Today's News

  • King-Murphy kids offer thanks

    Friday was a big day for the fourth-graders at King-Murphy Elementary.

    They hosted a Veterans Day celebration for the school, and that included welcoming about a dozen veterans to a coffee-and-doughnut reception before the school-wide assembly.

    The students, some dressed in suits and party dresses, were well-prepared to engage the veterans in conversation between young and old.

    Questions about the vets’ service included: How was the food? What was your job? What was your favorite memory? Do you still keep in touch with people you served with?

  • Suspected arson fire destroys home west of Idaho Springs

    One person was taken into custody Sunday after a suspected arson fire destroyed a home on Puma Ranch Road west of Idaho Springs.

    Robert Leibold, 36, is facing charges of first-degree arson and reckless endangerment, according to Clear Creek Sheriff Rick Albers.

    No injuries were reported in the blaze, which started at late morning. The blaze ignited the surrounding forest before a helicopter and an air tanker were brought in to extinguish the flames. 

  • Local artist loses guitars, artworks, instruments in fire

    Local artist Dave Shelton lost everything in a fire on Sunday — not only his home, but his art, his possessions, and even a baby grand piano.

    But the well-known chainsaw artist and guitar maker refused to give in to despair.

    “Thank God that I have so many friends and people that love me, because I am just overwhelmed with generosity,” Shelton said Monday morning.

  • Evergreen man found guilty of felony in shooting of cubs

    Daniel C. Williams, the man who shot two bear cubs in Evergreen last year, was convicted by a jury last Thursday on charges related to the shooting after a four-day trial and nearly eight hours of deliberations.

    Williams was found guilty of one felony — illegal discharge of a firearm — and two misdemeanors: illegal possession of wildlife and animal cruelty. The jury found him not guilty of two misdemeanor counts of hunting black bears out of season and one misdemeanor count of shooting from a public road.

  • High call volume persists for EMS

    The call volume for Clear Creek’s EMS workers remained high in October, after the busiest summer ever for the agency.

    Nicolena Johnson, director of the county’s emergency medical services, gave the county commissioners a quarterly update at their Nov. 1 meeting.

    Johnson said that records were set for the months of June, July, August and September, and July was the single busiest month in the history of Clear Creek EMS, with 139 percent of the average call volume.

  • Clear Creek fire chief is cleared of witness intimidation allegations

    An investigation by the district attorney’s office into allegations of witness tampering or intimidation by Clear Creek Fire Chief Kelly Babeon has found no wrongdoing.

    “Neither the conduct of witness tampering nor the identification of any person acting criminally occurred,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said.

    Brown investigated an incident in which Babeon gave Assistant Fire Chief Brian Oppenheimer a disciplinary letter for failing to report that he had helped law enforcement with an investigation.

  • Vox

    Time for Fabyanic to go


    I second the proposal made by Omer Homer’s letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper that your columnist, Jerry Fabyanic, turn in his pencil and retire. For at least the past two decades, his has been the dominant voice of this paper’s editorial page — a view of the world that is strongly biased and disrespectful of any other point of view. 

  • The human condition in Clear Creek County

    I’m trying to find and tap into my inner Garrison Keillor. It’s challenging, to say the least, maybe because I’m tilting not at windmills but, instead, at wind turbines. Don Quixote would find it tough in this day of green energy.

    Keillor has a magical, unmatchable twist of the pen or, more likely, peck on the keyboard. That little commonality might be something we share: composing not the old-school way but via Microsoft Word.

  • Clear Creek preps for state, repeats as league champions

    SHERIDAN — For the second year in a row, the Clear Creek Lady Golddiggers pom squad took first place in the 3A/2A Frontier League championships in dance, besting both Middle Park, as well as host Sheridan with a choreographed dance to the song “We can’t stop,” by Miley Cyrus. The win allows them a bid for another state title on Dec. 10 at the Denver Coliseum.

  • Diggers’ rally falls short in overtime

    By Tyler Jordan
    For the Courant