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Today's News

  • Fire Authority wants municipalities, county to have uniform fire codes

    County and Clear Creek Fire Authority officials want municipalities on the same page when it comes to adopting new fire codes.

    Fire Chief Kelly Babeon met with the county commissioners April 19 to discuss bringing both the unincorporated portions of the county and the cities up to date on building and fire codes. He hopes representatives from all municipalities can meet to discuss potential amendments to the fire codes.

    Babeon said Empire is still using the 1979 fire code, Silver Plume 1991, Georgetown 2003, Idaho Springs 2006 and the county 1997.

  • Man dies when vehicle plunges down hillside in national forest

    A 24-year-old Arvada man died April 21 after his vehicle plunged down a 300-foot hillside and crashed into trees in the Arapaho National Forest.

    According to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, Jackson Mills was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

    A passenger, Victor Crowe, 25, of Westminster also was not wearing a seatbelt, according to Reid. Crowe was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood with moderate injuries.

  • Cost to move cabin to be determined

    The Idaho Springs Historic Sites and Facilities Committee will determine how much it would cost to move the log cabin used by KYGT-FM to another location.

    The study, being done so the city council can make an educated decision about the issue, will also include the panel’s recommendation, and a list of other sites or uses for the historic cabin.

  • No information being released on fatal shooting

    The Idaho Springs Police Department and the Clear Creek district attorney have refused multiple requests to provide additional information about the fatal shooting that occurred April 10 at the Aspen Leaf Apartments.

    "This investigation could be compromised by the release of the requested information at this time," Idaho Springs Police Chief Chris Malanka said in a response to one of the Courant's open records requests.

  • Residents along Colorado Blvd. might have to replace lead pipes

    Residents along the east end of Colorado Boulevard with lead water pipes will be required to replace them while the street is being reconstructed.

    The project, which started March 14, will replace curbs, streetlights and storm-water pipes, and provide other improvements from Carlson Elementary School to 22nd Avenue. Those improvements also include the city's water and sewer lines.

    City Administrator Andy Marsh said the city cannot connect to lead pipes during the construction.

  • Man shot to death at Springs apartment complex

    A man was fatally shot on the evening of April 10 at an apartment complex in Idaho Springs, but an individual detained in connection with the shooting later was released from custody.

    Officers responded to a medical call at the Aspen Leaf Apartments, 345 Idaho St., about 6:30 p.m., according to Police Chief Chris Malanka.

    The injured man, who had been shot in the head, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood in critical condition. Authorities said he died Monday afternoon.

  • 'Make My Day' law a factor in probe of fatal shooting, DA says

    Colorado's "Make My Day" law apparently is a consideration in the fatal shooting of an Idaho Springs man on April 10.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said Thursday the "Make My Day" law, which permits the use of deadly force against an intruder, is being factored into the investigation.

    "That's certainly one of the considerations, because Colorado has a law that allows people, within their own home, to use deadly force against others," Brown said.

  • Trump’s vision a contrast to American values

    In his statements, Donald Trump frequently speaks of “beautiful people” while standing in the midst of them. He likes to talk about the great buildings he’s constructed and unfailingly points to his financial successes. His announcement last summer declaring his candidacy took place in the Trump Tower lobby amidst beautiful people, as did his last couple primary victory rallies.

  • Quick Hits

    Postponed, again

    Clear Creek’s baseball team had all four games postponed last week because of weather and field conditions. The Golddiggers (2-6 record) have had 10 games either postponed or canceled this season. Clear Creek did pick up a victory without taking the field. Jefferson canceled the remainder of its season so the Golddiggers picked up a victory by forfeit last week. Clear Creek will attempt to play five games in five days from Tuesday, May 3, to Saturday, May 7, to finish out the regular season.

  • Golddiggers clearing a path to state tourney

    By Matthew Van Deventer — For the Courant

    DENVER — Adverse weather conditions are no match for Clear Creek’s girls soccer team.

    Fending off temperatures in the low 30s, along with a pelting rain/snow mix April 30 at Bruce Randolph High School in Denver, the Golddiggers dominated the Grizzlies with a 9-1 victory.

    The win came on the heels of an 8-1 home win April 27 against Lake County for Clear Creek (6-7 record).