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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Building closures for Presidents Day

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In observance of Presidents Day, Arapahoe County administrative buildings will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17.

Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Census 101: How will 2020 Census Data be Used?

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Responses to the census fuel more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year. Arapahoe County relies heavily on these federal dollars to fund and supplement critical programs like Human Services, housing assistance, libraries, ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder unveils new tools and expanded services

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The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s office has rolled out the Qmatic queue management system in its Littleton, Aurora and Centennial offices. This state-of-the-art system is designed to help shorten wait times at County offices, and it expa...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Watch for your ballots this week

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It’s vote time! 

Ballots for the March 3 Presidential Primary are being mailed this week! Be on the lookout for your ballot to arrive by this coming weekend. And, once you’ve voted, track your ballot online at arapahoevotes.com...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 8, 2020

Census 101: What is the Census?

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The U.S Census has counted the population every 10 years since 1790 and this March, the 23rd census will hit your mailbox. Learn why getting an accurate count is so important to Arapahoe County. More at arapahoegov.com/census2020

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

CANCELED: Love is in the air at 17 Mile House Farm Park

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CANCELED: Due to adverse snow conditions, Saturday’s Open House is canceled.

This Saturday, see what Valentine’s Day looked like in the 1800s with vintage valentines, refreshments and family-friendly crafts, including a make-your-own va...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 6, 2020

The County Line: February 2020

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The February issue of The County Line monthly newsletter is out! Catch up on County news including the Open Spaces master plan, volunteer opportunities, the recent oil and gas forums, and proposed changes to the 18th Judicial District. This month&rsqu...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 5, 2020

A Conversation with Commissioner Nancy N. Sharpe

Commissioner Nancy N. Sharpe

Whether you’re new to Arapahoe County or have lived here for many years, you probably know that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. And that growth presents us with unique challenges as we look ahead to 2020 and beyo...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 5, 2020

Commissioner Kathleen Conti: The real costs of unfunded mandates

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When I was a state representative, I was talking one day to the mayor of Littleton and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder. They told me that they were “counting down the days until the legislative session was over.” When I asked wh...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Get involved by applying to one of the County’s boards and commissions

Hands up for volunteering

Every year, Arapahoe County offers its residents and business owners numerous ways to make their voices heard by serving on one of our many citizen boards and committees. Since the majority of these positions expire in February, now is the time to get inv...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

State lawmakers’ proposal would divide the 18th Judicial District

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As the Colorado General Assembly kicked off its 2020 legislative session in January, addressing the bloated 18th Judicial District is on the to-do list.

Early in the session, state lawmakers introduced a bill that would split the 18th into two districts. T...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Open Spaces to update its master plan in 2020

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As 2020 dawns, Arapahoe County’s Open Spaces Program is preparing to update its decade-old master plan. Since the department adopted its current plan in 2010, the County’s population has grown by about 14 percent, which means that our ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

Oil and gas public meetings highlight County’s approach to development

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Arapahoe County hosted a pair of gatherings last month that invited County residents to provide input about the County’s updated plans for oil and gas development. Now the real work begins.

The County is addressing the issue by focusing on the qu...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

We're updating our disaster plan

OEM Survey Spotlight

Blizzards, tornadoes, dam failures. 

Help our Office of Emergency Management make a plan to protect Arapahoe County before disasters strike. Just take our short survey. Visit the Hazard Mitigation Plan web page to learn more about the plan and the...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder addresses error affecting military and overseas voters

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On January 29, 2020, the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s office discovered an error in our UOCAVA ballot delivery, specifically that—as a result of a data entry error in our office—UOCAVA voters who requested delivery of...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

Unaffiliated voters may select a party preference by Feb. 3

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Attention unaffiliated voters!

You may select a party preference for the upcoming Presidential Primary Election on March 3. Your selection must be made by Feb. 3. 

You will then receive your preferred party’s primary ballot. If you do not...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Notice of Voting System Test

Election Information

A required Logic and Accuracy Test of Arapahoe County’s voting system will be held in advance of the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. The test is open to the public to observe.

Wednesday, February 5, 20209 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 27, 2020

A Conversation with Commissioner Nancy Jackson

Commissioner Nancy Jackson

Whether you’re new to Arapahoe County or have lived here for many years, you probably know that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. And that growth presents us with unique challenges as we look ahead to 2020 and beyo...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 24, 2020

Your 17-year-old may be eligible to vote in the March primary

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Parents: Do you have a 17-year old in the house? New this year, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the Nov. 3 General Election may vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary in March.

Colorado’s presidential primary takes place Tuesday, March 3 and ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

Military and overseas voters should check their status

Military members

Are you a U.S. service member or are you living overseas? It’s important to update your status as a Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voter so you can receive and return a ballot by mail, fax or email.  

UOCAVA...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 23, 2020

A Conversation with Commissioner Jeff Baker

Commissioner Jeff Baker

Whether you’re new to Arapahoe County or have lived here for many years, you probably know that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Colorado. And that growth presents us with unique challenges as we look ahead to 2020 and beyo...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 30, 2020

We're updating our disaster plan

OEM Survey Spotlight

Blizzards, tornadoes, dam failures. 

Help our Office of Emergency Management make a plan to protect Arapahoe County before disasters strike. Just take our short survey. Visit the Hazard Mitigation Plan web page to learn more about the plan and the...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 22, 2020

New check-in program lets Arapahoe County seniors know someone cares

Senior Check In

We may be living longer, but not necessarily better. According to studies, 29% of seniors in the United States live alone. Older adults who live alone are more likely to be poor, lonely and socially isolated. That’s why the Arapahoe County Sheri...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Join us for the first Telephone Town Hall of the year on Jan. 30

Telephone Town Hall

Like many local and state governments, our needs continue to grow and our ability to provide services becomes more and more challenging. In 2020, we’re using careful scrutiny and planning to make difficult choices about some of the critical serv...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 17, 2020

Youth Awards Nominations Now Open

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The Arapahoe County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Awards program (ACMCYA) has opened its 2020 contest to nominations. The group of local leaders works with the Arapahoe County Foundation and outside sponsors to award one-time scholarships to high school ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 16, 2020

March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary

March 3 Presidential Primary

On March 3, 2020, Arapahoe County will hold a Presidential Primary election, which will determine the presidential nominees for each political party. All active voters will receive a ballot the week of Feb. 10, 2020. There are recent changes to Colorado&a...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Arapahoe County to Hold Public Forums on Oil and Gas Development

Oil and Gas

When the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 181 this past April, it changed how counties and communities may approach oil and gas development within their borders. The new law prioritizes public health, safety and environmental considerations wh...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Welcome to The County Line

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In the spirit of embracing a new year—and a new decade—the Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners is pleased to introduce The County Line. This monthly newsletter will provide updates from all five commissioners about the work we do in...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Colorado’s “Red Flag” Law

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On January 1, 2020, the state’s Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) took effect and became law. The Colorado General Assembly passed the measure during the 2019 legislative session. It provides the ability for a family, household member or law ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Commissioners Send Concerns about Denver Metroplex Plan to FAA

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The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners (Board) recently sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) outlining objections to the agency’s final plan to reroute airplane traffic throughout the region. The proposal would...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Arapahoe County to Oversee Three Elections in 2020

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On the heels of record-breaking voter participation in the 2019 coordinated election, Arapahoe County—along with all Colorado counties—will administer three more in 2020.

For the first time in two decades the state will host a president...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 8, 2020

Arapahoe County Begins Preparations for 2020 Census

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Every 10 years, all American communities do a head count of their population. Although this may seem like just another government survey, the Census has an important impact on everyone’s daily lives. That’s because the population data ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Byers, CO branch office hours change on Jan. 6

Byers office hours

Beginning Jan. 6 the Byers branch of the Clerk and Recorder's office will be changing hours to provide greater availability to customers during their lunch hour.

The new hours will be:

  • Monday - Friday
  • 7-10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Services Provided at the B...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 29, 2019

Colorado Digital ID available starting December 1

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Starting December 1 Coloradans will be able to use digital IDs on their smartphones. Colorado Digital ID is a secure electronic form of a Colorado driver license or state ID stored within the myColorado app

The app’s newest feature gives residen...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 22, 2019

"Forever family" adoptions bring tears, hugs and stability

adoption ceremony at the Judicial Center

The Arapahoe County District Courthouse is typically a somber, formal government building. But every National Adoption Day, it’s pure fun.

On Wednesday, November 20, parents, children, caseworkers, judges, County officials, and other supporters gathered to...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 24, 2019

Extended repair work at county admin building to begin

Construction at county admin building

Extended repairs to the fire line at the county administrative building (5334 S Prince St, Littleton) are needed and will begin on Monday, Nov. 25. The work is estimated to take about a month.

Although the work is taking place near the public entrance, the...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 22, 2019

Join us for holiday celebrations at 17 Mile House

17 Mile Holiday Celebrations

Open house at 17 Mile House farm park

Saturday, December 79 a.m.–12 p.m.8181 S. Parker Road Centennial, CO 80016

Travelers often bring their holiday traditions with them on the road, and those on the Smoky Hill Trail were no exception. G...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 14, 2019

Innovative use of Jaws-of-Life means repairs take minutes instead of hours

Jaws of life used to repair culvert

Designed to pry or cut the steel from mangled automobiles, we’re probably the only government organization to use the Jaws-of-Life to straighten the crushed ends of steel culverts. Arapahoe County Road and Bridge partnered with Byers Fire Depart...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 12, 2019

17 Mile House barn preservation project completed

17 Mile House Barn

With the help of a $200,000 grant from History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, Arapahoe County Open Spaces has finished a seven-month project designed to stabilize and preserve this historic property.

The 17 Mile House is one of two mile houses in Colora...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 12, 2019

Town Hall with Commissioner Jeff Baker

Town Hall Jeff Baker November 14

You have questions, and we have answers! This month, Commissioner Jeff Baker welcomes Arapahoe County Assessor PK Kaiser and Clerk and Recorder Joan Lopez for a Town Hall Meeting in Bennett.

Thursday, Nov. 146:30-8 PMEastern Service Center4405 S. CR 129Ben...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Arapahoe County statement regarding Ballot Measure 1A

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The Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners and Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown released the following statements regarding Ballot Measure 1A:

Board of County Commissioners: “While we are disappointed in the outcome of this ballot measure, the Board of ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Commissioner Nancy Sharpe participates in national joint task force

Nancy N. Sharpe

Earlier this month, Arapahoe County Colorado Commissioner Nancy Sharpe joined fellow county leaders from across the country for an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. The meeting of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and National Sheriffs’ Association ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: August 30, 2019

Commissioners lend their voices to anti-opioid efforts

Bill Holen

In the last three decades, prescription pain pill addiction has become a serious medical crisis-turned-overdose crisis that has led to the premature deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. In Arapahoe County alone, nearly 500 residents died last yea...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: August 7, 2019

Citizen-led county taskforce recommends replacing detention center

taskforce recommends replacing jail

An Arapahoe County citizen task force has agreed that securing a new county jail should be a priority for the county, along with providing expanded programming to help lower recidivism rates and offer more help for inmates who are experiencing mental and ...

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Arapahoe County News
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Property tax statements have arrived

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Arapahoe County has begun mailing 2019 tax statements to all property owners. Residents should receive their statements by February 1.

“The Arapahoe County Treasurer’s Office serves as the single point of property tax collection for mor...

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