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    A case with layers

  • Small wildfire in Waterton Canyon contained

    A small fire near the Maxwell Hills subdivision that spurred an evacuation notice Monday afternoon is 100 percent contained, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The wildfire was near the intersection of Elk Mountain and Kuehster roads, said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for Inter-Canyon Fire-Rescue.

    The Bear Gulch Fire was burning on less than an acre Monday afternoon. Hatlestad said the blaze was in a remote area that took six hours for firefighters to hike to.

  • Littleton council hires law firm

    The search for Littleton’s new city attorney is over. 

    The City Council reached an agreement with Ken Fellman from the law firm of Kissinger and Fellman to provide legal services for the city. Fellman will replace former city attorney Kirsten Crawford, who resigned in February. 

    Council member Bruce Stahlman said he thought Kissinger and Fellman’s experience with both the public and private sector would serve the city well.

  • Littleton voters will be asked to approve lodging, marijuana taxes

    Voters in Littleton will decide in November whether the city may tax marijuana sales and hotel stays.

    The City Council voted June 11 to put the two sales-tax proposals on the Nov. 5 ballot. It is considering asking voters to set the rates at 3 percent, but it will study the issues further to determine the final proposed tax rates. 

    While the marijuana sales tax was put on the ballot by a unanimous vote, the proposed lodging tax was approved 4-3.

  • EDC seeks to ‘borrow’ county employee

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has officially launched its $3.9 million Forward Jeffco initiative to bring more businesses to the county — and with it came another new pitch to the Jeffco commissioners for more support.

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    He left no plastic stone unturned

  • County commissioners enact moratorium on retail marijuana shops

    Jeffco has decided to put the brakes on retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The county commissioners voted 3-0 on June 18 to prohibit any retail marijuana businesses from setting up shop. The ban includes retail sales and growing operations, along with testing and packaging facilities.

  • Emergency notification system worked well, Sheriff’s Office says

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is more than happy with how its new emergency notification system, CodeRED, performed during the Bluebell Fire.

    The emergency calls had a successful connection rate of 84 percent, said Mark Techmeyer, sheriff’s spokesman. He said a connection rate of about 60 percent is considered acceptable nationally. 

    “We really couldn’t be more pleased,” Techmeyer said. “When you’re looking at 84 percent, it really went well.”

  • Littleton’s Election Commission eyes ‘approval voting’ plan

    The Colorado Coalition for Approval Voting is asking Littleton to change its voting system for municipal positions to make it possible for a voter to “approve” several candidates for an office.

    The coalition, led by Frank Atwood, made a presentation to Littleton’s Election Commission last week.

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.

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