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  • Aging Well Resource Center in its infancy

    Littleton’s new Aging Well Resource Center is designed as a one-stop shop for an aging population looking for answers in such areas as transportation and health insurance. 

    The center opened in Bemis Library in October; while the city provides transportation services for its senior population with the Omnibus and Shopping Cart programs, Littleton, like many municipalities, doesn’t have a dedicated human services department as county governments do. 

  • Everyone out of the pool

    Arapahoe Community College’s plan to close its indoor pool next year to make room for a wider variety of fitness classes has some community members worried it will leave them high and dry.

    The college decided to close the pool at the end of spring semester because of the cost of maintaining the 38-year-old pool and a lack of interest in the facilities from students, said ACC president Diana Doyle.

  • Two South Jeffco businesses robbed at knifepoint

    An assailant armed with a knife robbed two businesses in South Jeffco on Wednesday.

    The assailant was described on the Jeffco sheriff's Twitter account as a young white male wearing a blue hoodie and a bandana with a skull on it. The two businesses are at 5000 S. Jellison Way and 9700 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    Both robberies occurred between noon and 12:15 p.m. The perpetrator remains at large, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Check ColumbineCourier.com for updates on this story.

  • Jeffco students escorted from school board meeting - VIDEO

    Nearly 20 students were escorted from a Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday night after they staged a demonstration to express concerns about a committee tasked with reviewing curriculum.

    The incident occurred during public comment when a student stood and read from a U.S. history book. After that student was stopped by a district security officer, another student stood and started reading. After five students had been stopped, one student blew a whistle, and many students stood up and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • 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.