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  • Body of missing Littleton woman found in Gunnison National Forest

    Police in Mount Crested Butte say that human remains found in the Gunnison National Forest are those of Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the area since Aug. 13

    A search party on Oct. 29 found the remains in a rugged area called Middle Anthracite Creek, close to where hunters on Oct. 23 found items identified as belonging to Ahlbrandt, said Marjorie Trautman, a spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte police.

  • CSI: Jeffco

    Sometimes a cop needs a microscope to catch a criminal.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office opened the new regional crime lab for a tour last week. The new facility, part of an expansion of the jail, will give law enforcement access to some of the most cutting-edge scientific equipment available.  

  • Jeffco jail in line for security upgrade after escape

    The Jeffco jail is getting a security upgrade after its first prisoner escape since it was built 28 years ago. 

    The county commissioners have given initial approval to a project that will install metal bars on the jail’s five recreation yards. The bars will supplement the steel security meshing that is currently in place. 

    The project is estimated to cost $100,000, and the funds will come from a surplus from the current jail expansion, which is about $1 million under budget. That project is about a month away from completion. 

  • City promotes urban renewal in meeting with residents

    Littleton hosted a town hall meeting on the urban renewal process as part of its ongoing effort to counteract what the city sees as misinformation about urban renewal.

    The meeting at Arapahoe Community College on Oct. 28 drew about 200 people. Residents were asked to give the city feedback on questions including their age, perception and knowledge of urban renewal, whether they had children in Littleton Public Schools, and whether they owned a business in town.

  • Error on flier disturbs school district parents

    Two parents want the Jeffco school district to vet sponsors of district officials’ speaking engagements after an announcement for an Evergreen Tea Party meeting originally listed a white-supremacist group as a co-sponsor.

  • Aging Well Resource Center in its infancy

    Littleton’s new Aging Well Resource Center is designed as a one-stop shop for an aging population looking for answers in such areas as transportation and health insurance. 

    The center opened in Bemis Library in October; while the city provides transportation services for its senior population with the Omnibus and Shopping Cart programs, Littleton, like many municipalities, doesn’t have a dedicated human services department as county governments do. 

  • Everyone out of the pool

    Arapahoe Community College’s plan to close its indoor pool next year to make room for a wider variety of fitness classes has some community members worried it will leave them high and dry.

    The college decided to close the pool at the end of spring semester because of the cost of maintaining the 38-year-old pool and a lack of interest in the facilities from students, said ACC president Diana Doyle.

  • Foothills finalizes sale of parcel

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District finalized the sale of a parcel on the northwest corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue last week, netting the district $1.075 million after commission.

    The property will be developed into a two-story medical center with a surgical unit, emergency medical care and overnight care. The property had to be rezoned by Jefferson County to allow for overnight stays before the sale could go forward, said Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp.

  • Jeffco commissioners eye targeted raises to slow attrition

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are considering awarding targeted pay increases as a way to stop, or at least slow, an increase in employee attrition.

    The commissioners discussed spending $1.5 million annually to target certain areas in the county workforce during two days of staff briefings last week on Jeffco’s proposed 2015 budget. County employees are already in line for a 2 percent merit-pay increase next year.

  • Two South Jeffco businesses robbed at knifepoint

    An assailant armed with a knife robbed two businesses in South Jeffco on Wednesday.

    The assailant was described on the Jeffco sheriff's Twitter account as a young white male wearing a blue hoodie and a bandana with a skull on it. The two businesses are at 5000 S. Jellison Way and 9700 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    Both robberies occurred between noon and 12:15 p.m. The perpetrator remains at large, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Check ColumbineCourier.com for updates on this story.