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  • Ken-Caryl Ranch residents to face ballot question

    Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District is asking its residents for an 8-mill property tax increase in large part to offset the impacts of the Gallagher Amendment.

    The Metropolitan District, which oversees recreational programming, parks and playgrounds for residents of Ken-Caryl Ranch, is primarily funded through property taxes and registration fees. Property taxes make up 60 percent of the district’s revenue.

  • Morrison noise ordinance outlines permitting process for amplified sound

    Morrison Town Board approved a new ordinance that outlines a permitting process for those who want to “amplify sound at a stationary source.”

    The ordinance will mostly affect Morrison residents who wish to have a party or event with amplified sound that exceeds what is currently allowed by the town’s noise regulations, according to Town Manager Kara Winters and Town Attorney Gerald Dahl. The ordinance outlines a process for receiving a permit to do so and is not for enforcement.

  • Officials cite work being done on justice center

    According to information presented in a Oct. 2 county commissioners meeting, there were 456 reported cases of felony domestic violence in 2017.

    That is a 28 percent increase since 2016.

    “We’ve got much more work to do,” said Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir regarding the statistics.

  • Suspect in 2017 fatal accident deemed fit to continue

    The man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist was deemed mentally competent and will return to court in February for a motions hearing.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, pleaded not guilty in April to felony charges of leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.

  • CFF awards grants for community wellness

    Over the past two years, the Community First Foundation awarded $1.75 million in grants to various Jefferson County organizations working to improve community wellness.

    According to its website, the Arvada-based nonprofit works to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County by helping donors and nonprofits join forces.

    “Investing in the health of Jefferson County is really important,” said Beth McConkey, director of communications with Community First.

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  • Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery adding new meditation hall

    High on a hill alongside U.S. 285, blanketed in shade, is the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery.

    It’s a peaceful place, the perfect blend of Vietnamese architecture, Buddhist culture and Coloradan beauty. The birds chirp freely; the air is crisp; the trees are plentiful. This is exactly why Abbot Tinh Man chose the space.

    “It’s very peaceful. It’s very light. The energy’s very pure. ... Whenever I go somewhere and come back, I feel refreshed right away,” he said.

  • Jeffco Sheriff’s Office investigating homicide in Morrison

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a death at a Morrison residence as a homicide.

    According a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a home in the 5200 block of Pintail Court in Morrison around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday after receiving reports of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, they found an adult female who had been shot. The female, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, has not been identified pending notification of family.

  • With TANF increase, Jeffco Human Services looks to find balance

    A new state rule requires Jefferson County Human Services to increase the amount of basic cash assistance it provides to families in need.

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