Today's News

  • Arvada man accused of setting girlfriend on fire at campsite

    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.

  • Man dies after falling into Georgetown Lake

    A 30-year-old man died after reportedly falling out of a kayak at Georgetown Lake on Saturday evening.
    The Summit County Water Rescue Team recovered a body from the lake just before 2 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office.
    The Georgetown Police Department was investigating, but foul play was not suspected, the Sheriff’s Office said.

  • Hill Climb participants rise to steep challenge

    By Craig Harper, For the Courant

    As an annual participant and two-time winner of the Guanella Pass Hill Climb bicycle race, LeRoy Popowski should have had a distinct advantage over first-timer Johnathan Freter in the July 11 fifth edition.

    Indeed, Freter mistimed the final sprint. But so did Popowski, and younger legs prevailed — though by the slimmest of margins.

  • Vox

    Protect Clear Creek’s wilderness


    This coming July would have marked the 10th anniversary of my time on the mountain — lots and lots of time on that mountain near Idaho Springs. But that time expired just a year shy of this landmark. And then, I returned to “civilization,” Denver style. That in of itself has been quite a process. With a little help from my friends, I’ve mastered the salad fork again.

  • Clinton knows meaning of perseverance

    I had my “aha” moment last week with regard to the success of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It came by way of Ezra Klein’s online piece on Vox. In it Klein posits a clarifying distinction between the Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns.

    “Clinton employed a less masculine strategy to win. She won the Democratic primary by spending years slowly, assiduously, building relationships with the entire Democratic Party.”

  • Paint invaders arriving downtown a shade later than they’d planned
  • Controlled burn near Empire improves bighorn sheep habitat

    The U.S. Forest Service conducted a controlled burn on 50 acres northwest of Empire on Monday to improve bighorn sheep habitat.

    More than 40 firefighters participated, many staying overnight to keep an eye on the fire’s embers to prevent rekindling.

    Forest Service spokeswoman Reid Armstrong said the controlled burn was essential to bighorn sheep habitat.

  • County commission candidate focused on future challenges

    County commission candidate Nancy Judge said county officials are moving in the right direction to prepare for the economic impact of the pending closure of the Henderson Mine.

    The Evergreen resident and longtime county resident with experience as PTA president at King-Murphy Elementary and Clear Creek Middle School is running for the District 2 commission seat in November’s election.

  • Springs seeking design ideas for center of new roundabout

    The city of Idaho Springs is looking for design ideas for the center of the new roundabout on the east end of town.

    Mayor Mike Hillman wants community input on what the area ultimately should look like. Residents are invited to bring photos, sketches and drawings to city hall; ideas for the design will be accepted until the end of the summer.

    “The whole idea is community participation in the vision of Idaho Springs and our gateway into the city,” Hillman said.

  • We must strive — and accept consequences

    “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

    — Robert Browning

    I am feeling a bit better about American society not going totally off the rails when it comes to personal responsibility. The Colorado Supreme Court was unequivocal in its skier responsibility decision, ruling 5-2 that when skiers, boarders, and other such adventurers venture from the beaten path, or in this case the defined trail, he/she assumes the risk. Even to the point of death.