Today's News

  • A hobby to crow about

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a series profiling Clear Creek residents who want to bring aspects of farming and agriculture into their backyards. Sometimes called “backyard homesteaders,” they are looking to be more self-sufficient and are raising everything from ducks to bees.


    The bantam rooster was missing. He wasn’t inside the coop or behind it.

  • Clear Creek man arrested in attack on wife with hatchet, knife

    Authorities have arrested a Clear Creek County man suspected of attacking his wife with a hatchet and a knife, then stabbing himself. 

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported that Leland Thomas Kintzele, 68, was being held in connection with Saturday's incident. Kintzele was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, assault and domestic violence.

  • Council member, code enforcement officer resign in Springs

    An Idaho Springs city council member and the city’s new code enforcement officer both resigned last week.

    Ward 3’s Lisa Highley on May 11 submitted a resignation letter to the city, saying she’s moving closer to her daughter, who lives in New Hampshire.

    Code compliance officer Peter Krzanowsky resigned from his duties with the city to pursue other opportunities.

    Ward 3 seat

  • County's purchase of G-town Lake parcel could hinge on environmental report

    Negotiations on the purchase of a highly visible 18-acre parcel at Georgetown Lake could hinge on a confidential environmental assessment.

    The soils environmental assessment report is being kept confidential because the county does not own the property yet, said Martin Plate, a county attorney. The land is listed for sale at $595,000.

    County officials discussed the environmental assessment report in a closed-door session on Tuesday, May 12.

  • Talent on display at G-town Community School

    For 2 minutes and 57 seconds, the audience in the Georgetown Community School gym were all his.

    Third-grader Corey Baker stood in front of a packed room of his classmates and their parents with his fist raised high, and belted out the words to Queen’s ultimate power ballad, “We Are the Champions.”

    The audience gave plenty of loud and enthusiastic support for Corey and all of the other singers, dancers, hula-hoopers, gymnasts and pajama-wearing canine performers during the school’s second annual talent show on May 14.

  • Three longtime employees leave county Road and Bridge Department

    Three Clear Creek Road and Bridge employees have been let go after an investigation.

    Allegations were made, an investigation was conducted, and the outcome was dismissal of the three employees, according to County Manager Keith Montag, who spoke about the matter at a recent homeowner meeting at King-Murphy Elementary School.

    Montag said he could not discuss the investigation or give any other details because of the legalities surrounding personnel issues.

  • Gift shop burglarized at Argo Gold Mine museum

    The gift shop at the Argo Gold Mine museum was burglarized on May 14, according to the Idaho Springs Police Department.

    Interim Police Chief Glenn Hardey said the perpetrator broke the glass in the shop’s door, then went inside and stole a number of items. He declined to be more specific because the investigation is ongoing.

    Operations at the Argo Tunnel and mill started in 1894 and ended 49 years later when four miners broke through a wall and water rushed into the Argo from the flooded Kansas-Burroughs Mine. All four died.

  • The waning rank and file

    At age 68, Vietnam veteran Gene Eddy is the youngest member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4121 in Idaho Springs.

    Eddy is also roughly the same age as the organization he has volunteered for since 2001.

    When Eddy returned from Vietnam, some posts initially didn’t welcome his generation of soldiers. But when they did, he volunteered side by side with the founding World War II veterans.

  • Remains found in Clear Creek linked to Englewood slaying

    A four-wheel-drive group’s discovery of a woman’s dismembered body near Fall River Road on May 3 has led to the arrest of an Englewood man on charges of second-degree murder.

    Jackie Degarmo’s headless and handless body was found wrapped in a blue tarp near Mine Road and Crest Road in Clear Creek County, according to an Englewood arrest report. John Brant, 32, the fiancé of Degarmo’s daughter, was arrested Monday and charged in connection with the slaying.

  • County deputies routinely check on marijuana growers

    Clear Creek sheriff's deputies have always checked every tip they receive about marijuana growing.

    Maybe neighbors wonder why a home’s lights are on around the clock, or why there’s a strong odor wafting from the garage, Undersheriff Bruce Snelling said.

    But since voters passed the marijuana-friendly Amendment 64 in 2012, deputies checking tips have found only legal growers, Snelling said.