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  • Candidates vying for congressional seats spar at debate

    A congressional debate hosted last Thursday by the Jeffco Liberty Coalition — a conglomerate of several Jeffco Tea Party chapters — pitted five candidates running for Colorado’s various congressional districts against one another.

    The nearly two-hour debate saw them argue about everything from the role of government to gun violence, to Russian meddling in the 2016 election and even the declassification of the FBI’s UFO files.

  • Jury convicts man in kidnapping, robbery of South Jeffco couple

    A man accused of kidnapping and robbing a young couple in South Jeffco last September was convicted by a jury last week of multiple felony charges related to the incident after a six-day trial.

    Jeremy Scott Hackbarth, 34, was found guilty of 10 felony counts on Friday, including kidnapping, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

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  • West Metro contemplating ballot initiative in November

    West Metro Fire Rescue, joining the likes of mountain-area fire protection districts, is contemplating a ballot initiative that could help it avoid the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    If the state residential assessment rate drops from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent next year, as it is predicted to do, West Metro would lose $5 million, according to Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire officially pursuing November ballot question

    During a special meeting Friday, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District officially decided to pursue a property tax increase in the upcoming general election.

    In addition to a 3-mill property tax increase, which results in an additional $7 a month in taxes for a home valued at $400,000, Inter-Canyon voters will face a question about “de-Gallagher-izing” the district. If approved, this ballot measure would lock the district in at its current residential assessment rate of 7.2 percent in an effort to avoid the impact of the Gallagher Amendment.

  • Morrison’s Holiday Bar keeps liquor license

    After a lengthy discussion during its Aug. 21 meeting, the Morrison Town Board agreed to let the Morrison Holiday Bar keep its liquor license without any conditions.

  • Jeffco residents can comment on updates to master plan

    It’s not quite time to update Jefferson County’s comprehensive master plan, but the county planning and zoning department is thinking ahead and including the public in the process.

    When it comes time to update the plan, will changes focus on a specific land use, such as housing or commercial centers? Or will there be a focus on a specific geographic area like South Plains Area Plan, which covers South Jeffco, or the Evergreen Area Community Plan or the Conifer/285 Corridor Community Plan?

  • Eight accused of operating identity theft ring

    Eight people have been indicted on 68 counts of theft, identity theft and more for allegedly operating an identity theft ring in Jefferson County and elsewhere in the metro area between December 2017 and April 2018.

    Four men and four women are accused of operating the ring, which affected at least 26 merchants and 14 victims, according to the indictment. Six of the eight have been arrested, while two suspects — Faith Knight and Dwone Ector — remain at large.

    The following individuals have been arrested:

    • Jacob Westfall, 20.

  • A Little Help connects seniors with neighbors

    Age may bring wisdom, but it can also bring challenges. Luckily, a local nonprofit organization is here to provide “a little help.”

    A Little Help, an organization that connects seniors with neighbors, began in Denver in 2005. Recently, however, it started moving into southern Jefferson County. Volunteers provide rides, conversation and help around the house.

    While rides to appointments are certainly important, the social aspect is arguably even more valuable.

  • Participants decorate rocks to spread kindness

    Recently, while perusing the shelves at a library in Denver, Lisa Fladung found a rock decorated with a thoughtful message.

    It made her day.

    Ultimately, she discovered the rock was part of the Kindness Rocks Project, and Fladung, a patron experience associate at the Columbine Library, decided to host a rock-decorating event at her library so she could reciprocate the kindness she received and involve the community in the process.