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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.

  • Kempe, Dozier retain seats on IREA board

    Both foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association retained their seats on the nonprofit power co-op’s board in this month’s election.

    Pine Junction resident Duke Dozier, whose district stretches from Kenosha Pass to Aspen Park and includes some parts of Castle Rock, outpolled his opponent by less than 350 votes. 

  • Commissioner Szabo opts to drive new county-owned vehicle

    County Commissioner Libby Szabo is driving a new county vehicle purchased specifically for her.

    County policy allows elected officials to use a county-provided vehicle or to receive reimbursement for mileage on a personal vehicle. Szabo chose a new Ford Taurus, at a cost of $40,000. Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier use their personal vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage.

  • Student demonstration calls attention to modern slavery

    Students from Front Range Christian School took part last week in an international effort to draw attention to the plight of those suffering under forced labor and slavery.

    Students from the school stood at South Santa Fe Drive and West Bowles Avenue throughout the day April 10 as part of the International Justice Mission’s Stand Up for Freedom Day.

  • RTD’s proposed fare increase finds opposition in South Jeffco

    A plan by the Regional Transportation District to increase fares and eliminate transfers continues to elicit protests, including opposition from South Jeffco commuters.

    At a public meeting April 8 at the Ken Caryl Ranch House, a handful of area residents criticized RTD’s proposed new fee structure, with several attendees expressing concern about the elimination of transfers and how that would affect low-income riders.

    Meanwhile, at a meeting in Denver on the same day, more than 100 people protested the planned changes, according to media reports.

  • Child abuse charges against bus driver are dropped

    The Jeffco district attorney has dropped child abuse charges against a school bus driver who was accused of grabbing a disruptive pre-teen by the throat in January.

    The DA on April 8 dismissed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against Littleton resident David Blanchard, citing a lack of evidence, said DA's spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Suspect sought in Walmart burglary

    The Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole $1,200 worth of video game and computer equipment from a locked display at a South Jeffco Walmart.

    According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man entered the Walmart at 13420 W. Coal Mine Ave. about 5:45 a.m. April 5, put several large pieces of cardboard into his cart, and proceeded to the store’s electronics department.