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  • Jeffco school board incumbents retain seats

    Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly re-elected incumbents Ron Mitchell, Susan Harmon and Brad Rupert to the Jeffco school board in a race that pitted the latter two against last-minute challengers Erica Shields and Matt Van Gieson. Of the more than 423,000 people registered to vote in Jefferson County, only 30.1 percent — or about 130,000 people — turned out.
    As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, results showed:
    · Rupert in District 1 won 60.4 percent of the votes, compared to rival Van Gieson, who garnered 39.6 percent.

  • Foothills Park and Rec District mill levy gets voters’ approval

    South Jeffco voters approved a 2.75-mill increase for the Foothills Park and Recreation District, marking the district’s first successful bid for a mill levy increase since 2000.

    Though the ballot issue led in early returns, official results came in just before midnight Tuesday, showing 58.2 percent approval for the increase. Approximately 42 percent voted against the measure.

    Of the district’s 70,576 registered voters, 23,567 cast votes in the 2017 election.

  • Van Gieson’s upbringing plays a role in his desire to join the Jeffco school board
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  • Cirque Italia water circus makes a stop in Littleton

    Cirque Italia made a stop in Littleton last weekend, and those who stepped inside the circus tent probably had a hard time remembering they were in the parking lot of Southwest Plaza mall.

    The tent was small and not fully filled with guests. And Cirque Italia was smaller in size and had less production than many of its counterparts. But despite this, the tent came to life during the 4:30 p.m. Saturday show. Circus clown Coco Kramer spoke Italian, but he kept the show interactive, inciting laughs, claps and cheers from the crowd.

  • Woman reportedly harassed at Chatfield Farms corn maze

    A 29-year-old woman allegedly was harassed Oct. 21 while making her way through the corn maze at the Denver Botanic Garden Chatfield Farms location.

    The woman, identified in the police report as “Audrey,” told Officer Joshua Tillman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office that an unknown male “dressed in all black with some sort of white mask on” came out of the maze and confronted her. The person told her she had to touch him, dance with him or kiss him in order to pass.

  • Property taxes still primary funding source for West Metro

    West Metro Fire Rescue is taking a first look at its 2018 budget, a balanced spending plan of $68.2 million that relies heavily on property taxes.

    The department, which is a full-service agency covering more than 130 square miles in two counties, serves nearly 280,000 residents. Thus, the district expects to bring in approximately $53 million in property taxes in the upcoming year, a figure that makes up 76 percent of West Metro’s total general fund revenue.

  • Gonzales, Mangeri appear in court

    A Jefferson County judge on Oct. 26 found probable cause to move forward with a case against 22-year-old Joshua Gonzales.

    Gonzales is accused of seriously injuring a toddler in September and has been charged with one count of felony child abuse with seriously bodily harm. If convicted, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 10 to 32 years.

  • The Great Pumpkin Haul brings a crowd to Chatfield Farms

    Fittingly, there were pumpkins – and pumpkin puns — aplenty at The Great Pumpkin Haul last Saturday at Chatfield Farms.

  • JCSO addresses high number of school threats

    Local law enforcement addressed threats at schools during each of the first four weeks of the school year, Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said.

    Shrader presented the third-quarter 2017 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ Oct. 24 meeting, stating that several Jeffco schools received threats that required investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.