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Politics

  • Springs again trying to make clerk, treasurer positions appointed

    Idaho Springs voters in November will be asked once again to turn the city clerk and city treasurer positions into appointed posts rather than elected offices.

    The city council unanimously decided at its Aug. 24 meeting to put the question on the Nov. 3 ballot, a measure that has been rejected by voters several times, most recently in 2012 and 2010.

    The city will also ask voters for permission to publish new city ordinances approved by the council in a truncated form and by title only in the Clear Creek Courant.

    Appointed positions

  • Commissioner Buckland resigns as board chair over school funding issue

    County Commissioner Phil Buckland resigned unexpectedly as board chair Tuesday after failing to convince his two fellow commissioners to support him on a school district funding issue.

    County commissioners decide what percent of money from U.S. Forest Service receipts goes to Clear Creek School District every year. By law, 25 percent of Forest Service receipts goes to the county road and bridge department, 25 percent to the school district and 50 percent is discretionary.

  • Pot store manager appointed to fill vacancy on Idaho Springs council

    Jason Siegel, general manager of the Kine Mine marijuana shop, has been appointed to the Idaho Springs city council.

    Siegel replaces Lisa Highley, who resigned the Ward 3 seat in May because of an impending move to New Hampshire to be near her daughter.

    Highley was appointed in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Michael Hillman when he was elected mayor. The Ward 3 seat is up for election in November, according to interim city administrator Phyllis Adams.

  • St. Mary’s board hopes new members bring stability, calm

    For the first time in two months, the St. Mary’s Glacier Water and Sanitation District hopes it will have a full roster of five board members after bad blood and resignations reduced the organization to just two.

    Friction between past members and the residents has also necessitated having law enforcement on hand to keep the peace during monthly meetings, according to Gaile Mink, the board’s treasurer. Mink said things became so heated at times over various issues that some members even received death threats.

  • Former city council member appointed to vacant seat

    The Idaho Springs city council has appointed former member John Curtis to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat.

    The seat had been held by city councilwoman Deloris “Dee” Munchiando, who died Nov. 26 of natural causes.

    Curtis is the water/wastewater superintendent for Georgetown. The council selected Curtis over city treasurer John Young.

  • Springs voters approve 1-cent boost in sales tax

    Idaho Springs voters overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent increase in the city sales tax, which officials hope to use for road maintenance.
    According to unofficial results from the Nov. 4 election, 61 percent of voters favored the tax hike.
    The current total sales-tax rate in Idaho Springs is 6.9 percent, of which 3 percent goes to the city. Officials say the city hasn’t raised its sales tax in recent memory, and the increase is projected to raise $350,000 a year in additional revenue.

  • DA candidates spar in debate

    The three candidates for Clear Creek district attorney took turns being cross-examined during a Sept. 19 Republican-hosted forum at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs.

    Incumbent DA Bruce Brown, a Democrat, is running for a second term and was in the hot seat during much of the forum.

  • Commissioners again run afoul of Open Meetings Law

    A meeting among two Clear Creek county commissioners and a local business owner has once again raised questions about the board’s failure to follow the Colorado Open Meetings Law.

    County Commissioners Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland met Dec. 9 with TallGrass Spa owner Gail Ridings to discuss her concerns about broadband access in her neighborhood.

  • Polis wins re-election to Congress

    Incumbent Democrat Jared Polis defeated Republican challenger George Leing 55 percent to 45 percent in the 2nd Congressional District, which includes Evergreen and Conifer.

    Tallies from the Colorado Secretary of State's office showed Polis's win to be 54.7 percent of the vote over Leing's percent at 45.3 percent of the vote.

  • Grantham re-elected to state Senate

    Here's a roundup of local candidates and issues in Tuesday's election.

    Senate District 2

    State Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, won his second term by defeating Bailey resident and Green Party candidate Martin Wirth with 75 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

    Clear Creek County was added to Grantham’s district in 2011, joining El Paso, Park, Teller and Fremont counties as part of the newly reformed District 2.