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Politics

  • Bill May, candidate for the EPRD board

    Longtime Evergreen resident and businessman Bill May decided to run for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District board to help promote more local involvement, better represent the south end of the district and "because he just had the feeling that I could help with some things we felt were important." 

    May, 67, is the owner of Farmers Insurance and in 1989 moved his business to Evergreen, where he has an office on Meadow Drive. Before moving to his current home in Evergreen Meadows, he lived in Hangen Ranch.

  • Planning panel member is re-appointed

    Despite concerns about potential conflicts of interest, Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to re-appoint a current Planning Commission member after another member stepped down suddenly.

    The commissioners decided March 15 that Vince Harris will serve out the last two years of the term of Courtney Ahuja, who resigned March 9 because of the demands of a new job. Jeffco’s seven-person Planning Commission makes land-use and planning recommendations to the county commissioners.

  • Polis tackles variety of issues in local appearance

    From the Syrian refugee crisis to the San Bernardino terrorist’s cell phone to Colorado’s caucus-versus-primary debate, Congressman Jared Polis’ question-and-answer session with the Mountain Area Democrats on Saturday covered myriad current events and issues.

    Polis, who is up for re-election this year, told area Dems that November’s results will be pivotal for the party at all levels, and that control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

  • County’s battle with Comcast in reruns

    Jeffco’s battle continues with Comcast over finalizing a change in how the company pays to use its cable lines on county-owned property, with commissioners threatening to temporarily raise access fees until a new deal is signed.

  • GOP picks Teunissen to challenge Tighe

    Delegates chose Frank Teunissen as the GOP candidate for Jeffco commissioner in the District 2 race at the at the Jefferson County Republican assembly on Saturday.

    And Jeffco Commissioner Libby Szabo accepted the nomination as the District 1 Republican candidate.

    If elected, Teunissen said he would serve as “a new conservative commissioner.”

  • Three Dems in contention to challenge Szabo for commission seat

    Jeffco Democrats saw some unusual action at their March 19 county assembly when the names of five county residents were put forward to run for the county commission seat in District 1 against incumbent Republican Libby Szabo. 

  • Election canceled in Indian Hills Fire District

     Indian Hills Fire/Rescue won’t hold a board election this year, as no challengers surfaced for the two seats up for re-election.

    Incumbents Scott Kellar and Paul Pettit will continue as board members for four-year terms starting in May, said Fire Chief Emery Carson.

    Challengers had until Feb. 26 to get on the ballot, and until Feb. 29 to run as a write-in option, Carson said. 

  • Three candidates running for two open seats on EPRD board

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District will hold a polling-place election May 3 to decide two open seats on the five-member board of directors.   

    Eight-year board member Janet Heck Doyle, who served two four-year terms, is term-limited. Andrew Adamowski, who was elected in 2012, is not running for a second term.

    Three people submitted self-nomination forms by the deadline, which was Feb. 26: Doug Lempke, Monty Estis and Bill May. 

  • Area legislators weigh in on state budget priorities

    The Columbine Courier checked in with area lawmakers to learn about their priorities for the state budget and for the rest of the legislative session.

    Weighing in were Republican state Rep. Justin Everett, District 22; Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr, District 22; and Republican state Rep. Tim Leonard, District 25.

    General thoughts on what needs to happen with the state budget?

  • Immigrant kids won’t be housed in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrive in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.