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Today's News

  • Weather closes Clear Creek schools

    All schools in Clear Creek County are closed today due to the weather and hazardous road conditions.

     

  • Vox Pop

    Countering Riddell’s column
    Editor:

    Mr. Riddell’s column of March 16 had as much truth in it as a Trump tweet.
    Riddell failed to note that the “devastating” counterclaim of Trump’s great lawyer, Roy Cohn, was dismissed before trial.
    Riddell also forgot that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes and only the antiquated electoral college system put Trump into office.

  • A wish list of priorities

    With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.

  • Health care is a right; health insurance isn’t

    Let’s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It’s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one’s employment or financial situation.
    Health insurance isn’t natural; it’s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it’s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.

  • A wish list of priorities

    With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President’s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive’s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.

  • Health care is a human right; health insurance isn’t

    Let’s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It’s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one’s employment or financial situation.

    Health insurance isn’t natural; it’s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it’s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.

  • Ex-business manager charged with felony theft

    An Idaho Springs resident was arrested in connection with the theft of $245,000 from Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub.

    Hope Michelle Reynolds, 47, the restaurant’s former business manager, has been charged with one count of third-degree felony theft, which could carry a possible sentence of between four and 12 years in prison.

    According to the arrest affidavit, Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub contacted the police after it received a forensic accounting report detailing allegations of theft, including Reynolds’ activity as business manager from 2013-16.

  • Idaho Springs to ask voters to extend council members’ term limits

    Voters in Idaho Springs will be asked in November to allow city council members to serve a third term.

    Mayor Mike Hillman, who is in his first term, told the council at its March 20 meeting that it would be an advantage because sometimes it was difficult to find people willing to run for office.

    Currently, council members can serve two four-year terms. If the ballot measure is approved, a successfully re-elected candidate could serve 12 years.

  • Idaho Springs wants a bond to make road improvements

    Idaho Springs officials want to ask voters to approve a $60 million bond to fix the town’s roads and sidewalks, and then use proceeds from an already approved 1 percent sales tax to pay it back.

    The plan would need voter approval, and officials say there would be no property tax increase.

    In 2014, voters approved the sales tax with the money earmarked for road improvements, and it raises between $500,000 and $600,000 a year. By borrowing the money, the work could be done more quickly.

  • Georgetown cancels election, has bids on projects

    Georgetown has cancelled its election, as no one signed up to run in opposition to the incumbent police judge and the three selectmen seats up for re-election.

    According to Town Administrator Tom Hale, Georgetown’s police judge, which serves as the de factor mayor, running the meetings and signing contracts — has a two-year term. This year, no one is running to oppose incumbent police judge Matt Skeen.