Local News

  • Controlled burns help bighorn sheep, environment

    Wading through thigh-deep snow on Jan. 10, Dave Buchanan systematically sets fire to one massive pile of wood after another.

    The U.S. Forest Service's assistant fire management officer finished the last stage of the agency's efforts at Mad Creek to improve bighorn sheep habitat.

    The project is part of a multi-year effort to thin 500 wooded acres northwest of Empire, and the work at Mad Creek was on about 277 acres of national forest land.

  • Brown sworn in, vows to focus on prosecuting financial fraud

    District Attorney Bruce Brown took the oath of office for his second term on Jan. 10 at the Clear Creek County Courthouse.

    Brown was first elected in 2012 as the top prosecutor for Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle and Lake counties.

    Brown said his initial goals were to make sure every crime victim was well represented; to develop a staff that was both professional and well prepared; to make sure young attorneys were mentored; and to develop strong relationships with judges, defense attorneys and law enforcement.

  • New county commissioners sworn in

    Elected officials passed the torch to their successors Jan. 10 as two new Clear Creek County commissioners took the oath of office.

    Democrat Randy Wheelock in District 3 replaced Republican Phil Buckland, who did not run for a second term. Republican Sean Wood took the District 2 seat, which was held by former school board president Peter Monson. Monson was appointed in March by the governor after the death of Tom Hayden and did run not for election.

  • CDOT commuter bus will stop in Springs starting Sunday

    Starting Sunday, CDOT's Bustang commuter bus will make stops in Idaho Springs at 13th Avenue and Idaho Street at the Park-n-Ride bus shelter.

    The eastbound trips are scheduled to stop in Idaho Springs at 8:15 and 10 a.m. on the way to Denver’s Union Station. The westbound route will arrive in Idaho Springs at 4:20 and 6:50 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for a one-way Denver-Idaho Springs trip and will be available at ridebustang.com. A single fare may be purchased on the bus for cash only, and no change will be given.

  • High avalanche danger posing challenges for CDOT

    Clear Creek and neighboring counties were plagued with avalanches and resulting snarled traffic on Jan. 10 as CDOT crews scrambled to reopen roads.

    An avalanche on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel closed Interstate 70’s lanes for much of the day, while snowslides also occurred on Berthoud Pass and on Vail Pass, trapping one tractor-trailer.

    The avalanche west of the Eisenhower Tunnel took place during avalanche mitigation work between mile markers 205 and 210.

  • Veterans honored by South Korea, local organization

    Clear Creek veterans recently honored local Daryl Betts a month after he was recognized by the consul general of South Korea for his service in the Korean War.

    Betts and other Korean War veterans from Colorado received the Ambassador for Peace Medal on Dec. 21 from the consulate, which represents South Korea, and Betts was recognized again by the Idaho Springs American Legion.

    The Ambassador for Peace Medal is given by South Korea to U.S. soldiers who served in the Korean War.

  • A mooooving rescue on Clear Creek

    A wayward cow running through traffic on Interstate 70 on Jan. 10 fell into Clear Creek and ultimately was pulled to safety by a handful of good samaritans and a CDOT truck sporting a crane.

    The bovine has made a full recovery after her time in the freezing creek, which had ice along its banks.

  • Echo Mountain opens for season after changes, renovations

    As snow quietly fell from a cloudy sky, skiers and ‘boarders not so quietly slipped down the mountainside, enjoying their Saturday afternoon at Echo Mountain Ski Resort.

    The ski area, which is located along Squaw Pass Road, opened last week for the first time after changing ownership in October 2016.

    General manager Fred Klaas, who is in his first year at Echo Mountain, said renovations are ongoing, to some degree. The resort still is working to complete its kitchen and bar set-up, and also is preparing for training sessions and lessons, he said.

  • School district implements standards for graduation

    The Clear Creek School District is educating eighth-graders and their parents about a new state requirement that that calls for minimum competency standards in math and English to graduate from high school.

  • Man found unresponsive along U.S. 6 died from a fall, authorities say

    Authorities have concluded that the man found dead the morning of Dec. 14 on the side of U.S. 6 died from a fall.
    The body of 39-year-old Ryan Trent of Gilcrest was discovered after a 911 call reported an unresponsive male along the side of the road near milepost 259. At 7:50 a.m. that day, Clear Creek County EMS pronounced Trent dead at the scene.
    “Mr. Trent’s injury was consistent with a fall,” said Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling. “(It is) unknown whether (the fall was) accidental or not.”