Today's News

  • Clear Creek rafting companies riding high

    Folks who love to ride the rapids in Clear Creek haven’t had this much fun in years.

    Heavy rains and snowmelt on high have led to a big boost in business at rafting companies in Clear Creek County in recent weeks. Water levels in Clear Creek are running 25 to 30 percent higher this year than last year at the same time, said Brandon Gonski, general manager at AVA Rafting.

  • Increase in camping at Barbour Fork Trailhead spurs complaints

    Complaints have increased in recent weeks about campers using the Barbour Fork Trailhead near Soda Creek Road, according to U.S. Forest Service Ranger Penny Wu.

    More campers appear to be using the area, about 3 miles south of Idaho Springs, after Forest Service officials closed a 6-mile stretch of land next to Highway 103, Wu said.

  • Improvements eyed for Saxon Mountain four-wheel-drive roads

    Saxon Mountain's four-wheel-drive roads and trails could soon get a U.S. Forest Service spruce-up.

    The popular backcountry area on the mountain south and east of Georgetown is riddled with old mining relics and tailings. Rocky, unmaintained four-wheel-drive roads up the mountain can be accessed from downtown Georgetown.

  • Shelter on Squaw Pass to be spruced up

    Back when now-vintage cars were shiny and new, Arapaho Spring Shelter on Squaw Pass Road was a key stop on the way to Mount Evans.

    Fresh water from the spring cooled hot car engines straining under the rapid elevation gain. The gazebo with the stone stairs and cedar-shingle roof gave passengers a chance to stretch their legs.

    In the 1930s, workers in the Civilian Conservation Corps created the G-Loop, which took sightseers from Morrison up to Bergen Park and over Squaw Pass Road to Echo Lake before returning back through Golden to Denver.

  • G-town man charged in stabbing at Mother's Saloon

    A Georgetown resident was in custody Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of a man at Mother's Saloon on Sunday night.

    Dean M. Hennessy, 51, appeared in court Tuesday morning. He faces charges of attempted murder, assault and driving under the influence, according to the Clear Creek district attorney's office. Hennessy reportedly was arrested early Monday morning.

  • Clear Creek reopened to recreational users in Jeffco

    Inner-tube users, people with single-person rafts, swimmers and others who play in the water can go back in Clear Creek in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office says.

    Sheriff's deputies closed the high-flowing stream to all individual water activities on June 12. Only commercial rafters and kayakers have legally been allowed since then. Others have faced fines, if caught.

  • Home sales rebounding in Clear Creek County

    It might not be as crazy as Denver, but the residential home market in Clear Creek County has bounced back, area Realtors say.

    “In the mountain communities, the market is good,” said Kevin O’Malley, a Realtor and a former county commissioner. “Like everywhere else in this area, there is not quite enough inventory.”

  • Mount Evans Scenic Byway will be closed until late July, CDOT says

    You won’t be able to beat the summer heat by toodling along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway until the end of July.

    While the highest paved road in North America typically opens on the Friday before Memorial Day, it will be closed this year until late July, according to a press statement from the Colorado Department of Transportation. No specific date has been announced for the road to open.

  • Woman attacked with hatchet was struck 30 times, affidavit says

    A Clear Creek County man, charged in connection with an attack on his wife with a hatchet and a knife, allegedly struck her 30 times because she planned to leave him, according to the arrest affidavit.

    Leland Thomas Kintzele, 68, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Six additional charges also were filed on May 29.

    The arrest affidavit states Kintzele told authorities he overheard his wife talking with her mother about getting a lawyer and filing for divorce, and a confrontation later ensued.

  • Feeling mule-ish? Class in burro racing planned

    Those looking to get better acquainted with Colorado’s unique summer heritage sport can sign up for burro racing basic training.

    The three-week class starting June 29 is hosted by local burro enthusiasts and the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District. It will consist of classes on Mondays for three weeks culminating in the July 19 annual Idaho Springs Pack Burro Race.

    Stacey Todd, recreation district sports and events coordinator, said she wanted to bring the class to the public for those wanting a proper introduction to the sport.