

    CDOT spokeswoman Stacia Sellers said the weather will determine when the work is done, with the goal to slow the interstate’s deterioration.

  • Mitigation systems for avalanches ready to go

    Avalanche-mitigation systems in the county are ready to go after crews performed maintenance on the systems on Loveland Pass and Berthoud Pass last week, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    The Gazex systems trigger avalanches remotely with a propane-fueled blast of compressed air. The system is triggered remotely through a computer, so there is no chance of people operating it getting harmed.

    The county was the first to use the system and because of its success in Clear Creek, CDOT is considering other locations in Colorado.

  • Empire Fall Festival will have something for everyone

    Empire is celebrating October in a big way with a pumpkin patch, chili cook-off, dog parade and scarecrow contest at the Empire Fall Festival on Oct. 21 at Minton Park.

    This is the first large event of its kind held in Empire for several years, and it will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with everything from live music to trick-or-treating.

    “We’ve got a lot of new families moving into town these last two years actually, so we’re trying to do more community events to get everybody out and about and meet each other,” Mayor Richard Sprague said.

  • Plunging for pumpkins: Children dive into the Halloween fun

    There’s bobbing for apples and hunting for Easter eggs, but plunging for pumpkins?

    “Why not?” asked Laura Allen, Clear Creek recreation manager.

    On Saturday, two dozen children of all ages got into the pool to pull pumpkins out of the water before they watched the movie “Hocus Pocus.”

    Pumpkins can float, probably because there’s air inside, 10-year-old Charlotte Ohleyer said as she watched pumpkins floating around the pool, so it made sense to grab pumpkins out of the water. Each participant took a pumpkin home.

  • Underestimated, unloved creature is a popular Halloween icon

    Children fear them above all else. Over half of women and one in 10 men have varying degrees of aversion to them. One to three million of them are present per acre of land, and no human is more than 10 feet away from this creature at any time.

    Being portrayed as scheming, cunning beasts with bloodlust, such as Lord of the Rings’ Shelob or Harry Potter’s Aragog, it’s no surprise that spiders are so maligned and feared.

  • Incumbent Houston wants to continue school board’s work

    The sole candidate from District B in the Clear Creek School District’s election on Nov. 7 hopes to continue the work he’s done for the past four years.

    Mitch Houston, 55, a Clear Creek County resident since 1984, currently serves as the board’s president. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons attending Clear Creek High School.

    While Houston lives in District B, which is the northeast part of the county, all Clear Creek voters elect school board members.

  • Hillman seeking second term as Springs mayor

    Businessman Mike Hillman is running unopposed for his second term as mayor of Idaho Springs.

    Hillman said he was running again because there are positive projects down the road for the city, he wants to continue to represent the city on issues involving Interstate 70 — and because he enjoys the work.

    “There are still things that I would like to see accomplished from the city’s perspective, and I’m having a good time doing it,” Hillman said. “That’s why I was willing to and wanted to.”

  • Davies wins prestigious award, looks to state

    By Alissa Noe

    For the past three years, junior runner Wes Davies has been a steady force for the Clear Creek cross country team. This year, after winning the Frontier League Male Runner of the Year, he hopes to take his stock at the state competition to the next level.

  • Golddiggers beat Huskies, but not without a loss

    By Alissa Noe

    BAILEY — Clear Creek volleyball may have won its match against Platte Canyon on Oct. 10, but it lost much more when senior Brittany Burr went down with an ankle injury in the middle of the second game.

  • Police Blotter: Crime calls from Oct. 2-8

    • Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Idaho Springs police responded to a call that a pedestrian was walking on Interstate 70 near mile marker 240. Police made contact with the pedestrian, and found the person had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear in court. The person was taken into custody.

    • Tuesday, Oct. 3 — Authorities arrived at the 800 block of Colorado Boulevard in Idaho Springs after reports that there was an ongoing disturbance involving violence. One person was arrested for assault.