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Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director Dawn Comstock resigns

Jefferson County Public Health Director Dawn Comstock has resigned.  Comstock offered her resignation during a closed-door Board of Health meeting on Monday. Board members voted unanimously to accept Comstock’s resignation. The special Board of Health meeting was held almost entirely in executive session outside of public view. The vote was taken in open session. Board President […]

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Southeastern Colorado struggles to attract home builders. Now federal stimulus will help add 127 homes.

Between the state and private prisons, the sheriff’s office, schools and a growing cannabis cultivation industry, there are plenty of workers who could make Crowley County their home.  Except there aren’t enough places for them to live. And, as the supply of houses and apartments has declined in the rural county east of Pueblo, few […]

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Jefferson County judge sets hearing to reconsider trucker’s 110-year sentence

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press GOLDEN — A truck driver sentenced to 110 years for an explosive crash that killed four people in suburban Denver moved a step closer Monday to potentially having his prison term reduced. Judge Bruce Jones scheduled a hearing for Jan. 13 to reconsider Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence following widespread outrage […]

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How Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ sentence could be shortened by the court, and the power Colorado’s governor has to intervene

The 110-year prison sentence imposed on Rogel Aguilera-Mederos for causing a fiery Interstate 70 wreck west of Denver that killed four people has stoked international outrage and prompted calls for Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ to intervene.  Jefferson County prosecutors have filed a motion asking the court to reconsider the sentence, which could change the penalty […]

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4,000 cars, one exit: Residents in growing neighborhoods worry their new neighbors could crowd wildfire escape routes

CONIFER — A fire chief warning county officials in all-caps that he would be “UNABLE TO PROTECT” a proposed housing complex might have sounded like its death knell.  But in this mountain community west of Denver, the developer decided instead to file a lawsuit seeking a court-ordered takeover of the Elk Creek Fire Protection District.  […]

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Adams, Arapahoe and Jefferson counties will have indoor mask mandates starting Wednesday

Facing the possibility that the current COVID-19 surge could breach Colorado’s hospital capacity, the public health agency for Adams and Arapahoe counties Monday issued a new indoor mask mandate through at least the end of the year. Also Monday, Jefferson County Public Health’s board voted 4-1 to pass a new ordinance to require people ages […]

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More competition means more spending in Colorado school board elections this year

More cash is flowing into Colorado school board contests this year than in previous election cycles as teacher unions, charter school advocates and wealthy individual donors open their purse strings to influence closely contested races across the state. The spending is part of a national trend of contentious school board elections, super-charged by COVID-19, the […]