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Today's News

  • Discussions on westbound toll lane on hold

    Discussions on a new toll lane for westbound Interstate 70 are on hold after Clear Creek’s county commissioners complained about current road construction and traffic woes on the eastbound side.

    Meetings had been slated for Tuesday and for Aug. 5-6, after a group of government leaders called the I-70 Coalition gave an informal go-ahead to holding them, said Steve Harelson, a project engineer at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

    After a June 23 meeting with county commissioners, however, the future gatherings are uncertain, Harelson said.

  • Clear Creek reopened to recreational users in Jeffco

    Inner-tube users, people with single-person rafts, swimmers and others who play in the water can go back in Clear Creek in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office says.

    Sheriff's deputies closed the high-flowing stream to all individual water activities on June 12. Only commercial rafters and kayakers have legally been allowed since then. Others have faced fines, if caught.

  • G-town man charged in stabbing at Mother's Saloon

    A Georgetown resident was in custody Tuesday in connection with the stabbing of a man at Mother's Saloon on Sunday night.

    Dean M. Hennessy, 51, appeared in court Tuesday morning. He faces charges of attempted murder, assault and driving under the influence, according to the Clear Creek district attorney's office. Hennessy reportedly was arrested early Monday morning.

  • Shelter on Squaw Pass to be spruced up

    Back when now-vintage cars were shiny and new, Arapaho Spring Shelter on Squaw Pass Road was a key stop on the way to Mount Evans.

    Fresh water from the spring cooled hot car engines straining under the rapid elevation gain. The gazebo with the stone stairs and cedar-shingle roof gave passengers a chance to stretch their legs.

    In the 1930s, workers in the Civilian Conservation Corps created the G-Loop, which took sightseers from Morrison up to Bergen Park and over Squaw Pass Road to Echo Lake before returning back through Golden to Denver.

  • Improvements eyed for Saxon Mountain four-wheel-drive roads

    Saxon Mountain's four-wheel-drive roads and trails could soon get a U.S. Forest Service spruce-up.

    The popular backcountry area on the mountain south and east of Georgetown is riddled with old mining relics and tailings. Rocky, unmaintained four-wheel-drive roads up the mountain can be accessed from downtown Georgetown.

  • County hoping land at G-town Lake lures hotel builders

    Now that county officials have bought a highly visible 18-acre parcel next to Georgetown Lake, they hope developers will come knocking.

    The county paid $532,500 for the land, which officials say could someday be the site of a hotel, a housing development and recreational amenities such as a trailhead and parking. The transaction closed Tuesday, June 23. The land had been listed for sale for $595,000.

  • Increase in camping at Barbour Fork Trailhead spurs complaints

    Complaints have increased in recent weeks about campers using the Barbour Fork Trailhead near Soda Creek Road, according to U.S. Forest Service Ranger Penny Wu.

    More campers appear to be using the area, about 3 miles south of Idaho Springs, after Forest Service officials closed a 6-mile stretch of land next to Highway 103, Wu said.

  • Ferguson’s third Oh My Gawd buckle is a bittersweet one

    DUMONT — It was a bittersweet moment for Brandon Ferguson. The 33-year-old Eaton resident had just won his third Oh My Gawd rodeo buckle since 2010 in bareback riding, but he wasn’t so sure that he deserved it. 

    After all, Ferguson had twice finished behind traveling partner Shane Stevens, including during the June 26 finale at the Gene Kiefer Memorial Fairgrounds.

  • First-time competitors conquer Slacker

    GEORGETOWN — Steve Chu wasn’t initially planning on running his first Slacker Half Marathon.

    “My wife wanted to run this race actually. She dragged me up here,” the 32-year-old Colorado Springs resident said.

  • Lightning kills dog, injures 8 hikers on Mount Bierstadt

    A dog was killed and eight hikers were injured by a lightning strike Sunday morning on Mount Bierstadt.

    The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office reported that the strike occurred 500 feet below the summit of the peak, which is a popular hiking destination. Seven other hikers were present when the bolt hit but didn’t appear to be injured, according to Clear Creek sheriff’s Capt. Rick Safe.