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  • 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.

  • 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.