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Spark Centennial Placemaking Program earns DRCOG Metro Vision Award

Submitted by Allison WitterIn – Communications Director City of Centennial Spark Centennial, a program launched by the City of Centennial to reinvigorate area shopping centers through innovative events and projects, has been selected for a 2021 Metro Vision Award by the Denver Regional Council of Governments. DRCOG presented the honor at a virtual awards ceremony …

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Douglas County residents support Commissioner Lora Thomas

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Last week, we reported that Douglas County Commissioners Abe Laydon and George Teal had sent a letter to the third member of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Lora Thomas, on April 23 informing her that they had voted to remove her as chair and that Laydon was now …

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Arapahoe Clerk Joan Lopez asks BOCC to ban open carry in public buildings

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On April 27, Arapahoe County Clerk Joan Lopez and Cheryl Ternes, the county’s human services director, appeared in front of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to speak about potential security enhancements at county facilities. Arapahoe County Attorney Ron Carl explained that the impetus for the meeting was a …

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Douglas County Commissioners’ bickering leads to a verbal free-for-all

On April 23, a letter was sent to Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas, who has served in that role since 2016, informing her that “the Board of Douglas County Commissioners (BOCC), at a posted work session on April 19, 2021, decided to terminate your role as Chair of the Board, effective immediately.” The letter was …

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Arapahoe Sheriff’s Chief Jared Rowlison receives military group award

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On April 20, the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) presented the Patrick Henry Silver Medal award to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Detention Administration Bureau Chief Jared Rowlison. Greenwood Village Mayor Emeritus Ron Rakowsky nominated Rowlison for the award for his service to the community and his performance …

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Douglas County fires Tri-County Health board rep

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER On April 14, the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners sent a letter firing Marsha Jaroch, a nurse practitioner who had been a Douglas County representative on the Tri-County Public Health Department (TCHD) board since 2015 and was supposed to serve until 2025. The letter said that Jaroch was …

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Crow, Froelich, and Sullivan provide legislative update

BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER In a town hall meeting on April 17, U.S. Rep. Jason Crow and area state Reps. Meg Froelich and Tom Sullivan provided an update on current legislation in Washington D.C. and at the general assembly. Crow said the most important federal bill pending is H.R. 1, which expands voter …

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Coloradans have received 1.2 million vaccinations

BY FREDA MIKLIN GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER Statewide, 844 providers have administered 1,178,197 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, split evenly between manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, as of February 21. Individually, 797,634 Coloradans have received at least the first dose of the vaccine and 379,144 of those people have gotten both. Although the U.S. Census Bureau tells us …

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