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  • 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.

  • Investigation continues into Jeffco jail death

    An investigation into the death of a female inmate at the Jeffco jail is awaiting the findings of an autopsy report.

    The Sheriff’s Office has completed interviews in its investigation and is awaiting the coroner’s report on Jennifer Lobato, 37, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. That report could take several more weeks to complete.

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • High water closes recreational areas at Chatfield State Park

    The recent relentless rains have swollen Chatfield Reservoir and forced the closure of several recreational areas in the popular state park.

    The reservoir was 6 feet above its normal level as of May 21, resulting in closure of the swim beach; Jamison Picnic Area; Catfish Picnic Area; Eagle Cove; Plum Creek Picnic Area; and the south boat ramp.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

  • County to add up to 15 child-welfare employees

    A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco’s Human Services Department.

    The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.

    The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.

  • Latest proposal boosts allowed number of sidewalk displays

    The latest version of an ordinance governing retail sidewalk displays in downtown Littleton would increase from three to eight the number of days each month a business could display merchandise outside.

    At a May 12 study session, a majority of City Council members requested that staff overhaul the controversial restrictions placed on sidewalk displays last May. The latest rules also would decrease the maximum size of the displays, standardize how merchandise can be displayed, and charge a fee for the required permit.

  • Lady Rebels eliminated in state soccer quarterfinals

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The graduation of six seniors and injuries — lots of them — were just part of what the Columbine Lady Rebels had to overcome in 2015. There also was the proverbial bull’s-eye that is always on a defending state champion.