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  • Urban renewal plans leave county cranky

    The Arapahoe County commissioners have serious concerns about Littleton’s proposed urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and South Santa Fe Drive.

    The commissioners sent two letters to Littleton on Oct. 28 stating their objections to several items in each plan, including a lack of specificity on the impacts the plans would have on county finances. The commissioners also took exception to the inclusion of an agricultural property in the Santa Fe plan, which they said violates urban-renewal statutes.

  • Democrat DeGette easily wins 10th term in Congress

    Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette resoundingly defeated GOP challenger Martin Walsh on Tuesday to win a 10th term representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

    The race was called in favor of DeGette about an hour after the polls closed. She received 66 percent of the vote, or 161,557 of the ballots cast, compared to Walsh's 30 percent, or 72,795 votes, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.

  • Voters reject tax increase for Foothills rec district

    South Jeffco voters rejected the Foothills Park and Recreation District's request for a 53 percent increase in property taxes.

    The mill-levy increase was rejected by 54 percent of voters; 46 percent cast ballots in favor.

    Foothills had sought the tax increase as a way to address the estimated $60 million in capital repairs needed for its parks and facillities. The 4-mill boost would have helped the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

  • Rosier wins re-election to Board of County Commissioners

    Republican Don Rosier’s bid to win a second term on the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners was successful. Rosier captured 50 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Democratic challenger John Flerlage. Independent candidate Greg Standley had about 8 percent.

    Rosier, a water resources engineer, won the seat in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Kathy Hartman. The Republican has focused on fiscal issues since first being elected and has been a critic of the county using reserve funds to balance the budget.

  • Voters pick Shrader as Jeffco's next sheriff

    Jeffco voters overwhelmingly picked Jeff Shrader as the county’s next sheriff.

    Results showed the Republican Shrader with 73 percent of the vote over Libertarian candidate Brett Almy’s 27 percent.

    In the same fashion as last Tuesday’s election, Shrader overwhelmingly captured the GOP nomination in June over Jim Shires, winning more than 60 percent of the primary vote.

  • School builds community at Halloween event

    The staff at Mortensen Elementary in South Jeffco staged a block party — literally — to celebrate Halloween on Friday.

    Faculty and office personnel pieced together costumes from “The Lego Movie” and paraded around the school in a tradition that demonstrates the interlocking commitment the school has with its surrounding community.

    Not every adult sported a costume with a giant Lego head, but all the big kids conjured characters, to the delight of their smaller counterparts.

  • Three finalists named for judge vacancy in 1st Judicial District

    A list of finalists to fill the vacancy left on the 1st Judicial District with the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger includes the spouse of a current Jeffco county commissioner.

    Laura Tighe, wife of Commissioner Casey Tighe, was one of three finalists picked by the 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from that list to replace Munsinger. Todd Kastetter and KJ Moore, both of Littleton, are the other finalists. 

  • Littleton council votes to allow residential permit parking

    The Littleton City Council has approved a new residential parking permit system in response to concerns about commuters using residential streets as a parking lot for RTD’s downtown light-rail stop.  

    The new neighborhood permit parking program, approved by the council Oct. 21, would let neighborhoods petition the city to create a permit area. Residents would have the permits, and anyone else parking on a neighborhood street could be ticketed.

  • Items belonging to missing Littleton woman found in wilderness area

    Items belonging to Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area near Crested Butte since Aug. 13, were found last week by hunters.

    The hunters were in the area of Anthracite Creek when they discovered a small waist-pack containing several items with Ahlbrandt’s name on them. Marjorie Trautman, spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte Police Department, said the items were discovered in an area away from Ahlbrandt’s planned route.

  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for campaign fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County.