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Today's News

  • Amendments have my vote; what about yours?

    It takes at least two-thirds of the members of both the House of Representatives and Senate to refer proposed constitutional amendments from Colorado’s legislature to its people.  
    In addition to those super majority votes, all of the proposals are subject to a public hearing with testimony from interested members of the public and debate with two votes on the floor of both the House and Senate. With all of those criteria, it’s usually a safe bet that amendments referred by the legislature deserve support.

  • A lot to chew on with ballot questions

    Dr. Jason Glass

  • Three Jeffco Republicans win endorsement from Liberty caucus

    The Republican Liberty Caucus of Colorado has endorsed three Republican candidates running for office in Jefferson County: incumbent state Sen. Tim Neville, who is running for re-election in Senate District 16; Christine Jensen, who is running to replace state Rep. Cheri Jahn, I-Wheat Ridge, in Senate District 20; and Tony Sanchez, who is running to replace state Sen. Andy Kerr in Senate District 22.

  • Teachers union endorses Amendment 73, Jeffco bond/mill package

    The Jefferson County Education Association has publicly announced its support for Jeffco Public Schools’ bond and mill package, as well as Amendment 73 — a statewide constitutional amendment that calls for raising income taxes on those whose annual income exceeds $150,000, raising the corporate tax rate, and changing how property taxes are assessed for schools in an effort to generate $1.6 billion in school funding annually.

  • Jeffco residents urged to maintain septic upkeep

    Jeffco Public Health officials are encouraging mountain area residents with septic systems or onsite wastewater treatment systems to revisit the maintenance of their systems.

    The department is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its annual “SepticSmart Week” Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, wherein the EPA and local health departments provide extra outreach and tips for residents who maintain their own septic systems.

  • Comprehensive plan amendment process underway

    Morrison residents at a Sept. 11 community meeting tended to prefer limiting or altogether restricting growth and development in northwest Morrison.

    In a question about whether northwest Morrison is an appropriate location to accommodate growth, 53 percent said no, while 33 percent said yes, if it’s limited.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire board president resigns

    Inter-Canyon Fire board president Leslie Caimi resigned in August due to a move to Montrose, and resident Mike Swenson was appointed to replace her during the fire protection district’s Sept. 12 meeting.

    Swenson, an Iowa native, now lives in The Homestead in Morrison with his wife, Jan. The couple both graduated from the University of Missouri, where Swenson studied journalism, and lived for many years in Chicago before moving west.

  • Guard pleads guilty to sexual exploitation charges

    The guard accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor at Betty Marler Youth Services Center pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office.

    Sandy Fisher, 25, faces prison time for the guilty plea to felony charges of sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child. He returns to court for sentencing on Nov. 27.

  • Summerset Festival returns for 34th annual summer sendoff

    While Summerset Festival may technically serve as a goodbye to summer, it certainly didn’t feel like it last Saturday at Clement Park.

    The sun was bright, and the temperatures were warm as people gathered for the 34th annual event. The festival, hosted by the Foothills Foundation, is a fundraiser for Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    This year, it featured craft beer tasting, live music from Nothing but Nineties and Halleway, kids entertainment, local business and nonprofit booths, food trucks and much more.

  • Crime briefs

    O’Connor jury trial postponed

    The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a “mental condition evaluation,” according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.