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Local News

  • County kicks off budget discourse

    Budget talks are underway in Jefferson County.

    Currently, the county is proposing a base budget with revenues of $475.8 million and expenditures of $535.1 million. The proposed base is meant to “simply serve as a starting point or base from which subsequent requests and decisions will be made,” said Jeffco budget manager Dan Conway.

    Initial numbers are down from the 2019 approved budget of $586.4 million.

  • Elk Creek Fire Protection District to go for mill levy increase

    Elk Creek Fire Protection District is putting an initiative on the ballot in the November election that could increase property taxes and offset some of the financial challenges the district has been facing.

  • Spero addiction recovery center looking to rezone properties

    The owners of the Spero addiction recovery center proposed for the former Basecamp on Buffalo Park Road are planning to rezone the property to allow the center to operate.

  • Board denies parking waiver for proposed restaurant in downtown Evergreen

    The former NAPA Auto Parts building in downtown Evergreen may not have a chance to become a restaurant because of parking issues.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment voted 4-1 on Aug. 7 to deny a request from owners Judy and Ken Jeronimus for a variance to allow them to modify the requirement that the proposed restaurant must have 43 parking spaces. Board member Joseph Jehn dissented.

  • Board allows home on infill property in Forest Heights

    Despite protests from neighbors, a home can be built on a triangular-shaped lot at 4901 S. Amaro Road in Evergreen’s Forest Heights subdivision.

    The Jefferson County Board of Adjustment unanimously voted on Aug. 7 to allow a variance for Douglas Small of Golden to build a house, even though the lot is smaller than zoning regulations require. Jeffco staff had recommended approving the request to allow a lot size of 14,227 square feet when 17,400 square feet is required.

    If residents want to appeal the decision, they must file a lawsuit in court.

  • One killed, two injured in three-vehicle crash

    One person died while two others were transported with injuries on Aug. 7 after a fatal car accident on U.S. 285 near Richmond Hill that closed both sides of the highway.

    Bernard Bell, 70, of Cortez died at the scene as the result of his injuries. Another person was uninjured.

    According to Trooper Gary Cutler with the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the three-vehicle crash came in at 5:06 p.m. The accident involved three Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks.

  • County briefs

    County extending Partners in Energy program

    Jefferson County is extending its relationship with Xcel Energy through the Partners in Energy program.

    The initial agreement, approved in April 2017, expired last September. Because of the success of the Energy Action Plan, Xcel agreed to continue the partnership.

  • News briefs

    Arraignment set for Conifer man arrested in connection with shooting

    The 38-year-old man arrested July 9 in connection with an early morning shooting in the 25000 block of Snyder Avenue in Aspen Park will return to court in September for arraignment.

    Michael Kessler faces a felony charge of second-degree assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment. During a disposition hearing on Aug. 8, a judge bound the case over to district court, and Kessler will enter a plea on Sept. 16.

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  • Mother receives probation for I-70 crash that killed daughter

    A Westminster mother who caused the August 2018 Interstate 70 crash that killed her 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to three years in the Jeffco jail work release program as well as three years of probation.

    Samantha Maestas, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges in June, including vehicular homicide-DUI and child abuse resulting in death, both class  3 felonies. Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the DA's Office, clarified that the work release and the probation sentences will not be served simultaneously.