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  • South Jeffco GOP ‘statesman’ Spielman dies at 83

    Charles Richard "Dick" Spielman Jr., a prominent figure in Republican politics in South Jeffco for more than 40 years, died unexpectedly May 28 at Littleton Adventist Hospital at age 83.

    The cause was undetermined, his wife said, although he had previously had some respiratory problems. He was born in New York, N.Y., on June 27, 1928.

  • GOP contenders in House race face off at library forum

    The two Republican contenders in state House District 22 unofficially kicked off the race with a forum sponsored by the Foothills Republican Club on May 29 at the Columbine Library.

    The winner of the GOP primary in the South Jeffco district will face Democrat Mary Parker in the General Election on Nov. 6.

    A crowd of 60 people nearly filled the meeting room to hear political newcomer Loren Bauman face off against community activist Justin Everett.

  • A little night music

    Break out the blankets and the picnic baskets — it's time to kick off the first of 13 free summer concerts at Clement Park beginning Thursday, June 7.

    A tradition for 22 years, the series is produced by the Foothills Park & Recreation District and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

    The first group in the lineup is Chris Daniels and the Kings, an R&B and swing group from Evergreen that has had international exposure.

  • Merchants make magic

    Littleton’s merchants are joining forces for a night of fireworks and magic as they prepare to turn four blocks on Main Street into a giant party venue with food, live music, entertainment and fun for the whole family.

    Festivities will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 9, when Main Street is closed from Rapp to Rio Grande streets. Admission is free; food tickets are available in advance at 10 for $10, including a free beverage coupon, at downtown Littleton stores. The day of the event, food tickets will cost $1 each.

  • Dish Network hiring at customer service center

    Satellite-TV provider Dish Network said June 2 it is now hiring more than 100 customer service representatives. Job seekers are invited to attend an open house Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. June 6 at the Dish Customer Care Center, 5701 S. Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Base pay starts at $11. See www.dish.com/littleton for more details.

  • School district clarifies figures on possible tax increase

    If voters approve two property tax increases being contemplated by the Jefferson County school board, the likely net increase in taxes on a $250,000 home would be about $36 annually.

    The school board is considering asking voters to increase both the mill levy, which is used to pay for district operating expenses, and to approve the district issuing a bond, which is used for building maintenance and construction.

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  • Commissioners appoint pair to library board

    An Arvada real estate broker and a Littleton human resources consultant have been named to the board of trustees of the Jefferson County Public Library.

    The county commissioners unanimously picked John Bodnar and Julia Hill-Nichols from a list of five applicants, all of whom were considered to have outstanding qualifications, at the weekly commissioners meeting May 22.

  • Nunes appointed to Foothills board

    Jill Nunes, chairwoman of the Foothills Park & Recreation District board, has been appointed to serve as board member for two more years by a unanimous vote of four board members.

    Ironically, Nunes was appointed to the Ward 2 opening created when she decided not to run for re-election at the end of her first term in May. Nunes was first elected to the board in 2008.

    As of the April 24 board meeting, Nunes appeared to be leaving the board. But about two weeks later, she submitted her name as a candidate for appointment from Ward 2.

  • Races to watch in Jefferson County general election

    Jefferson County races to watch

    General election, Nov. 6

    U.S. Congress, District 7

    Joe Coors (R)

    Ed Perlmutter (D)

    U.S. Congress, District 2

    Jared Polis (D)

    Kevin Lundberg (R)

    U.S. Congress, District 1

    Diana DeGette (D)

    Danny Stroud (R)

    State Senate District 22

    Andy Kerr (D)