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  • The holiday’s main event: Main Street in downtown Littleton jammed as locals welcome the Jolly Elf

    By Laura Herrington
    For the Courier
    Former Littleton resident Carl Gwynn travels each year from Salt Lake City for the annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting downtown, proclaiming it the best Christmas event in the country.

  • Sheriff losing officers to cities with higher pay

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has for years been losing newly trained recruits and deputies to other metro-area police agencies, which employees attribute to a longstanding hiatus of the department’s step-and-grade pay system.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide a specific number of employees who left for greener pastures, other local law enforcement agencies have been luring away deputies since 2007 with offers of better pay, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • Library seeking more employee buyouts as district battles to slash $800,000

    Too few Jeffco library employees have accepted voluntary layoff packages for the system to meet an expected $800,000 in annual savings, leading the library to seek a second round of offers.

    The measure was implemented to help the library meet about $2.4 million in cuts next year, a portion of which is also being addressed through decreased hours of operation at the system’s largest branches.

  • Littleton council names Brinkman mayor

    The Littleton City Council voted 5-2 on Nov. 15 to approve Debbie Brinkman as the city’s mayor, a position that carries the administrative duty of leading council meetings.

    The council also voted 5-2 in favor of appointing member Bruce Stahlman as mayor pro tem. In both instances Councilman Phil Cernanec was nominated though ultimately not appointed.

    Brinkman, who represents District 4, has a background in marketing, though she now owns an organization and interior-design small business.

  • South Jeffco lands in Dem-leaning congressional district

    South Jeffco has been lumped in with Denver in a congressional redistricting map approved Nov. 10 by state Judge Robert Hyatt, placing a largely conservative area into a Democratic stronghold — at least for now.

    Much of the southern unincorporated portion of the county, formerly in Congressional District 6 and represented by Republican Mike Coffman, is currently in Democrat Diana Degette’s territory.

  • A bridge too useless?

    All three Jeffco commissioners conceded last week that, in hindsight, construction of the massive pedestrian bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard was a poor use of federal and local sales-tax money compared to other road projects throughout South Jeffco.

  • Columbine Library to reopen on Mondays in '12

    The Columbine Library will reopen on Mondays in 2012, though the branch will have reduced hours of operation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a schedule released Nov. 17 by the library shows.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Bedrock Confidential

  • Dahlkemper is new school board president

    Newly elected Jeffco school board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper took the oath of office Nov. 10, nine days after voters selected them over challengers Jim Powers and Preston Branaugh.

  • Eastwood gets 18 months on gun charge, but won't serve additional jail time

    Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood was sentenced Thursday morning to 18 months in jail for bringing a gun onto school grounds, time he will not serve after having already been in custody for 626 days.

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered that Eastwood be remanded to the custody of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where he will remain until psychiatrists deem him safe to return to the community, if ever.