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  • Woman prisoner dies in Jeffco jail

    A woman died Monday night while in custody at the Jefferson County jail.

    The 38-year-old woman complained about feeling ill earlier Monday, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office news release. The jail staff scheduled the woman to be seen by medical personnel that evening.

    Jail staff was notified at 7:15 p.m. by the woman’s cellmate that she was not breathing. Deputies performed CPR on the woman but were unable to revive her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Vandals cause $25,000 in damage at Meadows Golf Club

    Authorities are on the lookout for vandals who caused more than $25,000 in damage to golf carts and fencing at the Meadows Golf Club in South Jeffco.

    Vandals visited the course on three separate occasions over the past month and were apparently discouraged during the third incident by recently installed surveillance cameras that photographed two suspects and a vehicle. 

  • Voters set to decide on limits on urban renewal tools

    Littleton voters will decide March 3 if they’ll get the last word on the city’s future urban renewal plans.

    The special election has two question on the ballot, both pertaining to urban renewal. Question 2A would limit the city’s ability to use eminent domain and condemnation; Question 300 would require citizen approval for any new urban renewal plan, or for significant changes to existing plans.

  • Council approves changes to two urban renewal plans

    With voters set to decide March 3 if Littleton residents will need to vote on new urban renewal plans or on changes to existing plans, the City Council approved the use of sales-tax revenue for redevelopment of Columbine Square but declined to do the same for the South Santa Fe corridor.

  • Council urged to ask ACC to keep pool open

    Users of Arapahoe Community College’s swimming pool want the Littleton City Council to persuade ACC not to close the facility.

    The college announced late last year that it intended to close the 39-year-old pool this year to make way for more activities like yoga and Pilates. Since then a group of users, including participants in Silver Sneakers swim classes and members of local swim teams, have been trying to get the college to change its mind.

  • Stepping Stone’s dance party jumps back in time

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Denim, fanny packs, scrunchies and smiling faces filled Stepping Stone Support Center’s facility on a recent Saturday for a ‘90s-themed dance party.

  • Jeffco approves rezoning for 262-unit apartment complex

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a rezoning for a new 262-unit apartment complex on the southwest corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Alkire Street, despite opposition from neighbors and the county’s planning staff.

    The 12.3-acre property has been rezoned from planned development and agricultural-2 zoning to a planned development zoning that would allow the Belle Vista development to be built. The eight-building apartment complex, which would not include a clubhouse, would have one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

  • Spring Tree Program about to bud

    Littleton residents looking to green up their yards can once again take advantage of the city’s Spring Tree Program.

    For 20 years the city has been selling a variety of trees to residents to help create a diverse urban forest, said David Flaig, Littleton’s landscape manager. Since the program started, the city has sold more than 5,000 trees.

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

  • Ballot forum canceled as urban-renewal battle intensifies

    The battle continues in Littleton over urban renewal, as a citizen activist group dropped out of a Feb. 12 forum on competing ballot issues, saying it was overwhelmed by the outside funds pouring into the local campaign.

    “It all comes down to time and money. When you look at our opposition and the amount of money being dumped into it by developers, we don’t have that luxury,” said Carol Brzeczek, a member of Your Littleton, Your Vote.