• Turnout strong at county’s Super Tuesday caucuses

    Local party officials reported strong attendance at the March 1 caucuses.

    Republican vice chair Steve Schultz said turnout “exceeded expectations” and yielded several resolutions that will go to the March 15 county assembly. The party was not able to provide attendance numbers.

  • 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.

  • Wheelock set to give it another run

    Randy Wheelock said he is invested in the county and wants to keep it healthy.

    The Empire resident, a general contractor for more than four decades and a longtime leader in the Clear Creek Democrats, has announced his candidacy for the District 3 county commission seat currently held by Republican Phil Buckland.

    In 2012, Wheelock ran for a commission seat, defeating opponent Tom Bennhoff in a combative primary. He ultimately lost the race to Republican Phil Buckland, but said he is ready for another campaign.

  • Commission candidate focuses on economic development

    Clear Creek’s Democratic Party has its first official contender for next year’s county commission race.
    Georgetown resident Steve Morse, who has chaired the county’s Democratic Party since 2013, has announced his candidacy for the District 3 seat currently held by Republican Phil Buckland. Morse said he wants to help develop Clear Creek’s economy to help it survive tough years ahead.

  • Springs residents reject city's ballot measures; G-town voters OK marijuana tax

    Idaho Springs residents rejected all three ballot measures brought forward by the city in Tuesday's election, according to early results.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.