Today's News

  • 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.

  • Two-vehicle crash injures five on I-70

    Two adults and three children were transported to the hospital in serious condition July 9 after a car collided with their minivan, causing the minivan to roll on Interstate 70 on Floyd Hill.

    The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes at 7:11 p.m. at mile marker 247, according to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid.

  • 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.