• In her defense of George W. Bush’s War on Iraq, national security adviser and later Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice used the phrase “status quo ante” to describe the situation in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein regime before the U.S. invasion. By so phrasing the situation, one of her points was that even the biggest critics of the war would not support returning Saddam to power.

  •  It’s hatched! For the past year, I’ve been sitting on a huge egg, tending to it like a mother hen. The egg was the Public Health Assessment required by the state of all local health agencies, and the five-year public and environmental health improvement plan mandated as part of the assessment -- thus the reason for my health column sabbatical. As indicated in Ian Neligh’s feature story in the Oct. 16 Courant, the entire improvement plan including the results of the surveys, focus groups, interviews and research studies is available at www.ClearCreekHealth.us.

  • Vox

    Patriot’s Park would be good for town
    Regarding the recent article in the Courant: It is incredible that a simple proposal to name a piece of city property “Patriot’s Park” could invoke such a storm of recriminations from the director of the library board.
    The allegations presented by the board of director are as follows:
    • The new name would detract from the classy, inspirational titles espoused by the director — i.e., “the yard” and “the library grounds.”

  • If you remember flashbulbs and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, you’re likely over 60. For the nation, the ordeal was a “flash-bulb” moment, one that you accurately and vividly recall where you were, what you were doing and those you were with.

  • Vox

     CDOT’s endless presence, nightmare

    So, I guess CDOT is finally finishing it three-lane, 2-mile highway segment east of Idaho Springs. After this traffic debacle, I guess they are toying with a toll lane going west from Empire, then maybe a three-lane eastward tunnel bore.

    What does all this add up to? Two to three years of a living hell for all those traveling east or west of Idaho Springs, and in return for what? 

  • The two-part series I wrote on the wisdom of preserving open space atop Floyd Hill elicited varied responses, written and verbal. Some were specific to the issue itself and others about me changing my position and being willing to not only say so but also be clear in my explanation for the shift in perspective.

  • The flooding that hit Clear Creek and Jefferson counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

    This was undoubtedly and quite noticeably true of the flooding and of 2012’s devastating Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer. But the problem also exists in a less-noticeable but far more important arena — coverage of local governments.

  • Vox

     Floyd Hill meadow should remain open space


  • The unpleasantness that has arisen due to Commissioners Tom Hayden and Phil Buckland reneging on their promise to protect open space atop Floyd Hill has to be looked at — not as an isolated, local concern — but from their decision’s meaning for the entire Clear Creek community.

    There are several broad concepts we, especially our community leaders, need to keep in mind as we envision and create a pathway to the Clear Creek of the future:

  • Most of you know me or at least have heard my name. I have been involved with the city in one way or another for more than 20 years and have watched our government work from both sides of the council table. 

  • I’ve been asked why I am running for mayor and why I would be best for the position. I truly believe that I would be the best for mayor because, in owning a service business, I already allow myself to be open to new ideas and criticism from others and act in a positive manner toward them. 

  •  It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your mayor for the past four years Most of all, I have enjoyed working with a great and efficient staff. They have my utmost respect. 

    Idaho Springs has gone through many changes and challenges in years past. The citizens have always shown their patience, resolve and continued interest in making our city a great place to live and work.

    After all, citizens are the central focus of the city. It would be an honor to serve again as mayor. Thank you for your support and trust.

  • Fair warning, Floyd Hillers, you’d better sit before reading on: Fabyanic is about to drop a bombshell. Empirical data are convincing me that it’s time to put to bed the issue about development on Floyd Hill, the east entrance to Clear Creek and Gateway to Colorado’s Mountain Experience by purchasing the parcels and rezoning them as open space.

  • Vox

    Thanks for condolences


    It is difficult indeed to put our thoughts into words, but we very much appreciate (the community’s) kind and helpful words, deeds and gestures at a time when these things mean so much. Carroll Turner White (C.T.) was a friend to many and a good role model to all of us. He will be sorely missed by his family and all who knew him.

    The White, Turner and Schuessler families


  • Put me down as no-yes-yes-no-yes on the ballot tax questions.

    No on the Georgetown proposal that would add 1.5 percent to the sales tax in a tradeoff for a 2-mill reduction in property taxes. I’m not sure of the logic, if any, behind it, but it makes me wonder who pushed it and their agenda. The only ones who seem to benefit are upscale homeowners and in-town real estate agents. Sixth Street is already a path-less-traveled without adding another barrier to visitors parting with their dollars.

  • Vox

    Give the Squaw Pass Road workers a break


    I am a resident of Blue Valley Acres and had to share how impressed I am with the hard work happening on Squaw Pass. 

    I drive this road daily, sometimes several times daily. I see the same flaggers and heavy-equipment operators day in and day out. For the last four months, I have gotten to know who smiles, who is in charge and who dresses warmly for the elements. 

  • Vox

     Thanks for support of Watershed Festival


    To the amazing volunteers, passport station staff, entertainment, service/product providers and sponsors:

    Thank you for making our fifth annual Clear Creek Watershed Festival a success. What a wonderful way to celebrate this spectacular place and resilient community. We could not have done it without all of you. This unsolicited testimony sums up the value of all your efforts:

  •  “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” 

    — Barry Goldwater

    After proclaiming that at the 1964 Republican convention, Barry Goldwater went on to get trounced in one of the most lopsided landslides in presidential history.

  •  Ten years and counting. Hard to believe that I started writing for the Courant when Lynn Granger was Georgetown police judge, Bob Poirot was county commissioner, Bill Owens was governor and George W. Bush was president. Barack Obama had yet to make a splash on the national scene. 

  • Vox

     Time to have a conversation

    about what county should be


    The Snow Mountain property on Floyd Hill is attracting attention from many corners of Clear Creek County. Some want to develop the property into a multiple-unit (560?) housing venture to raise the county property-tax base. Others want to preserve it as an open-space gateway to Clear Creek County for Interstate 70 travelers.