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  • Candidates tackle budget, zoning issues at forum

    State and Jeffco candidates expressed widely varying views about spending for schools and health care during a forum at the Evergreen Lake House on Oct. 4 sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers.

    Lorna Idol, the Democratic challenger in state House District 25, emphasized the need for additional funds for schools in Colorado, which she said is in the bottom tier nationally for educational spending.

    “I believe we need to spend more on education through property taxes,” said Idol, a retired education professional.

  • Denver Equestrians holds grand opening

    By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    Denim and diamonds and dreams come true — such were the themes of the gala grand opening of Denver Equestrians on Saturday evening in Littleton.

  • Tour helps homeowners go green

    Colorado residents flocked to Arapahoe Community College on Saturday, Sept. 29, to pick up a treasure map to 14 destinations teeming with information about green-housing upgrades.

    The Sustainable Living Tour, hosted by the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, showcased vendors and houses dedicated to renewable-energy practices. The vendors offered seminars on design, financing and other aspects of renewable-energy upgrades.

  • Local leaders weigh presidential pronouncements

    In some ways, the Oct. 3 presidential debate at the University of Denver broke little new ground.

    President Barack Obama criticized former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for supporting policies that “skew toward the rich” and for planning a $5 trillion tax cut. The Republican challenger countered by saying that Obama’s vision of bigger government and higher taxes will inhibit economic growth.

    Commentary by pundits has revolved around who bested whom, who wasn’t making eye contact with whom, and who didn’t give enough details.

  • Bicyclist injured by barbed wire strung across trail

    A bicyclist was injured about 6 p.m. Sunday while traveling north on the Mary Carter Greenway Trail in South Platte Park, just north of West Mineral Avenue. The person hit a barbed wire tied across the trail, about a foot off the ground, and was thrown off the bicycle.

    The Littleton Police Department and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are investigating the incident as a serious threat to public safety. This type of behavior could result in charges of reckless endangerment and assault, as well as other criminal charges.

  • Obama, Romney champion middle class — but find little middle ground

    President Barack Obama and his opponent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, can agree on one thing: They’re both fans of the middle class.

    From there on out, however, the differences are marked and clear between the Democratic incumbent and his Republican challenger.

    Obama and Romney met for the first presidential debate of the election season Wednesday evening at the University of Denver, and tackled jobs, education, health care and the preservation of the middle class.

  • Commissioners hold first telephone town hall

    The Jeffco commissioners held a virtual town hall meeting Sept. 25 from the comfort of a fifth-floor conference room in the County Administration and Courts Facility.

    The mass conference call lasted from 7 to 8 p.m., and the commissioners fielded 26 questions.

    It was the first time the county commissioners held such a meeting, although the C-470 Corridor Coalition conducted a similar exercise July 31 through Aug. 2.

  • Agenda makes way onto agenda of Foothills board

    The question of whether nonprofit groups should be able to rent Clement Park facilities at reduced rates sparked an emotional discussion by the Foothills Park & Recreation District board about what topics should be brought up at regular meetings.

    The board was meeting Sept. 25 at The Peak Wellness Center on Ward Road. About six people, mostly district staff members, were in the audience.

  • Neighbors get organized to fight auto dealership

    A group of neighbors in Chatfield Bluffs, Chatfield Bluffs South, Meadow Ranch and White Deer Valley are joining forces to fight a proposed car dealership on 11 acres in their neighborhood at West Ute Avenue and West Toller Drive near Kipling and C-470.

    The property in question is within a business park and is zoned for commercial uses, but a car dealership is not one of the approved uses as stated in the Jefferson County master plan.