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Officials euthanize mountain lion found in downtown Evergreen

A mountain lion found in downtown Evergreen on Monday afternoon after it killed a small dog has been euthanized because it was emaciated, and wildlife authorities believed it wouldn’t survive the winter.

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Controlled burn planned in Indian Hills on Monday

There will be a controlled burn with an air curtain burner in the upper end of the Indian Hills valley on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. if there is enough snow still on the ground.

Smoke will be visible from Genesee, Evergreen, Lookout Mountain, Parker and the West Denver metro area, according to Indian Hills Fire Chief Emery Carson.

Anyone with questions can contact the Indian Hills Fire Department at 303-697-4568.


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Evergreen man killed in a shooting in Aurora

By Deborah Swearingen

A 32-year-old Evergreen man died in Aurora on Oct. 31 after he reportedly jumped in front of a bullet to save his wife. 

When Aurora police arrived on scene, they found Jacob Clymer suffering from a gunshot wound. According to a press release, Aurora officers performed live-saving measures before transporting Clymer to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 


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EPRD voters defeat bond, mill-levy questions — for now

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Votes are still being counted in Jefferson County, and as of noon Friday, the Evergreen Park & Recreation District was 241 votes away from getting a proposed mill-levy increaseand 324 votes away from getting a bond measure passed.

Rec district officials are hoping for a miracle – that the vote will still go their way.

As of noon Friday, 7,083 people voted against and 6,842 people voted for 6C, a proposal to increase property taxes by 2 mills for operational expenses.


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Dahlkemper set to unseat Francone in Jeffco commissioners race

By Deborah Swearingen

Unofficial results show Lesley Dahlkemper defeating Tina Francone in the race for the sole available seat on the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners.

Dahlkemper, a Democrat, will represent District 3, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County, including Littleton, Ken Caryl, Morrison, Conifer and part of Evergreen. She will replace Francone, a Littleton resident and Republican who was appointed to the seat earlier this year by a GOP vacancy committee after Commissioner Don Rosier stepped down.


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With the help of new votes, Jeffco Public Schools is successful on both ballot initiatives

By Deborah Swearingen

As more votes are counted, it appears there has been a shift in fate for Jeffco Public Schools. 

While it initially appeared that one of the school district's two ballot measures failed in Tuesday's election, it is now looking as though Jeffco might pull out a victory on both. 

Unofficial results, updated around 11 p.m. Nov. 9, indicate both ballot measure 5A and ballot measure 5B will pass. The first is $33 million mill levy override, while the second is a $567 million bond.  


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Story chosen for SD 16

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Democrat Tammy Story has been chosen by voters to serve in Senate District 16, beating incumbent Republican Tim Neville for the spot.

Story received 55.34 percent of the vote, 35,061 votes, compared with Neville’s 42.09 percent, or 26,668 votes. Libertarian James Gilman garnered 2.57 percent, or 1,629 votes.

Story, a Conifer resident, previously told the Courier that she wants to focus on improving public education, transportation infrastructure and environmental protection.


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Cutter wins in House District 25 race

By Deb Hurley Brobst

Democrat Lisa Cutter has won the House District 25 race over Republican Steve Szutenbach.

Cutter took 52.51 percent of the vote, or 20,016 votes, compared with 47.49 percent for Szutenbach, or 18,100 votes. 

House District 25 encompasses the vast majority of Jefferson County, including unincorporated Southwest Jeffco, Evergreen and Conifer.


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Fire districts successful in Gallagher-related initiatives

By Deborah Swearingen

In a strong statement against the Gallagher Amendment, preliminary results show that the ballot initiatives presented by all South Jeffco and mountain-area fire protection districts will pass.

West Metro, Inter-Canyon, Evergreen and Indian Hills fire protection districts all went for some version of “de-Gallagher-ization,” with Inter-Canyon also asking residents for a 3-mill property tax increase. While results are not yet official, all initiatives are poised to pass with ease.


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