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Today's News

  • Fabyanic: Perversion of American values

    Recently, a young friend visiting from Europe asked what I am proud of and love about America.

    The United States, I began, is the oldest constitutional republic, possibly in history. I spoke about American ingenuity, innovation, can-do entrepreneurial spirit, and great feats and accomplishments such as the lunar landing. It was America, grudgingly led into World War II by Franklin D. Roosevelt, that saved the world from Hitler and stood steadfast against the Soviet communist empire. The list continued.

  • Byerley: Democrat demagoguery

    Last week’s first round of the Democratic Debates was a joke. Many described them as a “clown show,” which was very fitting. It was nothing more than a showing of how to “out radicalize” the next and who was more “progressive” than the other.

    With so many candidates on stage, no one was truly able to shine, and several disappeared into the shadows. Colorado Democrats John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet sounded awful overall, a complete embarrassment to our state.

  • County Briefs

    Human services department wins state award

    Clear Creek’s Health & Human Services division has received the 2018 C-Stat Award from the state for its distinguished performance.

    Each year, the Colorado Department of Human Services gives the award to a handful of counties for their work in behavioral health, early childhood, and improving economic security and community access for families and young people.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 17-23

    • Tuesday, June 18 — Idaho Springs police arrested a man after responding to an assault-in-progress call at a Colorado Boulevard park. The man reportedly got into a physical confrontation with a woman, who he tried to drag toward the creek and threw her shoes in. The man reportedly assaulted an officer who was trying to take him into custody. Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital and cleared. The suspect was then booked at the county jail.

  • Local group adopts highway in memory of Empire man

    The main stretch of U.S. Highway 40 going through Empire looks more pristine now that hundreds of cigarette butts, cardboard, discarded clothing and trash no longer litter it.

    On Saturday morning, a small group of Friends of Clear Creek members met to clean the highway, which the Friends are adopting in memory of Hans Berg, a member and Empire resident who died on March 7 after an avalanche on Jones Pass.

  • Idaho Springs Briefs

    Redrawing city’s voting districts approved

    The Idaho Springs City Council approved redrawing the city’s district lines from three voting districts into two during its June 24 meeting.

    The redrawn voting districts will divide the city into two wards near 17th Street. This way, staff described, the number of registered voters will be more equal among the districts.

    The new structure will not take effect immediately, but will start with this fall’s municipal election, when three council seats likely will be open.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Town increases water, sewer rates

    The Georgetown Board of Selectmen during its June 25 meeting voted 4-0 to increase the water and sewer base charges by less than 3 percent each.

    Sewer rates will increase by $1.34, or 2.55 percent, for a single residential unit or equivalent (EQR) each month. Water rates will increase by $1.57, or 2.21 percent, per EQR each month.

  • Longtime members are Inter-Canyon Fire’s backbone

    First in a five-part series on first responders in the area.

    Shane Buckles would drive across the country to give his friend a nickel. At least that’s what Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Skip Shirlaw says.

    “As incredible a firefighter that he is, the man he is surpasses all of that. His values, his integrity … I’m really proud to call him one of my mentors,” Shirlaw said.

  • Fraternity brothers from all over U.S. cycling for a higher purpose

    EMPIRE — As the old saying goes, “It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey.” For a group of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers, that motto couldn’t be truer.

    Over the past three weeks, members of the fraternity have traversed the country via bicycle, raising money and awareness for people with disabilities through Journey of Hope, an organization tied to the Ability Experience.

  • Rafter dies in Clear Creek

    A 50-year-old man has died in a rafting accident Monday morning in Clear Creek.

    The man, who was from Arizona, was pronounced dead around 11:10 a.m. at the scene in the 2500 block of Stanley Road, the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office confirmed. He had been on a guided rafting trip with Downstream Adventures Rafting. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, and CPR was in progress during the 911 call.

    The man had not been identified as of early Monday afternoon.

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