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  • Grassfire at Red Rocks extinguished

    Firefighters from West Metro Fire are mopping up at Red Rocks Friday afternoon after a lightning strike ignited a small grassfire near the concert venue.

    According to Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire, the fire burned about 1 ½ acres and led to the temporary closure of the entrances to Red Rocks Amphitheatre before it was extinguished at 5 p.m.

    While the department requested assistance from Evergreen Fire/Rescue, Scholting said West Metro was ultimately able to tackle the blaze on its own.    

     

  • Three wildfires burning near Pine

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, and the North Fork and Platte Canyon fire departments responded to three wildfires burning near Pine on Thursday.

    According to Joe Burgett, Platte Canyon assistant fire chief, the fires are on U.S. Forest Service land. 

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  • EPRD going for $24 million bond

    Evergreen Park & Recreation District constituents will decide this November whether to pass a $24 million bond to fund major repairs and enhancements throughout the district, and building a gym and additional pool space at Buchanan Recreation Center.
    On Aug. 21, the EPRD Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve having two questions on the ballot — the bond and a corresponding mill levy override.
    If passed, the district will sell bonds for $23.86 million, and the revenues would go toward funding:

  • Property-tax question set for Indian Hills Fire

    An Aug. 22 meeting made it official: Voters in Indian Hills Fire Protection District will face a ballot question in the November election.

    Similar to the initiative being put forth by the Evergreen Fire Protection District, the question Indian Hills voters should expect to see will protect the fire district from the effects of the Gallagher Amendment.

    If approved, the question Indian Hills board members unanimously backed will allow the district to adjust its mill levy to compensate for a lower residential assessment rate.

  • 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.

  • Szutenbach highlights transparency in bid for HD 25

    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.