Today's News

  • Arvada man accused of setting girlfriend on fire

    An Arvada man has been arrested on suspicion of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire while camping with the woman and her two sons in the Arapaho National Forest.

    Christina Archuleta-Blasier was airlifted to the University of Colorado Hospital's burn unit Friday morning after a 911 call was made from the remote campsite in the Barbour Forks area southwest of Idaho Springs.

    Archuleta-Blasier was listed in critical condition Tuesday with third-degree burns on 60 percent of her upper body.

  • Officials honor work of Clear Creek EMS

    The recent mass shooting in Orlando was on everyone's mind when the county commissioners and a school board member recognized the work of Clear Creek EMS at a commission meeting June 14.

    School board member Joseph O'Leary presented Clear Creek EMS director Nicolena Johnson with a certificate of appreciation for participating in a mass-shooter exercise at the high school in the spring.

    "We hope this would never happen," O'Leary said. "It shows that our emergency-service providers are prepared for this eventuality."

  • Clinic building dropped from proposal for health district

    Clear Creek’s county commissioners eliminated a $6.5 million clinic building from a proposal for a health service district in an effort to reduce the amount of property taxes residents would pay, after a Henderson Mine official said the mine would file a lawsuit if it were required to pay an additional tax.

    The commission voted unanimously June 8 to alter the health service district proposal. The county will need 200 signatures to get the revised mill levy, sales tax and health district questions onto the November ballot.

  • Public-safety call-in service targets those living alone in Clear Creek

    The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office has created a call-in public-safety service for residents who live alone or in remote areas.

    The SafeCall program is designed for residents, whether in the county or one of its municipalities, to call the sheriff’s dispatch office daily and to check in and get public-safety announcements.

    People enrolled in the program will be asked to call the sheriff’s communications center every day between 6 and 11 a.m.

  • '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 last Thursday that 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.

  • Springs man killed at apartments was shot in the head, coroner reports

    The Idaho Springs man fatally shot on April 10 at the Aspen Leaf Apartments died from a massive brain injury as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, according to Clear Creek Coroner Don Allan.

    Eric Spencer, 44, died the following day at a Lakewood hospital after he was shot with a small-caliber weapon on the evening of April 10, the coroner's report states.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Groups pitch in to send student to conference

    With a little help from the community, high school senior Alana Freeman recently flew to Boston to participate in the 2016 Congress of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

    Local groups such as the Rotary Club, garden club and The Rock House mentoring and after-school program donated money for Freeman’s trip, which was from June 29 to July 1.

  • Clear Creek enacts fire ban

    Clear Creek County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban amid the current stretch of hot, dry weather. 

    According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.