Today's News

  • Disciplinary letter sent to firefighter leads to probe by district attorney

    The district attorney's office is investigating Clear Creek Fire Chief Kelly Babeon in connection with allegations of witness intimidation.

    District Attorney Bruce Brown said his office received a request to take over an investigation started by the Georgetown Police Department on Sept. 26.

    "Chief Randy Williams made a formal request to me to take over an investigation that he had commenced, and it regarded what I would consider alleged witness intimidation," Brown said.

  • Officials peddle amenities of completed trail segment

    Gov. John Hickenlooper climbed onto a bright red mountain bike in Clear Creek Canyon on Sept. 30 and toured the newest segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail, which connects Clear Creek County and Jeffco with a concrete path constructed through a collaboration between the two counties.

  • Casual customers welcome at high-end restaurant

    Casual. New American high end. Approachable mountain sophistication.

    There are many ways of saying that Georgetown’s newest restaurant, Cooper’s on the Creek, is ready to dish out an unforgettable culinary experience.

    “We wanted to make a restaurant where people could get a really good meal — but still come in jeans and still come off the mountain if they’ve been … hiking or if they’ve been skiing,” said Amanda Cooper, the restaurant’s owner and general manager.

  • Troy Erickson appointed to vacancy on Idaho Springs city council

    Troy Erickson, the county’s veterans service officer, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council.

    Erickson replaces Denise Deese, who resigned to move to Littleton. Deese, who served on the council for seven years, ended her tenure as the representative from Ward 1 in early August.

  • Program will help vets via deferred sentences, mental-health aid

    Local military veterans who are defendants in the criminal justice system will be able to find resources and potentially get deferred sentences through a program being started by the 5th Judicial District.

    Called Vet Connect, the program is designed to provide alternative sentences for vets who are accused of committing crimes.

    Clear Creek County will act as a test site for the program, District Attorney Bruce Brown told the county commissioners on Sept. 27.

  • Searchers rescue injured hiker on Mount Evans

    Rescuers with the help of dogs on Sept. 20 tracked and found an injured woman from the Denver area who spent the night lost on Mount Evans.

    After the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 hang-up calls from that area on Sept. 19, Evergreen-based Alpine Rescue was activated to determine if a person was injured and needed assistance near the Mount Evans Resthouse Trail.

  • Non-native trout to be removed from stream

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week will reclaim the Dry Gulch fishery for the threatened greenback cutthroat trout by killing off any remaining non-native trout.

    The Dry Gulch stream is north of Interstate 70 and just south of Loveland Ski Area, and it empties into Clear Creek.

  • County tourism guides going like hotcakes

    Visitor interest in Clear Creek County has been so high that a supply of tourism guides that was supposed to last two years is already gone, necessitating another printing for next year, according to Tourism Director Cassandra Patton.

    The Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau this year printed 50,000 guides at a cost of $27,000 and distributed them, but the demand has wiped out the bureau’s stock.

  • DA candidates spar in debate

    The three candidates for Clear Creek district attorney took turns being cross-examined during a Sept. 19 Republican-hosted forum at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs.

    Incumbent DA Bruce Brown, a Democrat, is running for a second term and was in the hot seat during much of the forum.

  • Springs annexes 15 acres at Argo tourist site

    The Idaho Springs city council approved annexing 15 acres near the Argo Gold Mine and Mill tourist site to aid in its development.

    The new owners plan a $70 million development that will include a 160-room hotel, conference center, restaurants, retail and 200 housing units.

    Alan Tiefenbach, the city’s community development planner, said that of the property’s 27 acres, the 15 acres were in unincorporated Clear Creek County.