The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners on Monday received a prolonged standing ovation from nearly 70 people who oppose the construction of a high-definition digital broadcast tower on Golden's Lookout Mountain, following the board's unanimous decision not to enter into a final settlement agreement proposed by the consortium of Denver TV stations.

After accepting nearly two hours of passionate public testimony from a packed hearing room, the commissioners rejected what they characterized as a "final offer" from the Lake Cedar Group - an association of channels 4, 7, 9, and 20 - to end all court actions preventing the association from constructing a single digital tower on the mountain.

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Jeffco Rejects 'final offer' on digital tower
February 6, 2007 - Rocky Mountain News

GOLDEN - The Jefferson County commissioners Monday unanimously rejected a settlement agreement from a broadcasters' group planning to build a digital transmission tower atop Lookout Mountain.

"Not only no, but fill in the blank, no, " said Commissioner Jim Congrove after listening to two hours of public comment opposing the agreement, which would nearly eliminate county jurisdiction over the tower and the future addition of more towers.

The Lake Cedar Group, a consortium of Denver broadcasters, including CBS 4, Denver's 7, 9News, and Channel 20, is building a 730-foot tower to offer high-definition broadcasts by 2009.

"We are disappointed that the county didn't accept the settlement, but we are proceeding with building, full speed away," Marv Rockford, spokesman for the Lake Cedar Group, said after the hearing.

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Lookout tower flap to return to court
February 5, 2007 - The Denver Post

GOLDEN - A proposed settlement on a digital TV broadcast tower was sharply rejected by Jefferson County commissioners Monday, despite a new federal law that trumps local land-use authority on Lookout Mountain.

"Not only no, but fill-in-the-blank no," Commissioner Jim Congrove said of the unanimous vote that brought an applauding crowd to its feet.

The issue appears headed for District Judge Brooke Jackson's court Monday.

Lake Cedar Group - a consortium of local TV stations 4, 7, 9, and 20 - has asked Jackson in light of the new law to dismiss a zoning challenge filed by the city of Golden and the homeowner opponent group Canyon Area Residents for the Environment.

The commissioners charged originally with ruling on the rezoning have countered by offering the terms of a 2003 rezoning agreement approved by the previous board.

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Officials urge Bush to veto plan for tower
December 19, 2006 - Rocky Mountain News


GOLDEN - Two Jefferson County commissioners want President Bush to veto an eleventh-hour bill that would allow television broadcasters to install digital transmitters on a new tower atop Lookout Mountain.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., and co-sponsored by Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., was approved about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 8 as Congress was heading home for the holidays.

Commissioners Jim Congrove and Dave Auburn wrote the president to say they believe passage of the bill was "a violation of (the) oath of office" taken by members of Congress to uphold the Constitution.

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