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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Fabyanic: When good men ...

    “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
    John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English political philosopher

    America’s Original Sin. Some say slavery, others the decimation of the native peoples. Both point to a dark aspect of America’s European settlers: racial animus, the attitude of superiority of one’s race accompanied by disrespect and harm toward others.

  • Clear Creek grad excelling in college athletics

    Rachel Lucas may not be the three-sport workhorse of her Clear Creek High School days anymore, but she’s certainly picked up speed in college.

    Last year, she chose to compete at the next level in the one sport she was least familiar with: track and field. 

    After just her freshman year at Colorado Christian University, she’s seeing great strides in her performances in and out of competition. 

  • Fabyanic: Earthwise: A new story

    Two consequential events dramatically altered the world’s climate and ecosystem. The first occurred 66 million years ago when a 7-mile-wide asteroid smashed into earth near Yucatan. Within 24 hours, the species that had ruled the planet went extinct. The Day the Dinosaurs Died.

  • Byerley: Don’t be duped

    The same news stories play repeatedly on most news sources. Those who pay attention will hear the same story worded in exactly the same way on multiple channels, in multiple papers, and on multiple places on the interwebs.

    Supposed “independent” journalists repeat the same narrative they’ve been scripted to deliver, acting as though the news were new and cutting edge. Does this ever seem odd to you? Do you even notice?

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Gateway project is underway

    The Gateway construction project along Argentine Street between Seventh and 11th streets began Friday, Georgetown staff confirmed.

    Last week, crews were doing pothole and milling work.

    According to Town Administrator Kent Brown, there should be few traffic disruptions for the first two weeks of construction. When there are, the town will let the public know about them.

    The bulk of the project is expected to be done by Sept. 1, Brown said.

    Town to update traffic code

  • Managed parking turning over spots, bringing in bucks

    In its first 47 days in operation, Idaho Springs’ managed parking system is turning over parking spots five times a day on Miner Street, and has netted more than $54,000 in revenue, which is split 50-50 between the city and Interstate Parking Co. of Colorado.

    Interstate Parking General Manager Jessica Hindmarch told City Council members during a July 8 work session that five turns of the Miner Street parking spaces is equivalent to 550 parking spots. Over time, Interstate Parking believes it can reach as many as eight turns in a day.

  • Construction starts on westbound I-70 express lane

    Once it’s complete in the spring of 2021, the Westbound Interstate 70 Mountain Express Lane will give Clear Creek residents and visitors their time back.

    At least, that’s the hope that government officials, including County Commissioner Randy Wheelock, expressed at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning in downtown Idaho Springs.

    “(This project) gives us back our time and our money,” Wheelock said.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 1-7

    • Monday, July 1 — Idaho Springs officers assisted Colorado State Patrol with a suspicious-vehicle call on Floyd Hill. Officers contacted the driver, who was parked on the shoulder with his windshield wipers on even though it was sunny. As officers talked to the man, he reportedly kept falling asleep, hardly coherent. After a voluntary roadside test, the driver was taken into custody and charged with DUI.

  • News Briefs

    Transfer station changes hours

    Clear Creek County’s transfer station and recycling center has new hours, which took effect on Thursday.

    The center, at 1531 Soda Creek Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Until further notice, it will be closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays because of employee staffing.

    For additional information, call Transfer Station Facility Manager Bob Tiedemann at 303-679-2482.

    Cause determined for Red Elephant Hill fire