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  • 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?

  • Attendees enjoy the artwork, music and food at the annual Fine Arts Festival

    The grove at Hiwan Heritage Park was alive with colorful artwork, toe-tapping music, and tasty food and drink last weekend.

    The Evergreen Artists Association’s 52nd annual Fine Arts Festival was once again a hit — with beautiful weather to accent the paintings, ceramics, photographs, sculptures, clothing, leatherwork and more. Thousands strolled among the booths of artwork and sat in the grove to listen to musicians. Several artists painted during the event on Saturday and Sunday.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax

    Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county’s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.

    The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county’s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone — both of whom are business owners — felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.

  • Charges still pending in I-70 crash that killed 2-year old

    Charges are still pending in the case of an August crash on Interstate 70 that killed a 2-year old girl and injured three others.

    According to Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office, the DA is still waiting for the Colorado State Patrol to present its investigative findings in the case and has yet to decide about filing charges against Samantha Maestas, 28, of Westminster, the driver believed to have caused the accident.

  • Suspect in El Rancho armed robbery still at large

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a male suspect who held up an Evergreen dry cleaning employee at knifepoint a week and a half ago.

    The suspect, who was described as a white male in his 30s, wearing raggedy camouflage clothing, possibly a tan shirt, a black bandana and a black hat, is believed to have entered a drying cleaning business in the 1000 block of El Rancho Road around 4:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, threatened the clerk with a knife and then left — possibly with cash.

  • 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.