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  • Littleton council denies request to waive tax

    The Littleton City Council rejected a request to waive a special tax on the recent sale of the Alta Aspen Grove apartment complex, meaning the development’s new owners must pay $96,475 to the city.

    The property, next to the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive, was sold last year to the APTCO Aspen Grove Limited Partnership group for $56.7 million. APTCO asked the council to waive a special tax that was placed on the apartments when the property was first rezoned from commercial to residential in 2007. 

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  • County clerk approves Jeffco5 petition plan

    Jeffco voters are a step closer to deciding whether the Board of County Commissioners should expand to five members from the current three.  

    Jeffco5, a grassroots organization working to expand the commission, received approval last week from the county clerk and recorder’s office for petitions for an initiative that would ask voters if they want five commissioners to represent the county’s residents.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire approves 2014 budget

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District had a memorable 2013, but for all the wrong reasons.

    “Last year’s theme was ‘survive,’ ” said Karl Firor, treasurer for the Inter-Canyon board of directors. “This year’s theme is, ‘It’s going to be a little bit better than last year.’”

  • Lake open for skating at Pine Valley Ranch

    Eager anglers and graceful gliders can now slide down to Pine Grove to enjoy some winter activity in the mountains.

    The lake at Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park is now open for ice skating and fishing.

    “It’s kind of a step back in time,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space. “We don’t groom the ice or anything like that. People can get a flavor of ice skating in the past and really get that outdoor experience.” 

  • Evergreen to be hub for regional emergency dispatch system

    In the new year, Evergreen will be the hub for all things emergency-related in west-central Jeffco.

    It’s all part of “regionalization,” a nationwide push to bring emergency agencies together under one roof, system or organization to better coordinate response over an extended area. And when that area is prone to wildfires — or flooding — a little reorganization is designed to go a long way.

  • Foothills again will host talent show for youth

    If you have a song in your heart, now’s the time to sing it. 

    Foothills Park and Rec is giving kids a chance to shine again as it hosts the Night of the Stars talent show on Feb. 1. 

    The show, which has auditions Jan. 14 to fill 30 available slots, has been a hit since it started three years ago, said Regina Smith, Foothills’ cultural arts specialist.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • County commissioners identify key issues for 2014

    As Jeffco looks ahead to 2014, several issues from previous years will return to the Board of County Commissioners’ agenda. The Columbine Courier sat down with the commissioners to ask what issues they think will be in the center ring in 2014.

     

    The budget

    Balancing the county’s 2015 budget is likely the biggest issue Jeffco will face in 2014.