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  • Cemetery working to get Mount Lindo cross back in lights

    The company that owns Mount Lindo Cemetery off U.S. 285 hopes to have its giant cross shining without interruption by the fall.

    The lights on the 400-foot-high cross have been off intermittently since September due to weather, age and, oddly, bullets, said Gill Giddens, general manager of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

    “There’s been lightning strikes up there, just normal weather issues, blizzards and everything else,” Giddens said.

  • Bus driver faces charges in altercation with student

    A Jeffco Public Schools bus driver who is accused of grabbing a disruptive 12-year-old by his throat on his bus Jan. 30 will face child abuse charges in county court next month.

    David Blanchard, a 63-year-old Littleton resident, will face two counts of misdemeanor child abuse March 23 in Jefferson County Court. 

    Blanchard was picking students up from Bear Creek K-8 at 3 p.m. Jan. 30 when a 12-year-old male student allegedly became disruptive, according to Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

  • Commissioners OK rezoning for self-storage center

    A zoning change to allow construction of a self-storage center on West Belleview Avenue just west of South Simms Street was approved Jan. 27 by Jeffco’s county commissioners.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier voted to add a storage center to allowable uses for the 2.56-acre property under planned development zoning. The plan for the property, which is just west of a Comfort Dental and Walgreens, is for a 50,000-square-foot center with 460 storage units.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • It is their beeswax

    A new store in Littleton hopes to create some buzz in the South Jeffco beekeeping community.

    To Bee Or Not To Bee opened in February at 8280 W. Coal Mine Ave. Yet the business has been around in one form or another for more than 25 years, said Dave Berry, who owns the beekeeping supply store with his wife, Ashley.

    The couple bought the rights to the store from the former owner, who operated it in north Denver and who herself had bought the store several years ago and changed the name to To Bee Or Not To Bee, Dave Berry said.