Today's News

  • County Briefs

    Xcel to work on fire mitigation in Clear Creek

    Xcel Energy has started a wildfire-risk mitigation program that will manage vegetation and protect its assets in Clear Creek and other high-risk areas.

    Company representative Preston Gibson told the county commissioners during a July 16 work session that the company wants to coordinate with local agencies to achieve this goal. To that end, Xcel Energy is having monthly meetings with the U.S. Forest Service and wants to work closely with the county’s emergency management team.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 8-14

    • Monday, July 8 — The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft along eastbound Interstate 70 near mile marker 244. Tires and rims had been stolen from a Bobcat loader.

    • Monday, July 8 — Idaho Springs police investigated a report of a stolen truck after the owner said he’d parked it at a construction site on July 3. He left it unlocked with the keys in the visor. The truck was listed as stolen in the national crime computer, and the case remains open.

  • Fabyanic: Immigrant chromosome in American DNA

    Since he regally descended the escalator to announce his candidacy, immigration has been Donald Trump’s signature issue, propelling him to the presidency. In the time since, he has fomented anger and hostility among fawning acolytes by railing against “illegals,” which is code for immigrants of color, and has stoked the flame of resentment by encouraging and condoning violence against immigrants, telling them and native-born and naturalized citizens to “go back where you came from.”

  • Byerley: Sad to be a Democrat

    It must be so sad and exhausting to be a Democrat these days. Spending nearly every waking hour thinking about and being outraged by everything. Waiting for just the right opportunity to blow your lid about a comment that was triggering or taking aim at a business in protest that “wronged” some group of people.

    To miss the forest for the trees by focusing on one tiny piece of the puzzle and ignoring the rest of the facts. Pointing fingers at someone or something else instead of taking personal responsibility for one’s actions. Too bad, so sad.

  • Byerley: No wolves for Colorado

    Colorado does not need a reintroduction of gray wolves into the state. Environmental groups, such as the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project with funding from the Ted Turner Endangered Species Fund, are pushing to unnaturally manipulate a species back into our state that will devastate our wildlife, spread disease, decimate livestock and possibly become predatory to humans.

  • Fabyanic: Who gives a damn?

    A theme in my recent columns is about the need for Republicans of good character to speak out about what is happening in and to their party. It is disconcerting to see few willing to rebuke their leader by condemning his degrading and despicable tweets, comments and statements.

  • Fabyanic: The Mueller moment

    It was disturbing to watch Robert Mueller, who has unselfishly served his country from Vietnam through FBI director, being eviscerated by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. Just when one thinks Republicans reach bottom, they manage to find new depths.

    On March 4, 1861, the first Republican president called on his countrymen to aspire to “the better angels of our nature.” Four years of a brutal civil war never swayed Abraham Lincoln from that perspective of human dignity.

  • Byerley: Our hope is in Him

    There are weeks when politics becomes exhausting. The last thing I want to do is think about local, state or national politics and try to come up with something insightful to say about the mess.

    Turning on morning and evening talk radio becomes a droning sound in my ear, and my blood begins to boil as I think of how our country is being eroded away. All the while people become more ignorant. The best thing I know to do during these times is turn on some music I enjoy, sing at the top of my lungs and appreciate the beautiful surroundings, our gift from God.

  • Developers propose metro districts to serve Soda Creek Highlands

    The Idaho Springs City Council was scheduled to decide during a special meeting Monday whether to approve the service plan of two proposed metropolitan districts that would serve the proposed Soda Creek Highlands residential development above Pine Slope Road.

    If approved, the question on whether to form the districts would be on the November ballot. Results of that decision weren’t available by press time.

    The City Council tabled the decision during its July 22 meeting.

  • Byerley: Bureau of Land Grab is finally moving

    Hats off to Washington for finally recognizing the need to move the Bureau of Land Management to the West. The decision to move the BLM headquarters to Grand Junction was announced last week. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Cory Gardner and others, the BLM headquarters is finally headed to where it belonged in the first place.