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  • Sheriff's Office questions credibility of report on body in cave

    After two extensive searches for a body that a man reported seeing in a cave near Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is questioning the credibility of the report, sheriff’s spokesperson Jacki Kelley said Tuesday.

    “Our witness has been very uncooperative and untruthful about some of the things he shared,” Kelley said.

  • Tighe upsets incumbent Odom in county commission race

    Democratic challenger Casey Tighe upset incumbent Republican John Odom by 738 votes in their race for a seat on the county commission, a contest so close the results weren’t finalized until two weeks after Election Day.

    Tighe becomes only the second Democrat in more than a decade to join the three-member commission, in a stunning win for a political newcomer in a county that has traditionally leaned Republican.

    “I'm happy with the outcome,” Tighe said. “I guess I can say I'm pleased with the way it turned out.”

  • Probe continues into parking-lot accident that killed 2-year-old

    The Littleton Police Department is continuing its investigation into the accident that killed a 2-year-old boy Saturday morning in the parking lot at Aspen Grove shopping center.

    The 2-year-old, Bram Xavier Venn, was struck by a car; he was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

    The police are waiting until the investigation is complete before deciding if charges will be filed.

  • Centenarian cherishes memories — and her life at MorningStar

     By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    A star shined at MorningStar Senior Living in Littleton on a recent Saturday afternoon. Her name is Kay Lazarus, and she was the star of the show celebrating her 100th birthday.

    A dozen family members, some of whom journeyed from as far as Boston, joined dozens of friends, fellow residents and staff to fete the centenarian, who turned 100 on Nov. 7.

     

  • Clear sledding: Sled hockey provides a competitive outlet for disabled athletes

    Robynne Hill played competitive soccer until the age of 12, when she developed a nervous system disorder that causes intense pain in her legs. But four years later, she is thrilled to be part of another competitive sport: sled hockey. 

    Now 16, Hill catches a ride from Colorado Springs with her mom for practices and games at The Edge Ice Arena, where she has been playing with the Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team for just over a year. 

     

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  • School district hails passage of tax increase

    Proponents of two property-tax increases that will enable Jeffco Public Schools to avoid sizable budget cuts were happy that the measures were approved by voters in the Nov. 6 election.

    “I’m ecstatic,” said district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “I’m thrilled, and I think it was teamwork and integrity (that won the election). … We told the truth. We said, ‘This is about kids. This is what’s going to happen.’ ”

  • Englewood, Littleton study merging fire departments

    The cities of Englewood and Littleton staged a community forum Nov. 7 to get citizen reaction to an emerging study of potential cooperative fire and medical services between the Englewood Fire Department and Littleton Fire Rescue.

    The forum at the Littleton Center attracted about 35 people and about half a dozen fire service personnel. During the public comment period, one person spoke in favor of the proposed merger in glowing terms, while two others were against the proposal.

  • South Jeffco marijuana dispensary loses legal appeal

    The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld the Jeffco Board of Adjustment’s 2010 decision to prohibit the owner of Footprints Health and Wellness from operating a marijuana dispensary in a South Jeffco shopping center.

    The ruling was announced in a written decision by a three-judge panel on Nov. 1. Judges Robert M. Russel and Jerry N. Jones concurred with the opinion written by Judge Daniel M. Taubman.

  • Jeffco unveils design for second phase of West Quincy upgrade

    About 130 people turned out for an open house on Nov. 7 to look at plans for the widening of a 1.5-mile stretch of West Quincy Avenue from South Kipling Street to South Wadsworth Boulevard.

    The meeting was held in the cafeteria of D’Evelyn High School from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.