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  • Possibly suicidal woman found safe

    A woman with a knife who was said to be possibly suicidal was found Tuesday afternoon and taken to a local hospital.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had been searching the area around Southwest Plaza mall for the woman, 24. She was believed to be somewhere near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard.

  • Commissioners set to extend moratorium on retail pot sales

    Jeffco has taken the first steps in extending a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales until 2016.

    The moratorium currently in place prohibits commercial marijuana sales, grow operations or manufacturing, but is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2015. The county commissioners will vote at a public hearing Dec. 9 on extending the ban until Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Littleton council approves two controversial urban renewal plans

    The Littleton City Council approved two contentious urban renewal plans Nov. 4 despite objections from residents and a representative of Arapahoe County.

    The Columbine Square plan was ratified on a 4-3 vote, with council members Peggy Cole, Jerry Valdes and Bruce Beckman voting against. All three questioned whether the area needs urban renewal to spur development.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jeffco commissioners eye targeted raises to slow attrition

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are considering awarding targeted pay increases as a way to stop, or at least slow, an increase in employee attrition.

    The commissioners discussed spending $1.5 million annually to target certain areas in the county workforce during two days of staff briefings last week on Jeffco’s proposed 2015 budget. County employees are already in line for a 2 percent merit-pay increase next year.

  • 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.

  • 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.