Today's News

  • Investigation into shooting death still ongoing, DA says

    The investigation continues into the slaying of Eric Spencer, 44, who was fatally shot on April 10 at the Aspen Leaf Apartments in Idaho Springs.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said his office recently received additional investigative information about the case.

    “I am hopeful that within the foreseeable future that we’ll have a final determination as to whether or not a crime will be charged,” Brown said. “That case continues to get a high priority.”

  • Three hikers rescued over the weekend

    A dramatic helicopter rescue was among the responses as three injured hikers were evacuated from trails in Clear Creek County over the weekend.

    No critical injuries were reported among the three people rescued on Friday and Saturday, said Dawn Wilson, spokeswoman for the Alpine Rescue Team.

    On Friday, a man and a woman were hiking and climbing on Kelso Ridge near Torreys Peak when they fell “quite a distance,” Wilson said.

  • Study to help Idaho Springs determine future of east side

    The city of Idaho Springs is undertaking a $180,000 study to help determine the future of the town’s east end.

    A grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs is providing $90,000 of the study’s cost, and the city is covering $75,000, with $15,000 from the Clear Creek County Economic Development Corp.

    The study will be completed in December and is expected to provide a roadmap for the east end’s redevelopment.

    The city awarded the contract to studioINSITE, a planning and architectural firm based in Denver, on July 25.

  • Commissioners renew call for mass transit, Bustang stop

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners have asked Colorado Department of Transportation officials to consider funding a mass-transit system and adding a Bustang stop in the county to combat Interstate 70 congestion.

    At a meeting July 26 attended by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., the commissioners also discussed a pilot project that will provide vehicle-to-vehicle communication to aid CDOT in heading off traffic problems in bad weather. Gardner is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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  • County eyes possible toll on Guanella Pass

    The county is investigating whether to charge a toll for access to Guanella Pass both to pay for maintenance and help regulate visitors to the heavily traveled area.

    “We’re looking at managing what we’ve got on Guanella Pass. There’re so many people up there loving it to death,” County Commissioner Phil Buckland said.

    Buckland said a toll could help the county manage the number of people going into the area, provide better parking or maybe assist in creating a shuttle bus program to ferry visitors to the top of the pass.

  • EMS calls heat up during June and July

    Clear Creek EMS is seeing its busiest summer ever.

    “We are absolutely slammed,” said Nicolena Johnson, director of the county’s emergency medical service.

    In July, the ambulance service saw a 15 percent increase in calls over last year, serving 134 patients.

    In June, first responders saw 112 patients, or a 13 percent increase over 2015. Both June and July were the busiest on record.

    “In our industry, we consider 5 to 7 percent significant,” Johnson said, “so we are beyond significant at this point.”

  • Historic-home tour mines G-town’s past

    Georgetown of a long-ago era came to life on Saturday when tourists and locals alike toured 16 homes, churches and museums as part of a Victorian home tour.

    While the tour is a biannual event, it helps commemorate the area’s golden jubilee, when Silver Plume and Georgetown became a National Historical Landmark District. There are more than 200 historical sites in the area, according to Sherrie Lichtenwalner, the event manager with Historic Georgetown Inc.

  • Rocky Mountain Warrior offers healthy, fun time

    Jason Brown examined the steep climb up the 10 ½-foot wall, but this time it was different. This time, he had 8-year-old Sylvie Guerrant on his back.

    It wasn’t as if Brown was out to prove anything to himself. He’s done the climb time and again. After all he’s been a two-time American Ninja Warrior series competitor ­— in 2012 in Dallas and this year in Oklahoma City.

  • Cordilleran flycatchers have little luck with nesting spots

    (Reprinted from July 28, 2010)

    Although spring migration has long been over, we had a bit of excitement in the yard this week.

    The house wrens have long been nesting in a swallow box on the supporting post of the front porch. In fact, they are feeding young. Although it is supposed to be a swallow box, the swallows have never had a chance to use it because the wrens arrive earlier and have already taken it over. They usually have eggs in the box by the time the violet-green swallows arrive. That was the case this year.

  • Vox

    County cuts need management


    The recent county order to department heads to make 10 percent cuts per year in response to the closing of the Henderson Mine, which will cause a loss of 70 percent of the county’s property-tax revenue, is a good start.

    But 10 percent across-the-board cuts is not real management. It does not set overall priorities on spending or differentiate departments that perform well from those that do not.