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Columns

  • Byerley: The short-term rental dance

    The City of Idaho Springs recently mailed the city updates newsletter, which included a reminder regarding the short-term rental ordinance that was passed in November. If you are operating a short-term rental in Idaho Springs proper, you’d better pay attention.

    When I called City Hall to obtain more information on the city’s plans to enforce said ordinance, I was told they’re going to begin issuing court summonses to those who are not in compliance.

  • Fabyanic: American denialism

    Over the past decade, a twin-strained school of thought has taken hold in America. Like the mythical Hydra, each strain has multiple heads, which, when lopped off, two others replace it.

  • Fabyanic: Hans Berg had a zest for life

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

    — “Walden: Where I Lived, What I Lived For”
    by Henry David Thoreau

  • Byerley: Checkered skies and government lies

    If you look up at the skies above Clear Creek County and across the entire Denver Metro area, on nearly any given day, you can see planes flying back and forth, leaving miles of chemtrails behind them. If you look closely, they have a pinkish and sometimes greenish tint to them.

  • Byerley: Through the valley

    One of my favorite hymns is “In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul.” Lately it keeps running through my head during difficult times. It is a reminder that the valleys of life are a place to seek solace, experience healing and to live out our low points with the help of His strength and grace.

  • Fabyanic: Dog-eat-dog education

    Two recent reports dealing with education paint a grim picture of attitudes about it. Statewide, Colorado children are being compelled to attend school in squalid buildings unfit for human occupation. Nationwide, super-wealthy, socially insecure parents are cheating and lying their scions’ ways into elite colleges and universities.

    A recent Washington Post article drew national attention to Colorado’s indifference to children, especially in poorer school districts. It pointed out that statewide classroom and infrastructure needs now stand at $14 billion.

  • Fabyanic: Co-superintendents not a good idea

    Two thousand years ago, when the republic was collapsing, the Romans concocted a new leadership model: Triumvirate, a three-man team that split areas of governance. Slow to learn, they tried it twice before concluding that a leader cannot be divided. The emerging empire was thence controlled by a singular man, albeit an emperor with unlimited power.

  • Byerley: County property conundrum

    What to do with Goldigger Field and the bus barn property is quite the conundrum. On one hand, I can understand the history and nostalgia, and wanting to preserve a green space for soccer practice, the annual homecoming football game, community events and club activities.

  • Byerley: Dreams from my dogger

    My name is Rocky Marciano-Byerley, better known as Rock-Dog. Nicole Byerley is my human, and she let me write her column this week.

    I am a mountain dog, a forest dog, and I am our office mascot. I personally rule the woods, and trucks make me very, very angry. I growl and bark at them every chance I get.

    I can be found hanging out in the yard, chasing circles around the trees and running in deep snow. I also love to sleep on my super cozy big dog bed or snooze in the afternoon sun streaming through the window in the mining office.

  • Fabyanic: Time to retire the Electoral College

    “It’s a disaster for a democracy, a total sham and a travesty.”

    — Donald Trump

    If Gov. Jared Polis signs SB 42, Colorado would join the National Popular Vote compact that would commit Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The compact would take effect once enacted by states with 89 more electoral votes.