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  • Candlelight Walk kicks off holiday season

    Holiday spirit filled the frosty air Friday in downtown Littleton, and Christmas jingles resounded through the streets. 

    Thousands packed Main Street and beyond for the town’s 33rd annual Candlelight Walk, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus a few weeks early. 

  • Mountain lion chases off-leash dog in Morrison

    A Morrison area resident and his dog encountered a mountain lion on their walk last week, and the cougar chased the canine some distance before running off.

    According to Jennifer Churchill at Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the man was walking his dog on Wild Turkey Trail near Red Rocks Country Club on Nov. 21. He let the dog off her leash, and she ran ahead of him and out of his sight.

  • Jeffco library receives grant of $131,272

    The Jeffco Public library announced last week it has received a state grant that will be used for the purchase of educational materials.

    The grant, which totals $131,272, was awarded by the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act. The funds will be budgeted as 2017 revenue and will be used to purchase books for the library’s childhood literacy programs, a Jeffco Public Library news release stated.

  • Public input sought on possible C-470 upgrades

    Public input is now being sought on potential improvements to C-470 from Kipling Parkway to Interstate 70.

    After completing the beginning stages of an 18-month study, CDOT and the WestConnect Coalition want to know what motorists and residents think about possible future improvements to the highway.

    The “planning and environmental linkages” study is designed to develop short- and long-term transportation alternatives, help reduce traffic congestion, and improve safety for all users.

  • Columbine Kiwanis Club sees growth in ’16

    As the Columbine Kiwanis Club wraps up another year, its members reflect on the growth experienced in 2016, as well as the many service projects accomplished.

    The 69-member club, which was formed in 1978, added nine members in 2016 and donated $18,000 to various groups, including the the Jeffco Action Center; the Outdoor Lab Foundation, which supports the Jeffco Public Schools program that provides hands-on learning in an outdoor setting; and more.

  • Morrison board hears results of survey on Rooney Valley development

    The Morrison town board last week viewed an updated plan for development in the Rooney Valley that includes the results of a recent survey of Morrison and Lakewood residents.

    Morrison town planner Carrie McCool said approximately 282 online surveys were completed, and the results indicated support for some major development if views and open space are preserved.

  • Together at last: South Jeffco family is made complete on Adoption Day

    Last Thursday was a happy day for Aron and Bret, a South Jeffco couple.

    As the first snow of the season fell outside the Jeffco courthouse, the pair finalized the adoption of their 5-month-old daughter, Kalyn.

    They were among 16 families who participated in Adoption Options’ celebration of Adoption Day. The Denver-based adoption agency has placed more than 1,800 children in permanent homes since its inception in 1981.

  • Students fling frozen fowl for a fine cause

    Cheers erupted across the cafeteria as Falcon Bluffs Middle School principal Tom Burns knocked down every pin in the school’s makeshift bowling alley.

    But this was not a typical game of bowling. Instead of bowling balls, students launched frozen turkeys down the alleys, attempting to knock down pins that were decorated to look like Thanksgiving birds as well.

  • School board discusses teacher pay in wake of ballot failures

    Following the failure of Jeffco schools' ballot initiatives 3A and 3B — which would have resulted in a $535 million bond issue and generated $33 million annually in increased property taxes — the district says its top priority is keeping the teachers it has by improving compensation. 

  • Columbine Library gets community input on plans for 2017 redesign

    Members of the community met with two architects from Humphries Poli Architects on Saturday to provide feedback on plans for the $4 million redesign of the Columbine Library.

    Humphries Poli has redesigned and worked on more than 80 libraries. The firm has been recognized for its work to create 21st-century libraries in Library Journal magazine.