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Home Care In Dacono, CO

Home Care Dacono, CO

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Dacono Memorial gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Dacono, CO is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“We had just started and all of these hospitalizations happened. It would have had a really nice impact we just weren't able to use it for very long. They were great. Their service was wonderful and the communication was great. I was very happy with the kindness and care.”

Don C.

“They do a lot of the things we cannot do ourselves. Everyone we have had has been exceedingly pleasant and easy to get along with.”

Richard C.

“I never had a problem with Always Best Care. My experience was positive because they were attuned to the time with everything I needed to do. If there was a paper I needed to be signed, they were helpful. I don't have any memory problems, but they were very friendly. We laughed and talked. They were just like a best friend who took me where I needed to go. I have always told people about Always Best Care and the people working there. I have referred people. Always Best Care is the best. I like how they were attentive when I called. Laura, she knew exactly what I needed. And the timing, they were perfect about the timing. Always Best Care was attuned to what I needed.”

Marilyn F.

“They are really good with the clients. They are prompt and always on time. They are always on top of everything when we call.”

Mary S.

“They help me to take a day off. They seem to be very caring.”

John C.

“It was essential for her recovery. They're very responsive and work to make sure they have someone here.”

Marilyn W.

“My caregiver helps me with numerous things, like helping me get out of my chair, and driving me places. Everybody is very kind, efficient, and thorough.”

Bruce B.

“They helped in the way they interacted with her. The caregivers were all very friendly and caring.”

Darlene S.

“They are reliable and I can count on them and she is getting excellent care. They have great caregivers and they are matched very well.”

Beverly D.

“The caregivers are friendly and they help around the house. They do our laundry. They do not always tell us which caregivers are coming.”

Debbie R.

“It's helped me get through a lot of difficult periods. I like the quality of the people they send out.”

Patrick T.

“They are helpful for me. Especially the younger girls are so helpful, they volunteer to do things. They're helpful and reliable.”

Kathryn V.

“I've been here going on three years their so flexible I really enjoy working here”

Michelle T.

“They were here for a few hours and always came. Everything was just fine. It was just pricey.”

Jeffrey C.

“When I first came here 10 months ago, Rich couldn't walk. I've never seen a client succeed this far for his age. They are so professional. I would not work with any other company besides ABC.”

Richard ".

“The best employer I have ever worked for. Everyone from the management team and other caregivers are some of the nicest and compassionate people I have ever encountered. They always listen and take care of questions or concerns I may have.”

Jasmine L.

“They have been outstanding. It has not been easy for me since me and my husband have a lot of medical appointments. When we are not able to get a car, they are willing to take us in their car, pick up prescriptions, and pick up groceries for us. They are very professional and look and see what needs to be done. They are very flexible and help wherever they can. They help us when the time is good for us.”

Joyce T.

“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

Madeleine W.

“I’m giving ABC a 5/5 star review because I have been a caregiver with them for 5 months and I absolutely love my job. I enjoy caring for other people and helping those who are in need. Besides work, every time I go into the office to pick up my checks I always feel so welcomed by the staff. They even let me bring my mini aussiedoodle there too! If you’re looking for a job that has a friendly staff, flexible schedule, and rewarding, apply TODAY to Always Best Care Senior Services.”

Madeleine W.

“It leaves me able to get more help as the pandemic calms down. I can get errands done. I like that the caregivers have been with us through the pandemic and they have been stellar. They are very helpful and I feel safe leaving my husband with the caregivers.”

Karen B.

“They were only there for a short time. They made a big difference. They took care of the basic daily needs. They were very good at being responsive to our questions and they provided generally good caregivers.”

Scott G.

“This is a great home care company to work for! They are very sweet and do a lot for their clients and care givers! Nothing but good things to say about them! I saw the reviews and decided to go with them over other companies and it was definitely a great choice!”

Nicole M.

“They sent the caregiver that we wanted them to send. I like the caregivers. They were responsible.”

Kendall M.

“There is not much they can do. They cannot do more than what they are doing now. She never stops serving us. I am very pleased. I like the attitude, they always want to work with you. The person that is here is outstanding.”

Bruce B.

“Great place to work! I've never been happier with a job. The staff is always helpful and compassionate. They are always willing to work with my hectic schedule and do their best to give me the hours I want. Very organized and professional.”

Caitlyn B.

“They help to exercise him and they help with giving him medicines. They provide us some very good care, and good caregivers.”

James ".

“I've been a care giver for 10 years. And just started a month ago with Abc in longmont. I enjoy working for this company. They are so nice and Alway one step ahead of you. If you are looking for work I recommend ABC..”

Michelle W.

“A wonderful group of caregivers managed by an amazing team of supervisors who really care! A perfect choice for your loved ones caregivers who really care about their passions their feelings and their happiness!”

Sunshine S.

“They have helped us the most by providing good services to my mother. I like that they are very responsive.”

Diane K.

“Absolutely love this company! Very good management and communication! ???? would choose this company for my family!”

gabby S.

“Always best care is wonderful! They take care of there clients with immense amount of love and compassion. I’ve worked here for quite some time. I always feel like I can come to them with any discord’s, as they with take care of it diligently. I love the people I work with and I know they care for the clients just as much as I do.”

Sydney B.

“Working for always best care as a caregiver has open my eyes to how important caregiving really is me as well as all my coworkers always go to work we a positive attitude and I can tell everyone enjoys there job by far best working team I been with and there staff are amazing! :)”

maria M.

“Working for Always Best Care has been a joy. As a caregiver I have found fulfillment in what I do. Inga, our owner, and all the amazing staff in the office are truly delightful. We have a great scheduler and amazing care managers to pair the right caregiver with the right client. Always Best Care is a family of phenomenal professionals who care about the emotional and physical welfare of their clients. Communication makes this agency tick. I love it.”

Carolynn K.

“I almost slipped off my shower chair and if Tony was not there I would have been on the floor. They are a reliable company.”

Paula B.

“I’m an elder care provider and have worked for several agencies. ABC is the best. They have a professional orientation and one of their staff always accompanies you to your first visit to introduce you to the client and go over the care plan. Natalie, the lady who does the hiring, is professional and friendly. She makes sure those she hires are qualified. All care givers are occasionally shown educational videos and given periodic quizzes.”

Allie M.

“I have never worked for a company who not only cares about their clients but also care about their employees! Always best care definitely cares for their people ❤️”

Candi F.

“Very professional and caring, with both client's and employees.”

Veronica L.

“Always Best Care is the best! I loved working here. Everyone cares about you and they are very compassionate. As a student, they were able to work with my schedule from part time to full time. They are reliable and great listeners. Natalie was the best! Anyone looking for a job as a caregiver I would highly recommend it here :)”

Deisy F.

“I have worked as a caregiver for over 3 years now, this being the third agency I have worked for. This is by far the best agency I’ve worked for or been around, I would highly recommend them to anyone. As a caregiver, I feel completely supported by all of the office staff and case managers. Communication is a key when it comes to home care, and this office makes that one of their priorities. I’ve never had any issues working for this company. I would recommend them for your family members, or as a caregiver looking for a new job. As a college student they are very flexible with time and accepting of what my needs are.”

Cassidi M.

“Always Best Care was there with caring, knowledgeable staff, ready to meet me and discuss all of the care options available, including in-home care, local facilities, etc. They know their stuff and are kind and patient with great follow-through!”

Jessie H.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Dacono, CO?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Dacono, CO

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Clem Dufour Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Casa Cortes Family Mexican Restaurant or visit Old Town Hall, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Dacono, CO

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Dacono, CO, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CO's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Dacono, CO understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Carbon Valley Senior Center
  • Flatirons Assisted Living in Erie Colorado
  • Charleston Assisted Living
  • Carmel Community Living
  • Gardens Care Senior Living - Coyote Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care
  • Senior Home Referrals
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Dacono, CO 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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15th Annual Dacono Music & Spirits Festival

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The Dacono Music & Spirits Festival, slated for Saturday, August 5, 2023, in the city of Dacono, CO, at Centennial Field, will feature seven bands, including Grammy-nominated act, The Record Company out of Los Angeles, CA.

Joining the headliner, six Colorado-based bands will take the stage throughout the day, including direct support act, The Patti Fiasco, followed by Musketeer Gripweed, 2MX2, Shelvis and the Roustabouts, Eric Golden, and Castle Rockers.

About the bands:

The Record Company: This three-piece act based in Los Angeles, CA, is Grammy-nominated and is categorized as rock. They are influenced by blues musicians John Lee Hooker. Early punk acts like The Stooges and legacy rock bands like The Rolling Stones. Information: Management: [email protected]

The Patti Fiasco: CO/WY-based act, The Patti Fiasco, is a regional favorite fronted by enigmatic lead singer/guitarist Alysia Kraft. The act is a high-energy rock/rockabilly/blues/ballad experience and has shared the stage with national acts such as Bon Jovi and Blondie in recent years, along with Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ben Harper, Cracker, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, among others. Information:

Musketeer Gripweed: This dynamic act is rooted in blues and rock, with a reputation for unforgettable shows. The band has shared the stage with national acts such as Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, The Revivalists, JJ Grey and Mofro, Dead Floyd, Anders Osborn, and many more. Their new album was released in early 2023. Information:

2MX2: LatinX/alternative/hip hop act 2MX2 is a Denver, CO-based band with five members and a new release entitled “Arriba y Abajo.” Co-fronted by Mexico-born/Colorado-raised Owen, aka Roleplay, he is joined by Juice, aka El Tio Hugo, Lolita, Dmd The Producer, and Kenny O. Information:

Shelvis and the Roustabouts: Shelvis and the Roustabouts were voted 2019’s Best Band of Denver by the readers of 5280 Magazine and are an energetic rockabilly/Americana act fronted by Lori “Shelvis” Muha. Focusing on the music of Buddy Holly, Elvis, Johnny Cash, and other American legends, she and the Roustabouts deliver a show full of known music and originals. Information:

Eric Golden: The 2021 Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame Entertainer of the Year, Eric Golden, delivers a honky tonk country music show that’s heavily influenced the Bakersfield County Music sound. Eric Golden is a Denver, CO-based musician. Covers range from Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Hand Williams, George Strait, and more. Information:

Castle Rockers: Youth band Castle Rockers from Castle Rock, CO.

Eagle Rock, Colorado is the Official Beer Sponsor. Fireworks are sponsored by Civitas. Official Sponsors are OXY; SAFEbuilt, United Power; St Vrain Sanitation; TBK Bank; Waste Connections; Timberlan; IMI Speedway, Jerry D’s Bohemian Foundation; Indian Peaks Emergency & Urgent Care

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Two Dacono city councilors face recall over alleged open meeting laws violation

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DACONO, Colo. — Four city councilors in the town of Dacono may have violated open meeting laws on multiple occasions, including when they fired the city manager in February.

Two of those councilors are now facing a recall election in June due to their actions and other allegations that the four councilors met and discussed city business without notifying the public.

Meanwhile, council business in the small Weld County city is nearly at a standstill without a city manager and city attorney, who resigned the day after City Manager AJ Euckert was fired.

“This is embarrassing to our city,” said Mayor Adam Morehead, who opposed Euckert’s firing and called for an investigation into the open meeting laws violations.

City Council started its regular meeting on Feb. 13 by recognizing Euckert for his 20 years of service. But during council reports at the end of the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Kathryn Wittman brought forth a motion to fire the city manager, effective immediately.

Nothing regarding the city manager’s job appeared on the council’s agenda for that meeting, but within seconds the motion was seconded by Councilman Jim Turini and Councilman Danny Long called for a vote. Jackie Thomas was the fourth councilperson to vote in favor of firing Euckert.

Councilors Kevin Plain and Doris Crespo voted against the firing. Morehead only votes to break ties or veto resolutions but does not have the power to veto a motion such as the one used to fire Euckert.

“It was planned, it was coordinated,” Morehead said

Colorado’s open meeting laws prohibit public business from being discussed unannounced without notifying the public.

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Executive Director Jeff Roberts said it appears the actions of the four council people are a violation of the law.

“It certainly looks like four members of the City Council met outside of public view, probably in violation of the open meetings law to make this decision,” he said.

He added that he had also never heard of an investigation into an open meeting law like the one Morehead called for, which was conducted by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

A CBI agent conducted interviews and detailed at least two other cases where those four council people appeared to violate open meeting laws.

Turini told Denver7 Investigates that he did not believe he violated any laws and said there were no plans set in motion to fire Euckert prior to the Feb. 13 meeting.

“The opportunity presented itself and I followed what my citizens have been asking me to do,” he said.

Turini said he voted to fire Euckert for not moving the city forward. He also pointed blame at Morehead for not approving of a new city attorney and vetoing a candidate supported by Wittman, Turini, Long and Thomas.

The upheaval has led to a recall election against Turini and Thomas. Citizens were able to collect enough signatures to trigger an election, which will be held on June 27.

Megan Thornam is one of the residents who led the recall effort.

“Corruption. What’s happening is corruption,” Thornam said. “I couldn’t stay silent anymore, so I’m not going to let them get away with it.”

The latest issues arose at the April 24 council meeting where Turini, Wittman Thomas and Long walked out of the meeting while discussing a contract for an attorney to advise the council through the recall election and allocating money for voting machines for the recall.

Turini and Thomas were upset they could not vote on the matter since they were involved in the recall, per the city charter.

“Now they’re trying to stop a recall election that the citizens deserve,” Thornam said. “I’m outraged. I feel like it’s completely anti-democratic and it’s really a shame.”

Turini said he does not object to the recall but is against how Morehead runs the meetings.

“If the people want to recall me, they will. I just object to the way the mayor is declaring himself king of Dacono,” he said.

Morehead has a much simpler message to Turini, Wittman, Long and Thomas.

“Knock it off. Do your job. Obey the law. Don’t violate your oath,” he said.

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A month after firing the city manager, Dacono city officials remain divided

Last month four Dacono city council members abruptly fired the longtime city manager without cause. The same four council members – Kathryn Wittman, Jackie Thomas, Jim Turini and Danny Long - blocked recent council discussions about hiring an interim replacement, in a move that seemed to cement opposing factions within the city council.At a ...

Last month four Dacono city council members abruptly fired the longtime city manager without cause. The same four council members – Kathryn Wittman, Jackie Thomas, Jim Turini and Danny Long - blocked recent council discussions about hiring an interim replacement, in a move that seemed to cement opposing factions within the city council.

At a special council meeting on Wednesday, Dacono Mayor Adam Morehead asked for a closed executive session to discuss potential candidates for the position. “There is a person who wants to be considered as the interim city manager [and] does not want the discussion to be held in the public meeting,” City Attorney Kathleen Kelly explained. “The Open Meetings Law does permit the city council to meet in executive session for that purpose.”

But Morehead’s proposal was voted down by the block of four council members, effectively ending discussion on the matter.

“I would feel uncomfortable going into an executive session without knowing that person’s name or having a resume or anything,” Council member Jackie Thomas said after the vote.

Our citizens at the last meeting made it quite clear they want everything in the open. Executive session does not offer them that.
Jim Turini, Dacono City Council member

“Our citizens at the last meeting made it quite clear they want everything in the open,” Council member Jim Turini said. “Executive session does not offer them that.”

Ultimately, council members Kevin Plain and Doris Crespo voted in favor of moving ahead with the executive session discussion. They were outnumbered by Wittman, Thomas, Turini and Long, who voted no.

The insistence on transparency appeared to be a change in attitude for the four council members who declined the executive session. Just a few weeks prior, the same group had refused to discuss their reasons for firing longtime City Manager AJ Euckert, a decision that caught the other members of city council off guard. But KUNC’s repeated attempts to contact Wittman, Thomas, Turini and Long have all gone unanswered, so the intentions behind their public actions remain a mystery.

After the executive session was voted down, frustrations flared, and the meeting was abruptly adjourned after just six and a half minutes.

The City of Dacono has now been without a chief administrator for nearly a month and city leader have not been able to coalesce around an effort to fill that role.

Mayor Adam Morehead says the council is now at an impasse. “I'm frustrated that things are not getting done,” he told KUNC. “I'm frustrated that the council refuses to move forward with trying to get an interim [manager].”

Outside the council chambers

After City Manager AJ Euckert was unexpectedly fired in an off-agenda motion at the end of an otherwise routine council meeting on February 13th, rumors swirled about the way events unfolded.

The speed and certainty with which Wittman, Thomas, Turini and Long carried out the firing led many to suspect that the decision had been planned by the group behind closed doors. That would be in violation of Colorado’s Open Meeting laws, which require advance notice when issues of public policy are being raised and prohibit city council members from discussing public policy outside of public view (with certain exceptions for executive sessions, like the one Morehead proposed on March 8).

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Executive Director Jeff Roberts says Euckert’s firing isn’t an open and shut violation of Open Meetings Law. “I think there’s questions. Was that properly noticed? Was that predetermined before the meeting?,” he said. “Is this something that just happened and they all were like-minded? I think there’s more information we need to know whether there was an open meetings violation in that.”

Roberts also cautions that if the firing was planned all along, the public should have been given notice. “It should have been on the agenda and there should have been 24 hours notice that we're considering the city manager's job,” he said.

Concerns about Open Meeting law violations prompted Mayor Adam Morehead to call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Euckert’s firing. In an email, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirmed with KUNC that an investigation involving Dacono City Council is currently active.

Dacono City Attorney Kathleen Kelly, who has served in the role for the past twenty-five years, submitted her letter of resignation on February 14th, the day after Euckert’s firing. She will remain in the job until April 15th.

Recall campaigns for Thomas and Turini

In the weeks following AJ Euckert’s firing, three Dacono residents — Rick Gerk, Megan Thornam and Tony Cummings — filed petitions to recall Jim Turini and Jackie Thomas.

The petitions allege that Thomas and Turini “engaged in conduct that violated the Open Meetings Law of the State of Colorado to terminate the City Manager,” and placed “the administration of the City at risk.”

“We felt like they broke the Sunshine Law,” Thornam said. “Ultimately we need a council that has transparency and a certain amount of ethics and character. The way they did it was underhanded and it felt like a political stunt."

Thornam says she doesn’t have enough information to judge Euckert’s fitness for the job, or lack thereof.

It's not the decision they made, but the way they did it that has caused the public to lose trust
Megan Thornam, Dacono resident

Thornam reports her team has already collected all the signatures they need — along with a healthy cushion — to move forward with the recall campaign, and that it only took one weekend to get there. “Which shows you there's more than enough support,” she said. “There's enough residents that are upset by what happened.”

Cummings says support for the recall petition has come from all corners of Dacono, and does not fall along ideological lines. “It’s not a political issue. It’s a community issue,” he said. “The overarching theme of this petition is that government needs to happen in the sunlight and not in the shadows.”

The group did not file recall petitions for Wittman and Long because Wittman’s term ends later this year, and Long has not yet been in office long enough to be recalled.

Counter-recall campaigns

Given the active investigation into potential Open Meetings violations, some residents in Dacono were surprised to see council members Wittman, Thomas, Turini and Long together, knocking on doors in the Sweetgrass neighborhood last weekend.

Wittman and Long caught Cory Singleton’s attention when he spotted them standing in his driveway. “It was pretty easy to immediately recognize that, oh, these people are from the city council,” Singleton said. He didn’t speak to them but observed through his home security camera as the two stopped for a moment to regroup.

“They never came to our door,” Singleton said, adding that they appeared to have a list of addresses to avoid – including his own – belonging to people who had been public about their distaste for the city council’s antics.

The council members seemed to be canvassing the neighborhood to drum up support in opposition to the circulating recall petitions, raising additional concerns about public business being conducted outside of the proper channels.

According to Jeff Roberts, it’s not clear that those actions violate the Open Meetings law. “If they were walking around talking about the Rockies, that's definitely not a meeting under the Open Meetings Law,” he said. “For a meeting to be subject to the Open Meetings law, it has to relate to a public body’s policymaking function.”

Roberts says the neighborhood canvassing falls into a grey area. “There are four of them meeting in the neighborhood to try to gain support for themselves. Is that their policymaking function?,” Roberts said. The answer to that question, he says, would be open to judicial interpretation, if that question were ever to land in the court system.

Dacono residents recall councilmembers Jackie Thomas, Jim Turini

Dacono City Councilmembers Jackie Thomas and Jim Turini have been recalled, according to the unofficial election results that were posted to the city’s website Tuesday night.Residents had until 7 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their ballots.Results showed 546 Dacono residents voted “yes” to recall Thomas, and 354 voted “no.” Similarly, 546 residents voted to recall Turini, and 353 voted not to....

Dacono City Councilmembers Jackie Thomas and Jim Turini have been recalled, according to the unofficial election results that were posted to the city’s website Tuesday night.

Residents had until 7 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their ballots.

Results showed 546 Dacono residents voted “yes” to recall Thomas, and 354 voted “no.” Similarly, 546 residents voted to recall Turini, and 353 voted not to.

As a result, the two successor candidates — Tony Cummings and Michelle Rogers — will replace Thomas and Turini on the Dacono City Council.

Cummings received 535 votes, and Rogers tallied 562 votes.

In an interview Tuesday night, Cummings said that he was working in his front yard when he learned of the results.

“I had faith in the process,” Cummings said. “It worked out how it should’ve, in my opinion.”

Rogers also said Tuesday night that Dacono’s residents and families made the challenging recall process all worth it.

“I actually don’t think we are as divided as we think we are,” Rogers said. “But, there’s a lot of mending to do and a lot of bringing us together to … make it better.”

The recall’s organizers alleged that Thomas and Turini violated Colorado’s Open Meetings Law when they, along with Councilman Danny Long and Mayor Pro-Tem Kathryn Wittman, voted to terminate former Dacono City Manager A.J. Euckert during the Feb. 13 City Council meeting without providing any advanced public notice.

Euckert worked for the city for more than 20 years.

A recall petition was not pulled for Long because he had just been reelected in November 2022. In accordance with state statute, an elected official may not be recalled until they have served at least six months in office.

Wittman’s term already expires in November, which is why organizers did not pull a recall petition against her.

Since voting to fire Euckert, Thomas and Turini have maintained they did nothing wrong, and the city needed to go in a new direction.

Turini declined to comment when reached by phone Tuesday night.

Thomas did not reply to a request for comment.

Recall election results will be certified July 7, and Rogers and Cummings are scheduled to be sworn in July 10.

The two will complete what would have been the remainder of Turini’s and Thomas’ terms in office.

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DACONO, Colo. — The mayor of Dacono said his city is in "crisis mode" without a city manager or city attorney -- and with continued infighting and dysfunction after another tumultuous city council meeting this week.

The trouble spilled into the public eye in mid-February when four city councilmembers voted to fire the longtime city manager in a surprise move that occurred without public discussion.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) then found evidence that the four council members violated open meeting laws, and two are now facing a recall election. Their council meeting Monday devolved into chaos during votes to authorize funds to pay for the recall.

"What I’m seeing is a systematic dismantling of our city government," Mayor Adam Morehead said. "We’re not functional."

City Councilmember Jim Turini, who is facing the recall election, blamed the mayor and the ex-city manager for standing in the way of growth. He also thought the city manager made too much money, which is why he said he voted to fire him.

"There had been talk over years of how things are not going correctly," he said. "How we need change, how we need to get Dacono on a new path so we can keep up with our neighbors."

He said the meeting of councilmembers flagged by the CBI discussed citizen concerns like "lack of growth and high paid city officials," but said no city business was discussed. "There comes a point where you just have to move in favor of the city," he said.

Councilmember Jackie Thomas, who is also being recalled, said she voted to fire the city manager because she "wanted to do something good for the city," which she described as "stagnant."

"I can tell you from my heart there wasn't any collusion," she said. "Change is hard and I think we're seeing that."

Morehead said firing the city manager without a plan to hire a new one left Dacono rudderless. "Do your job, knock it off," he urged the councilmembers.

"The city has been functioning for many, many, many years and I have faith in all our department heads that they can stand the little period of the blank city manager," Turini said in response.

Turini and Thomas said they have tried; they nominated a city attorney candidate whom the mayor vetoed. "He wasn't qualified for the job," Morehead said.

Turini said their attorney candidate could consult the internet or other legal references if he needed assistance with city governance. "And if he gets in above his head where he can't handle that, he has lawyers he could confer with about what to do," Turini said of the candidate.

Turini did not participate in the CBI investigation into his and other staff member's potential violations of open meeting rules -- he said because the agency asked him to drive to Lakewood for the interview. "I'm a senior citizen, I have cataracts and for my own safety and the public's safety, it's not good for me to drive in the city," he said.

City Council is scheduled to meet again on May 8.


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