https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Georgetown’s July 4 parade an old-fashioned celebration https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/georgetown%E2%80%99s-july-4-parade-old-fashioned-celebration <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-georgetownparade01-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Spectators get hit with water during Georgetown&#039;s Fourth of July parade." title="Spectators get hit with water during Georgetown&#039;s Fourth of July parade." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Sixty-eight years ago, Bob Hurrell spent the Fourth of July serving in the Korean War.</p> <p> Last week, he spent part of his holiday playing with the Jeffco Brass Ensemble in Georgetown&rsquo;s annual Fourth of July parade, just as he has every year for the past 20 years.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the greatest thing in the world,&rdquo; Hurrell, an Army and Air Force veteran, said of the holiday. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t know what this day means until you&rsquo;ve spent it out of the country.&rdquo;</p> Evergreen Fire/Rescue prepared to serve the community https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/evergreen-firerescue-prepared-serve-community <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-evergreenfire01-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Members of Evergreen Fire Rescue gather for training at the fire department on Monday." title="Members of Evergreen Fire Rescue gather for training at the fire department on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>Second in a five-part series on first responders in the area.</em></p> <p> It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.</p> <p> The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters &mdash; plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary &mdash; all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.</p> Locals and visitors partake in the 4th of July 5K run in Georgetown https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/locals-and-visitors-partake-4th-july-5k-run-georgetown <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-tomhayden5k03-sh-071019.jpg" alt="Self proclaimed “stroller champs” Brian Quarnstrom and Oscar, 4, of Golden run to the finish line of the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown on July 4." title="Self proclaimed “stroller champs” Brian Quarnstrom and Oscar, 4, of Golden run to the finish line of the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown on July 4." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> GEORGETOWN &mdash; The Fourth of July is about patriotism, family and community, and the Tom Hayden Memorial 5K in Georgetown perfectly embodies those qualities as residents and visitors alike come out to race by historical homes and around the lake.</p> <p> Last Thursday, a local and a visitor each won their respective races.</p> <p> Aspen Taylor, 7, rang in the new 1K race with a first-place time of 15:38. In her native Texas, she&rsquo;s participated in similar races. She and her family were in town for the holiday.</p> DRCOG, CDOT working on long-range transportation plans https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/drcog-cdot-working-long-range-transportation-plans <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/drcog_clear_creek_county_july_2_2019-21.jpg" alt="DRCOG has found that most Clear Creek residents drive to work alone. It is hoping to decrease this demographic by promoting carpooling, public transportation and bicycling." title="DRCOG has found that most Clear Creek residents drive to work alone. It is hoping to decrease this demographic by promoting carpooling, public transportation and bicycling." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By 2050, the greater Denver metro area will have a functioning multimodal transportation system that allows for better air quality. Or, at least, that&rsquo;s the goal.</p> <p> 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.</p> Concerns continue over effect of CDOT’s road salts https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/concerns-continue-over-effect-cdot%E2%80%99s-road-salts <p> Winter may be over, but local officials are still concerned about the effect of the Colorado Department of Transportation&rsquo;s road treatment mixtures on the county&rsquo;s water and plants.</p> Groundbreaking for westbound PPSL set for Thursday https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/groundbreaking-westbound-ppsl-set-thursday <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shoulderlane_0.jpeg" alt="The westbound peak-period shoulder lane will extend from the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to Empire Junction along Interstate 70, and will function like its eastbound counterpart." title="The westbound peak-period shoulder lane will extend from the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to Empire Junction along Interstate 70, and will function like its eastbound counterpart." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Work on the westbound peak-period shoulder lane will begin this month, once again complicating the Interstate 70 corridor between the Veterans Memorial Tunnels and Empire Junction.</p> <p> The project&rsquo;s official groundbreaking is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in the city parking lot behind the businesses at the 1500 block of Miner Street in Idaho Springs.</p> Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 24-30 https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/police-blotter-crime-calls-june-24-30 <p> <strong>&bull; Monday, June 24</strong> &mdash; The Clear Creek Sheriff&rsquo;s Office received a call about a gas meter explosion in the 200 block of Hyland Drive.</p> <p> <strong>&bull; Wednesday, June 26</strong> &mdash; Idaho Springs police officers were dispatched to 14th Avenue for a report of disorderly conduct after a juvenile allegedly was caught on video walking up to and banging on doors then leaving. The juvenile was issued a summons.</p> Local group adopts highway in memory of Empire man https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/local-group-adopts-highway-memory-empire-man <img src="https://www.clearcreekcourant.com/sites/www.clearcreekcourant.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-empirecleanup01-sh-070319.jpg" alt="Buzz Chandler collects trash down the side of Park Avenue in Empire during a clean up effort Saturday morning, June 29, 2019." title="Buzz Chandler collects trash down the side of Park Avenue in Empire during a clean up effort Saturday morning, June 29, 2019." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p>