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Why George Brauchler believes Polis was wrong to reduce trucker’s sentence

On December 13, District Court Judge Bruce Jones sentenced truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to 110 years in prison for the death of four people who died instantly when the out-of-control truck containing lumber that Aguilera-Mederos was driving lost its brakes and crashed into stopped traffic on Interstate 70 near Colorado Mills on April 25, 2019. …

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GV Public Works Department wins three APWA awards

In a ceremony at Greenwood Village City Hall on December 6, GV Public Works Director Jeremy Hanak was presented with plaques from the American Public Works Association (APWA) for three public works projects by APWA Colorado Chapter PresidentMichael Martin.  The first was for a digital age approach for capital projects and right-of-way permits in the …

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GV finally decides how it will regulate ground-mounted solar energy systems…and it’s complicated – Part 4 in a series

After ten meetings over 12 months on the subject of regulating ground-mounted solar panels at homes in Greenwood Village, on December 6, the city council passed on final reading an ordinance describing how its residents may install such systems on their property going forward. One of the requirements is that the total surface area (length …

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Common Sense Institute analyzes the state budget over time

It has become an annual tradition for the Common Sense Institute to analyze the way our state government allocates its resources from year to year. These charts show that, over the past 14 years, the total operating appropriations for all state departments have increased by 110% while the amount allocated to Health Care Policy and …

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A gate and fewer larger lots are proposed for The Crossings in GV

A preliminary application to re-plat the 31.9 acres comprising The Crossings subdivision in GV, which is zoned R-2.5 (two and one-half acres or more each), has been submitted for review to the City of Greenwood Village. It seeks to reduce the number of lots on the property from 11 to six. The development is on …

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GV Arts and Humanities Council plans $97K Cultural Arts Program for 2022

Last spring, the volunteer Greenwood Village Arts and Humanities Council (AHC) developed a comprehensive survey to find out what types of cultural arts activities GV residents were most interested in. It was sent to all GV households; 713 responses were received. Some of the comments residents made on their surveys included, ““The Curtis Center is …

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Update on Quincy Farm and the Cherry Hills Land Preserve

After several stops and starts, Cherry Hills Village decided during the summer that it would not consider transferring the title to Quincy Farm (QF), the 17.5-acre property at 4400 E. Quincy Avenue that was formerly a working farm, bequeathed to CHV in 2016 by Catherine “Cat” Anderson. As a result, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve …

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FEMA program to reimburse funeral expenses for families of COVID-19 victims remains open

The United States Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA) is asking that all Americans be reminded that the federally funded financial assistance for funeral expenses for COVID-19 victims remains open and available.  This program is for families of those who died as a result of contracting COVID—19. To be eligible for reimbursement, family members must have …

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Masks are now required in indoor spaces in Arapahoe County

Although Governor Polis has focused on finding 500 additional hospital beds for use in our state’s acute care hospitals rather than instituting a statewide mask order, on November 22, Tri-County Health Department (TCHD), representing Arapahoe and Adams counties, voted five to one to require the wearing of masks in most indoor settings effective “November 24, …

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Federal government announces $10 million grant to Colorado for travel, tourism and outdoor recreation

On November 8, the United States Department of Commerce announced that Colorado has been granted $9,683,928 to accelerate travel, tourism and outdoor recreation. The grant is targeted at helping businesses in these industries recover from the hard-hitting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nationwide, grants totaling $314 million were awarded. According to the Commerce Department, “These …

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