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Today's News

  • West Metro Fire seeks approval for 24% tax increase

    Residents of the West Metro Fire Protection District are being asked to approve a 24 percent tax increase in May’s election, along with voting for four board seats up for election.

    The 3-mill increase is being sought to ease some of the financial strains the department has experienced since the recession in 2009, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

  • Inter-Canyon incumbent Reddy seeks third term

    Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Inter-Canyon Fire board President Mike Reddy never intended to run for a third term. He had served two four-year terms and was ready to step down. 

    That was until the theft and embezzlement of more than $647,000 by former fire chief David MacBean came to light last year.

  • Berry running for sheriff as independent

    John Berry will continue his campaign for Jeffco sheriff as an independent, after not receiving enough support to make the Republican primary ballot. 

    Berry received a little more than 9 percent of the vote from delegates at the Jeffco GOP’s County Assembly on March 22. To make the June 24 primary ballot, Berry needed at least 30 percent of the vote, said Bill Tucker, chairman of the Jeffco Republicans.  

  • Members of Jeffco pot task force selected

    The list of Jeffco residents who will serve on the county’s marijuana task force will be finalized this week. 

    The county commissioners are set to approve appointments to the task force on their consent agenda during a meeting April 15.

    Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation, said the 10 members were selected out of 31 viable candidates. Selections were made to provide balanced views on retail marijuana sales. 

  • Three horses seized in Morrison

    Jeffco sheriff’s deputies seized three malnourished horses Saturday at a property in Morrison.

    A veterinarian found the horses to be in poor condition and to have significant health issues, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The horses were taken to a horse rescue facility. 

    The identity of the horse’s owner has yet to be released. The property where the horses were seized is in the 17000 block of Forest Avenue.

  • Jeffco ‘tank’ gets 15 minutes of fame

    A picture labeling the Jeffco Sheriff Office’s armored personnel carrier a “tank” became a hot topic online last week.

    A disc jockey named Willie B on 106.7 KBPI posted a picture of the armored personnel vehicle on his Facebook account April 9 with the caption, “… They gotta Tank!! I’m absolutely sure this is to protect us and serve us … right?” 

    The post was shared on Facebook more than 1,200 times and made its way onto the social media site Reddit. 

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Third-ranked Chargers unleash long ball in a 17-3 rout of Mullen

    Nick Chamberlain and Blake Moore drove in four runs each — both hitting homers — and Chatfield broke out for 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 17-3 win over Mullen on April 12.
    Brennan Gaber also homered for the third-ranked Chargers, who improved to 11-0 on the season.
    Jake Carstensen scored three times and Patrick Barder struck out six in the complete-game victory.

  • Rebels still finding their way

    LAKEWOOD — Alex Befus is in her first season coaching the Columbine Lady Rebels’ lacrosse program, and the learning curve has been a steep one. But Columbine is still plugging away, just like it did against fifth-ranked Cherry Creek on April 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • McMinimee, defense put up a wall vs. Mullen

    DENVER — It’s easy to notice the likes of Kendra Lanuza, Shelby Piper and Rachael Walker when talking about catalysts for Chatfield Lady Chargers’ girls lacrosse team. After all, they’ve combined to score 101 goals already this season. But Chatfield’s defense has more than held its own as well.

  • Lady Chargers stay on track in 5A Jeffco

    The first time Grace Koza and Madison Vanosdoll met this season at the Western Slope Invitational, they didn’t know what to expect. The pace of playing at No. 1 singles was unlike anything they’ve faced before.
    But the experience was a good one, even if Koza dominated on the scoreboard. It allowed Chatfield and Columbine’s No. 1 singles players to not just gain some camaraderie with each other, but it served as a feeling-out process for the rematch April 11 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.