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  • 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.

  • Jeffco Schools puts $600 million bond and mill package on ballot

    Taxpayers will see a $600 million ask from Jeffco Public Schools on the ballot this November after the school board voted last week in favor of pursuing a $567 million bond issue and a $33 million mill levy override this fall.

    In a decision that came after more than an hour of public comment Aug. 23 and applause from meeting attendees, board members said the ballot measures were long overdue and called upon voters to invest in their local schools by voting for them.

  • Platte Canyon Fire puts question on November ballot

    The Platte Canyon Fire Protection District is joining a number of other fire districts in placing a mill levy question on the November ballot in hopes of offsetting projected revenue losses associated with the Gallagher Amendment.

    Formally approved by the Platte Canyon fire board on Aug. 14, the ballot question seeks permission from voters to allow the district to annually adjust its mill levy “so that in future years the district’s revenue is not reduced from refunds, abatements and changes in the ratio of valuation for assessment.”

  • Wegener cites severance pay as part of withdrawal of resignation

    Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener has rescinded his resignation from earlier this month, citing compensation concerns as his primary reason.

    In a phone call Thursday, Wegener said that following his resignation, he unsuccessfully attempted to obtain six months of severance pay for Undersheriff Dave Wohlers and Capt. Dan Muldoon — both of whom were set to exit the Sheriff’s Office in tandem with Wegener’s planned departure Sept. 5.

  • Suspects in January bar fight in Pine Junction arraigned

    The two men accused of assaulting a father and endangering his then-4-year old daughter at a Pine Junction bar in January were arraigned Aug. 20 in Jefferson County court.

    Devon Lee Premer of Arvada and Joel Michael Wilson of Evergreen are each facing one felony count of assault in the first degree, one felony count of assault in the second degree, one misdemeanor count of child abuse and one crime of violence count — a sentence enhancer that would allow a judge to give them each a lengthier sentence if convicted.

  • EFPD moving forward with possible land purchase

    The Evergreen Fire Protection District is moving ahead with a possible land purchase that could replace Evergreen Fire/Rescue’s Station 1 on Highway 73. At a special meeting of the Evergreen fire board on Monday, board members approved a request to appropriate $1.5 million from the district’s Station 1 reserve fund for the purpose of moving on one or two properties the district is interested in.