• 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.

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    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. 

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     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.

  • The recall of two state senators has and will continue to have implications on our democratic process for time to come. Had the recall proponents not been successful, we would be moving on; but they were, and as a result, there’s blood in the water. Now, groups disenchanted with their public officials for whatever reason will be more confident about following the recall path. 

    Questions abound:

    Will it be seen as a restoration of citizen power or an overreach?  

  • Vox

     Expansion of rec center a wise idea


    I am happy to see that the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District is planning
    to renovate, upgrade and expand the Idaho Springs Recreation Center. 

  • Vox

     Commissioners’ actions regarding

    open space disappointing


    Re: The county commissioners’ meeting on Aug. 16

    I wish to comment on my disappointment over the outcome of the Clear Creek Board of County Commissioners meeting to consider the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission’s request to move forward in an effort to acquire the former Williams (now Snow Mountain) property just south of the Floyd Hill overpass. 

  •  Dear friends, neighbors and residents of Clear Creek County:

    We hope you and your family have remained safe in this emergency. As you are aware, Clear Creek County has sustained significant damage to its infrastructure and private residences in certain parts of our community, namely from Idaho Springs and extending to the east end of the county.

  • Vox

     New rec center needed but overpriced


    I have been a patron of the recreation center in Idaho Springs for more than 10 years. I have found the facilities to be adequate, and the staff and management to be good. While the building is in pretty good shape, renovations are needed sooner or later. Current low-interest rates make sooner better.

  •  Things have changed in Clear Creek in 2013 with the “new regime,” as it is being called. Elections generally do have consequences, and the change in two commissioner seats has been telling. For sure, it’s a different day.  

    In the Aug. 28 edition of the Courant, letter writer Etta Satter lambastes Commissioners Phil Buckland and Tom Hayden for flip-flopping on a commitment to negotiate to purchase the Snow Mountain property that in her mind was a solemn promise.