• The results are in: The Rail to Vail is a success!

    Well, OK, there’s no train through the Interstate 70 corridor providing rapid transit for Summit and Eagle county snow riders, but there were two from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park on March 14 and 15, and they sold out in hours.

    Skiers and boarders, as well as those who wanted to visit the area for just fun, were elated. No doubt some rode the train for nostalgic and “to-be-cool” reasons, but others appreciated the alternative to the never-to-be-ending I-70 morass.

  • Vox

    Tell council to say no to new Exit 241 bridge


    On Feb. 23, the Idaho Springs City Council is scheduled to vote on allowing the Colorado Department of Transportation to build a new bridge at Exit 241 on the east side of Idaho Springs.

    It’s time for everyone in Idaho Springs to say no!

    There are viable alternatives to a new bridge. The current bridge has three lanes under it that can be used for highway lanes. The lanes at 241 can be moved beyond the current bridge, requiring no further changes be made.

  • According to Colorado Statute 30-5-112, the description for the county line between Clear Creek and Gilpin is simply: “Commencing at the junction of North and South Clear Creeks, and running thence up the dividing ridge between said streams, to the summit of the Snowy Range …” (more commonly known as the ridge extending between forks of North and South Clear Creek, and the summit of James Peak).

  • Vox

    Thanks for help with Mardi Gras fund-raiser


    On behalf of the board of directors of the Mill Creek Valley Historical Society, we wish to thank everyone who participated in our Mardi Gras fund-raiser.

  • Having followed the unfolding saga taking place within the fire district, I can say this with certainty: I’m glad I’m not on the Fire Authority board. Talk about occupying a hot seat in the midst of a raging wildfire.

    Having said that, I want to thank the board for dealing with the contentious issue about Fire Chief Kelly Babeon’s status in a transparent, professional manner.

  • In my last two columns I discussed the scope of the I-70 corridor problem as well as the single-solution mind-set of the Colorado Department of Transportation: widen and pave it. I hold to four contentions:

    • For more than 97 percent of the time, the highway as it exists is more than adequate.

    • For the remaining 2 to 3 percent of time, there is no on-ground solution.

    • Expansion of the highway’s footprint is more than inimical to Clear Creek’s interests; it’s destructive to the community and environment.

  • In last week’s column, I explored the scope of the Interstate 70 corridor problem, holding that the rubber has met the road both metaphorically and literally in Clear Creek, and we’re at a crossroads. CDOT’s plan is simple: widening and laying asphalt; ours is to maintain and assure a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community.

    I concluded with wondering whether Clear Creek remains a full-fledged partner in the decision-making process.

    When I posed that to Commissioner Tim Mauck, he said he disagrees to a point.

  • It’s been inevitable Clear Creek arrive at the fork in the road that will have profound outcomes on the county in our lifetimes and beyond. Along with the lifespan of the Henderson operation, actions taken in context of the Interstate 70 corridor will have more impact on our community’s future than any other challenge: economically, socially, environmentally and more.

  • Vox

    Contractor trying to make it right


    It’s an amazing thing when we see a business try to make things right. Mountain Corridor Constructors is trying to do just that with the offer for compensation for lost revenue to our businesses in Idaho Springs. Let’s hope that Mayor Hillman and the city council can respond in a positive way to its offer. 

  • The Christmas season: The time when good boys and girls find delightful presents in their stockings. That might be happening elsewhere, but here in Clear Creek, the Grinch has stolen Christmas.

    Dr. Seuss could’ve had the Colorado Department of Transportation in mind as a model for his creepy villain, given how CDOT muck-a-mucks must’ve decided the good citizens and merchants of Clear Creek have been naughty instead of being cooperative, supportive and patient stakeholders.

  • Vox

    Lift tickets don’t seem like an ethics violation


    Re: Loveland lift tickets for county employees.

    How many county employees are there? Seems that spread out over all the employees, it hardly has an average value of $50 per person. So it does not violate any ethics law. Just sayin’.

    Bonnie Reimer

    Idaho Springs

  • Since the 15th century when Tomas de Torquemada made his mark, his name has become synonymous with torture. Torquemada was a Dominican monk, quite pious, it is said, in his private life but fanatical in his public role. He was appointed by Spain’s Most Catholic Majesties Ferdinand II and Isabella I of Spain to head the Inquisition.

    Torquemada was aptly named, in that torque means “to twist, turn, turn about, twist awry, and torture.” That is what he did to human bodies.

  • It’s been a month since the 2014 elections, and the post-mortems have been written ad infinitum. I promise to be brief with regard to it.

  • “Death, be not proud, though some have called thee

    Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,

    For, those whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow

    Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

    — John Donne, “Holy Sonnets: Number 10”

    “I am not suicidal,” wrote Brittany Maynard. “If I were, I would have consumed that medication long ago. I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms.”

  • (Reprinted from Dec. 7, 2011)

    Many people complain to me that they find winter birding dull because there are no pretty birds around.

    True, the winter residents at most feeders — pine siskins, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy and down woodpeckers, house sparrows, house finches, and the various forms of the dark-eyed junco — are mostly gray, brown, and black-and-white birds. Not very exciting or colorful, but still interesting.

  • Vox

    Give credit where credit is due


    The article on the greenway in Clear Creek Canyon was excellent; however, you failed to acknowledge the real individuals who made this happen. The Clear Creek Open Space Commission initiated and implemented this plan. 

  • For the past several months, the world has been confronted with the horror of psychopaths beheading hostages. Decent men and women have decried the subhuman behavior by ISIS, the Islamic State. President Obama condemned the latest of five-to-date executions as “an act of pure evil by a terrorist group.”

    One-hundred-fifty years ago on Nov. 29, 1864, American “soldiers” engaged in a similar atrocity, an act of barbarism that has become known as the Sand Creek Massacre.

  • Ennui: I have loved the word since my 11th-grade English class with Mr. Laurence. He was a stickler for vocabulary and was one of the teachers who stirred my imagination most when it comes to language.
    I notice now, especially while doing crossword puzzles, my vocabulary recall slipping. Old age? Or perhaps lack of use? Perhaps both, but for some reason, ennui remains fresh.

  • If you’ve been reading my columns over the past several weeks, you might’ve noted one consistent refrain or mantra: “principled, pragmatic, problem-solving leadership.” One might call it the 3PRs.
    3PR is a philosophical approach to dealing with our societal great issues: economic, environmental, social justice, et al.

  • The 2014 election is shaping up as a referendum on the Colorado electorate: Do we mean what we say when we claim we want pragmatic, principled, problem-solving leadership or are we just paying lip-service to that notion?