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Today's News

  • Evergreen homeowner who shot bear cubs faces two felony charges

    The Evergreen homeowner who fatally shot two bear cubs early Tuesday as they were trying to get into his trash is facing two felony charges, according to a news release from the Jeffco district attorney's office.

    One of the cubs died instantly, and the other had to be put down. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor's house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.

  • Commissioners reject plan to allow ATV use on North Empire Road

    Numerous residents spoke out Tuesday against a plan to make it legal to drive all-terrain vehicles on a 3-mile segment of county road near Empire, and the county commissioners voted 2-1 to derail the proposal.

    Commissioners Tom Hayden and Tim Mauck voted against Ordinance 13, which would have made it legal for all-terrain vehicles to drive on North Empire Road. Commissioner Phil Buckland voted in favor, saying the all-terrain-vehicle management issue is not going away.

  • Community members will discuss possible I-70 improvements

    A group of community members will discuss what improvements they would recommend, if any, for a short stretch of Interstate 70 from the west side of Idaho Springs to Empire Junction.

    Members of the I-70 West Vision group were chosen by county workers from a list of people already familiar with the Interstate 70 "visioning" process, said Jo Ann Sorensen, the county's transportation guru. They're business people, residents and others who have been involved in community planning in the past, Sorensen said.

  • Idaho Springs council approves move of Mountain Medicinals dispensary

    Mountain Medicinals marijuana dispensary will move to a new location across the street from Courtney-Ryley-Cooper Park in Idaho Springs.

    Members of the Idaho Springs city council expressed some concern about marijuana odors negatively affecting neighbors in the new location but approved the move unanimously on Aug. 24. Council member Jason Siegel, who is general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana dispensary, recused himself from the vote.

  • Preliminary hearing delayed in hatchet attack

    The preliminary hearing for Leland Kintzele, the man accused of attacking his wife in May with a hatchet and knife, has been rescheduled for Sept. 30 to give his public defender more time to review the case against him.

    Kintzele’s public defender, Stacy Shobe, asked Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez for the extension on Aug. 26. Kintzele appeared relaxed as he went before the judge and smiled at someone in the courtroom gallery.

  • County planning $100,000 land-use study

    A land-use plan for the county — Clear Creek County Master Plan 2030 Update — is expected to get a $100,000 facelift.

    SE Group, a community development company with offices in Frisco and other mountain resort towns, has been chosen to help the county update its comprehensive plan on land use, according to Keith Montag, county manager. At the same time, workers at SE Group will help the county address related community topics such as housing, transportation and the economy, said Joyce Allgaier, project manager.

  • Rafting companies enjoying banner year in Clear Creek

    Rafting season in Clear Creek County is on track this summer to be one of the best ever, company owners and industry officials say.

    Higher-than-average snowpack that kept water levels high into late July helped many rafting companies have a strong end-of-season, according to rafting industry officials. Some companies plan to operate for a few more weeks in Clear Creek County, while most have ended their seasons. Official numbers are expected from the Colorado River Outfitters Association in January.

  • In marching order

    A small army of marching groups, a battalion of vehicles, squadrons of mules and clowns, and thousands of bright-red fezzes gathered early Saturday morning on the north side of Idaho Springs.

  • Should Clear Creek join RTD?

    Do Clear Creek County voters want to pay a 1 percent sales tax to join RTD?

    County Manager Keith Montag recently brought up the question to the county commissioners, who did not make a decision on the matter.

    However, Jo Ann Sorensen, the county's transportation guru, now is doing research about the question, as well as research on a host of other county transportation issues.

  • G-town determined to collect taxes on nightly home rentals

    If you rent your house to nightly guests in Georgetown, be ready to pay the appropriate business license fee, sales tax and lodging tax.

    Town officials recently decided to enforce town business rules for the 33 homeowners who rent their homes on websites such as Vacation Rental By Owner, or VRBO, and Airbnb. The national VRBO.com website was founded in 1995 by a couple looking to rent a ski condo.

    "These have just as much impact on the town as hotels and B&Bs do," said Tom Hale, Georgetown's town administrator.