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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘U.S. 36 model’ eyed for I-70 westbound toll

    A private company could build and manage a tolled third westbound lane on Interstate 70 from the Floyd Hill exit through the newly expanded Veterans Memorial Tunnels in a $300 million to $400 million road project.

  • ‘Calming devices’ are planned for U.S. 40 in Empire

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning to build two traffic medians known as “calming devices” on West Park Avenue in Empire next year.

    Town and CDOT officials are designing the project, which will consist of cement islands on both sides of town designed to slow motorists on U.S. 40. They will cost about $200,000.

    “The reason they call it a ‘calming device’ is, when the traffic comes up to it, studies have shown people slow down because (they) see the road is getting more narrow,” Mayor Wendy Koch said.

  • Construction of eastbound toll lane may miss completion deadline, CDOT says

    Construction of the eastbound toll lane on Interstate 70 might not be done by Oct. 31 — the date specified in the contract, according to Amy Ford, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

    Wet weather this spring might have caused construction delays, Ford said. CDOT officials may re-assess potential late penalties for Mountain Corridor Constructors, the contractor for the estimated $78 million eastbound express toll lane, Ford said.

  • Time to expose hatred and deal with it

    There’s something particularly heinous about violating places of sanctity that ought to be sanctuaries from violence: e.g., churches, schools, shelters.

    Over the years I’ve written about and decried gunmen who choose to carry out their murderous assaults in public schools, one of society’s most sacred secular places. This time it happened in a Charleston, S.C., church during a Bible study to which the gunman was lovingly welcomed.

  • Warblers’ beautiful songs fill the air in the foothills

    I can hear what I believe to be a yellow warbler singing, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I am not positive of my identification because I don’t trust my ears. Unfortunately, my hearing is not what it used to be.

  • County hoping land at G-town Lake lures hotel builders

    Now that county officials have bought a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake, they hope developers will come knocking.

    The county paid $532,500 for the land, which officials say could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and recreational amenities such as a trailhead and parking. The transaction closed Tuesday, June 23. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.