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  • Lookout Mountain woman sentenced in infant’s death

    Bethany Joy Smith, the Lookout Mountain woman accused of killing her 3-month-old son in May 2016, was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty on June 29 to one felony charge of negligent child abuse causing death and one felony charge of first-degree assault.

    Smith, 23 also received a mandatory five-year parole sentence, which she will serve at the end of her sentence.

  • Buyers, sellers both can benefit as real estate market starts to balance

    While the foothills real estate market is still strongly favoring sellers, area agents say it’s slowly beginning to cool — a good thing for both buyers and sellers.

    The market here is moving toward being more neutral, especially for homes priced under $2 million, agents say, with some homes selling within hours while others are on the market for several months — a huge change from three years ago when homes were being snapped up at lightning speed.

  • Aspen Park lots rezoned for mini-storage

    The Jefferson County Commissioners unanimously approved the rezoning of four lots in Aspen Park to allow for mini-storage.
    According to information provided at last week’s public hearing, three of the four lots that make up the 1.66-acre property located at 9529 Davis Ave. in Conifer were rezoned in 1993 to allow for self-storage. The applicant, Richard Larson, recently proposed rezoning all four lots to allow for self-storage under one official development plan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Games, music, food — Canyonfest has everything for families

    The Shatek family — who moved to Kittredge six weeks ago — quickly learned on Saturday what the town is all about.

    They attended the 30th annual Canyonfest in Kittredge Community Park, and immensely enjoyed the games for kids and the live music for adults. Mom Andrea Shatek brought Sammy, 5, to the face painting tent.

    “We normally play at this park,” Andrea said. “This is really cute. It’s a nice thing to donate to and enjoy.”

  • 3 named to Women in Business Hall of Fame

    Three women business leaders in Evergreen were inducted into the inaugural Mountain Area Women in Business Hall of Fame on Friday.

    They are: Peggy Eggers, president of the Center for the Arts Evergreen board of directors; Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn; and Kristin Witt, publisher of Evergreen Newspapers.

    The three were inducted during the annual Women in Business luncheon and chosen from 10 nominees who are high-powered businesswomen in the Evergreen/Conifer area.

  • ‘Funny Girl’ opens at Center Stage

    Whether it’s the song “People Who Need People” or “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” the music of “Funny Girl” is so iconic — and it easily gets stuck in your head.

    Ovation West Musical Theatre is presenting the show through Oct. 7 at Center Stage, with Colleen Lee portraying Fanny Brice. The story is based on the life of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice, her start in vaudeville and burlesque, her romance with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein, and her success on stage and in film.

    Lee called Brice fascinating.