• Brown: New blood needed in district attorney’s office

    Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. Here, Democrat Bruce Brown, an Idaho Springs attorney, discusses his qualifications.


  • A reminder to vote, a special right Americans have

    Be afraid, be very, very afraid! It is Halloween after all. I like Halloween not for its secular holiday appeal. I like it because it’s the end of the long autumn month of October and the transition into November, Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season. 

  • Research carefully before casting your vote

    I’d like to take credit for a wag’s summary of one debate performer coming down to the letter B — Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets — but journalistic ethics combined with the residual effects of my guilt-ridden Catholic upbringing won’t allow me.

  • Commission pick has large implications

     It’s not likely Adam Ochs, R-Evergreen, will unseat Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder, in House District 13 that includes Clear Creek, but that didn’t stop Ochs from entering the race or coming onto KYGT to engage with Levy, with me facilitating, in an open-ended conversation.

    After the show, I told Ochs he’s a rare local Republican candidate: no fear of stating unequivocally what he stands for in an unscripted manner and having his words recorded for future reference.

  • Candidate Buckland has 4 important qualifications

     As we learned last week, the county commissioner is one of the most influential people over your day-to-day life. I’ve had a few occasions to work with Joan Drury on issues regarding several projects. Joan is always accessible, friendly and is someone who takes our concerns seriously. Personally, I am sad to see her term-limited but also wish her the very best.

  • Buckland: My promises if elected county commissioner

    Editor’s note: Each of the candidates for Clear Creek County commissioner will be given an opportunity to write a column for the Opinion page before the Nov. 6 election. This week, Phil Buckland, a Republican running for the District 3 seat, discusses his qualifications.

  • Remembering Dean St. John, volunteer firefighter and mentor

    Fifteen years ago this month, I had stopped by the post office in Idaho Springs — the former one in the 1500 block of Colorado Boulevard — taking a break from writing my master’s thesis to grab the mail for my parents.

    I greeted Dean St. John, a longtime family friend who my dad had worked with underground for a time at the Henderson Mine on the drill bench and who I knew as a longtime volunteer firefighter in Idaho Springs. It was the latter topic that came up in our brief conversation that day.

  • County’s economic growth will inconvenience someone

     You are about to vote for the most powerful elected official who has the most control over your life, your community and your well-being. This position has the power to take in tax money, distribute tax money and make policy that may keep you from being employed or may help build up the employment within the county. This position is the county commissioner position. 

  • Romney would be bad for America

     I’m giving President Obama a pass on his less-than-stellar performance during the Oct. 4 debate. By the time this column is printed, hopefully he will have redeemed himself by challenging Mr. Romney to answer “Which Mitt is it?” in the Oct. 16 debate.

  • Sheriff says passing Amendment 64 would open can of worms

     A proposed state constitutional amendment would legalize the recreational use and widespread commercial distribution of marijuana. It would allow anyone 21 years or older to possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana. That’s roughly enough to roll about 60 joints or bake eight pans of marijuana-laced brownies.