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Today's News

  • What we can learn from John McCain

    I believe that a leader must be about more than conducting the day-to-day business of the organization he or she leads. A true leader stands for the principles and traditions that bind us to that organization and cause us to be proud of being part of something unusually good and worth supporting.
    I recently was reminded of the words of Sen. John McCain when he was nominated to be the Republican candidate for president.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • Szutenbach highlights transparency in HD 25 bid

    Steve Szutenbach didn’t expect to be running for public office this fall. In fact, a month ago, the U.S. Air Force veteran was busy assisting state Sen. Tim Neville with his re-election campaign in Senate District 16, which covers Littleton, Conifer and Evergreen.

  • Jeffco Schools puts $600 million bond and mill package on ballot

    Taxpayers will see a $600 million ask from Jeffco Public Schools on the ballot this November after the school board voted last week in favor of pursuing a $567 million bond issue and a $33 million mill levy override this fall.
    In a decision that came after more than an hour of public comment Aug. 23 and applause from meeting attendees, board members said the ballot measures were long overdue and called upon voters to invest in their local schools by voting for them.

  • 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.