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Close up view from the porch of a resident near Johnstown that is one of eight appellants in a land use case against Weld County involving Martin Marietta.  Martin Marietta lost the appeal. Photo by Sherrie Peif

Martin Marietta loses appeal in Weld County land use case

Neighbors from the beginning felt this was a completely incompatible use of the land. Particularly given there were other nearby choices that would not have had a negative impact. — Dave Kisker, one of the appellants.

Weld County dinged by Internal Revenue Service for improper mileage reimbursement filings

Weld County dinged by Internal Revenue Service for improper mileage reimbursement filings

Hare said the decision to not go back further years was bittersweet, he said in one way it’s better for Weld County taxpayers not to have to pay any more in back taxes and penalties, but on the other hand, Hare said, it means some past commissioners who also took advantage of the practice got away with it.

By Sherrie Peif · November 15, 2017 · 0 comments · debt, Taxes, Top News, Weld County
Controversial land use case in hands of Colorado Court of Appeals

Controversial land use case in hands of Colorado Court of Appeals

“Isn’t the county acting as a judicial officer such as us if we remand something back to the trial court if there has been communication about the case between the counsel and the judge, isn’t that a problem?” Judge Diana Terry asked Weld County Attorney Bruce Barker about ex parte communications between Weld Commissioners and Martin Marietta, the applicant before the county in a land use case .

Photo Courtesy Ellen DeLorenzo. A picture submitted by DeLorenzo as part of the evidence to the IEC shows NCMC Gala in January shows Weld County Commissioner Julie Cozad (fifth from left) and Greg Pickerel (second from right) together at the event.

Independent Ethics Commission does not dismiss complaint on Weld County Commissioner

It could be several months before the IEC makes a final determination. Cozad is up for re-election in 2018 and is being challenged by Johnstown Mayor Scott James for the Republican ticket.

By Sherrie Peif · October 31, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Legal, Politics, Sherrie Peif, Top News, Weld County
Rep. Patrick Neville right and his father Sen. Tim Neville pose with kids touring the State Capitol during the last session. Representative Neville is concerned about the kids in his district if a union-backed slate of candidates are elected to the school board.

Douglas County House Rep. Patrick Neville shares concerns with school board outcome

“Parents in our charter schools have serious worries. I don’t think we (would) ever see another charter school again. — House Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Douglas County.

By Sherrie Peif · October 25, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Education, Elections, Exclusives, Featured, Sherrie Peif, Top News
Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry

Fort Collins voters to decide $150 million gamble in broadband industry

The City’s “plan” thus far is vague, At their May 9 work session they identified the need to spend another $215,000+ on consultants to finish the business plan by year-end. This is after they’ve spent upwards of $300,000 on consulting. With an investment this hefty, you’d think we’d have a detailed plan.” — Sarah Hunt, Fort Collins resident.

By Sherrie Peif · October 23, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Business/Economy, debt, Economy, Ft. Collins, Sherrie Peif, TABOR, Taxes, Top News
Teachers Association kicks in another $300,000 to Douglas County campaign; $600,000 total

Teachers Association kicks in another $300,000 to Douglas County campaign; $600,000 total

In recent weeks, Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids have been mailing full color fliers spotlighting their candidates. They have now received $700,000 from pro-union groups.

By Sherrie Peif · October 20, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Douglas County, Education, Elections, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif, Top News
A mailer that has gone out has been paid for with National Union money

Douglas County “Dream Team” candidates get dream support via $300,000 from National Teachers Union

They have also gone so far to say that Douglas County would not see union spending like what Jefferson County Public Schools saw roll in during the 2015 election. Yet, that is what has happened. The only thing different from the Jeffco races is that, this time, the union contributions were disclosed just as ballots go in the mail.

By Sherrie Peif · October 17, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Douglas County, Education, Elections, Featured, K-12 Transparancy, Sherrie Peif, Top News
Photo Courtesy Ellen DeLorenzo. A picture submitted by DeLorenzo as part of the evidence to the IEC shows NCMC Gala in January shows Weld County Commissioner Julie Cozad (fifth from left) and Greg Pickerel (second from right) together at the event.

Weld County Commissioner under Independent Ethics Commission investigation

“The standard of non-frivolousness is much lower than finding someone did something wrong,” she said. “They are two really different things.” — Kelly Maher Executive Director of Compass Colorado.

By Sherrie Peif · October 2, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Sherrie Peif, Top News, Weld County
Weld County Council election to cost voters $150K

Weld County Council election to cost voters $150K

“It’s disappointing. It’s clearly irresponsible, but it’s also clearly politically driven and not what the residents of the county probably want.” — Jeffrey Hare, former county council member.

By Sherrie Peif · September 18, 2017 · Comments are Disabled · Elections, Sherrie Peif, Top News, Uncategorized, Weld County

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