Clear Creek Courant News Briefs for Oct. 13, 2021

Posted 10/12/21

Former ISPD officer’s hearingcontinued to Nov. 30 Nicholas Hanning, the former Idaho Springs police officer charged with assault, has had his disposition hearing continued to 2 p.m. Nov. 30. At …

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Clear Creek Courant News Briefs for Oct. 13, 2021

Posted

Former ISPD officer’s hearing
continued to Nov. 30

Nicholas Hanning, the former Idaho Springs police officer charged with assault, has had his disposition hearing continued to 2 p.m. Nov. 30. At that time, a plea may be entered or the case may be scheduled for trial.

During a brief court appearance on Oct. 5, both Hanning’s defense attorney and the prosecution asked for the continuance to gather more information. County Judge Cynthia Jones granted the request.

Hanning has been charged with third-degree assault of an at-risk person for deploying a stun gun against Michael Clark, 75, on May 30. Clark, who was unarmed in his home when he was stunned, has since suffered serious medical problems.

Hanning has also been named in a lawsuit by Brady Mistic, a deaf man who claims Hanning and another ISPD officer used “unnecessary force” when they deployed a stun-gun and arrested him in Sept. 2019.

Contract awarded for Devil’s Nose shooting range construction

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded the construction contract for the Devil’s Nose target shooting range, which will be along Highway 103 northwest of Echo Lake.

Construction will last about five-and-a-half months, potentially across two seasons depending on the weather, so the range should be open sometime in 2023, USFS representatives have confirmed.

Construction should start sometime late spring 2022, weather allowing.

Once the range is open, it will prompt dispersed shooting closures in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Clear Creek County south of I-70, which USFS finalized in summer 2019.

During an Oct. 5 county commissioners meeting, Clear Creek District Ranger Scott Haas said the USFS’ partnership with the county and other entities has been critical to get the project to this point.

The agency has been working on the project since 2013 as part of a sport-shooting partnership with counties and other entities across the Northern Front Range, and in 2015, the agency decided to build the range. Since then, USFS has been finalizing funding and other logistics.

Commissioner Sean Wood said he hasn’t heard any complaints about dispersed recreational shooting in a while, and wondered whether recent fire bans were part of the reason. Haas said he likewise hasn’t heard many complaints lately.

For more information about the project and associated closures, visit https://rb.gy/edtwc6.

Tolls for new express lane start early 2022

The Colorado Department of Transportation has confirmed that tolling for westbound Interstate 70 mountain express lane won’t start until after Jan. 1. The exact date has not been announced.

The lane is currently open for free as CDOT tests its tolling equipment.

The contractor also is finishing up the final aspects of the project, CDOT representatives stated in an Oct. 5 county commissioners meeting.

“Hopefully, we’re not doing punchlist items through the winter months,” CDOT’s Mike Keleman said. “It will mostly be testing and making sure it’s operating properly.”

Along with the westbound express lane, CDOT is wrapping up the Empire-to-Georgetown resurfacing project, which should be done by Oct. 31.

The U.S. 6 resurfacing project through Clear Creek Canyon is about 15% complete, and should be done by Aug. 2022.

Longer-term, Keleman and his colleagues said the Floyd Hill project will probably go out to bid this spring with construction starting later in the year. The roundabouts and wildlife crossings associated with the project will likely be completed first.

Additionally, CDOT has updated its website and encouraged residents to visit it. The home page now has more digital tools and information, particularly for truckers, and can be personalized for repeat visitors.

For more information, visit cotrip.org.

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