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Liam Adams

There’s a divide between diversity in north metro Denver communities and their city councils

About 49% of residents in Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, Northglenn and Westminster are non-white, according to an average of 2020 Census data. Meanwhile, about 18% of members of the various city councils in the north Denver metro area are non-White.

Politics and Government

Adams County opts out of Tri-County’s students mask mandate

The vote followed an anti-mask rally outside the Adams County Government Center in Brighton and a 30-minute discussion among the board that drew raucous responses from the audience

Education

Westminster police union alleges “troubling state” at department as rift lingers after chief’s suspension

One member of police brass responds “hell no” to officers’ push for collective bargaining amid claims of departmental dysfunction, emails show

Crime and Courts

The Denver metro area may be more religiously diverse than you think

Migration patterns uniquely affect the Denver area’s religious makeup

News

Scrutiny intensifies over Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport’s future plans

The airport identified about 200 acres of land where it can develop new facilities to help keep up with future industry demands

Growth

RTD faces backlash after slashing bus service to Adams County courthouse

Adams County officials say "the lack of access to public transit will restrict our ability to increase the quantity of cases heard – and could prove to be counterproductive to our goal of reducing the backlog of cases"

Crime and Courts

Adams County adopts new oil and gas regulations that critics say will effectively ban drilling

Adams is one of the first Colorado counties to adopt new drilling regulations under Senate Bill 181

Energy

Westminster police told the world Armando Valdez Gonzalez stole a bag of cash and assaulted a woman. Except he didn’t.

Attorney blames “jump to judgment” for $11,000 debt and public shaming of a man a yard sale host accused of stealing her bank bag

Crime and Courts

Westminster city councilman will keep his seat after contentious, expensive recall election

Jon Voelz’s victory marks the end of a 10-month-long battle fought between community members over water rates, housing and commercial growth

Politics and Government

Westminster’s elections may be nonpartisan, but partisanship is a big theme in recall contest

The recall election for city Councilor Jon Voelz is happening on Tuesday

Politics and Government

Big money flows into recall election targeting Westminster city councilman

The Colorado Democratic Party and Democratic leaders in the region have come to the aid of the anti-recall group supporting Councilman Jon Voelz

Politics and Government

Westminster water rate compromise hopes fade, perpetuating political battle

The entire council, except for Mayor Anita Seitz, voted against the city’s recommendations to increase water rates in 2022 by 3.9 percent and sewer rates by 5.5. percent at a June 14 meeting

Growth

Thornton reverses Weld County denial of water pipeline. Property owners are not happy.

Growth

Thornton reverses Weld County’s denial of its new water pipeline project

The entire Thornton Water Project is 74 miles long and it will deliver water from a reservoir near Fort Collins, nearly doubling the city's current water supply

News

Thornton will use its status as a utility to overturn Weld County’s denial of its 75-mile water pipeline

Thornton has been fighting to build a 75-mile water pipeline since 2015. Only 6 miles is complete.

Growth

Jury finds second STEM School Highlands Ranch shooter guilty of first-degree murder

The jury made its decision after five hours of deliberation

Crime and Courts

Westminster City Council fails to fill vacant seat after 99 rounds of voting

Since no finalist received a majority vote by council, voters will choose the seventh councilor in November's municipal election

Politics and Government

Thornton sues Weld County commissioners over water-pipeline vote

As Thornton nears its deadline to construct a pipeline from a reservoir near Fort Collins, the quickest and most direct way for the city to get approval for a Weld County pipeline is through the courts

Growth

Douglas County School District’s equity policy keeps drawing parent blowback

A handful of parents even say they are pulling children out of Douglas County School District

Education

Westminster City Council selects its new mayor pro tem after a whopping 78 rounds of voting

Councilor David DeMott received just enough votes early Tuesday for the number two spot on City Council. The dozens of votes reveal deep-seated divisions in town.

Politics and Government