Local News

  • Jeffco schools win four-year grant to improve literacy

    A $485,000 four-year grant designed to improve childhood literacy will fund a new summer reading program at four of the county’s most poverty-stricken elementary schools.

    Mile High United Way awarded the matching-fund grant last week to the Jefferson Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports Jeffco Public Schools. Along with a $121,000 first-year contribution from the Salazar Family Foundation and upcoming fund-raising efforts, the amount will total $970,000, which will used to cover teacher pay and other expenses for the eight-week program.

  • Tiered fee structure eyed for Outdoor Labs

    The Jeffco school board is considering a plan to subsidize fees for the beloved sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program that would charge less for schools with more students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.

    Though the district has always provided funding for the program, it has not always charged schools according to income levels, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

    The plan would also reduce the amount of funding the school district contributes each year to the program, with the Outdoor Lab Foundation seeking more private donations to offset costs.

  • City attorney makes a case for embracing challenges

    Acting City Attorney Kirsten Crawford stepped into the position at a particularly tumultuous time for Littleton — the city’s police department was in the midst of a well-publicized wiretapping scandal, and Crawford’s former boss, then-city attorney Suzanne Staiert, had been fired by the City Council.

  • Planning commission OKs Foothills parcels for rezoning

    Two Foothills Park & Recreation District land parcels under contract for sale are eligible to be rezoned, the Jeffco planning commission unanimously recommended on Feb. 29, moving the areas one step closer to retail development.

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    Telltale tracks trace trespasser’s trip

  • Waterton Canyon is reopened to public

    Waterton Canyon reopened to the public March 1 after a year-and-a-half-long closure to siphon massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir.

    However, the wide canyon trail, popular with cyclists and hikers during warm weather, will be closed in the spring for about three weeks as crews disassemble and remove the 75-ton dredge from the reservoir, which sits at the top of the canyon trail. The closure date has yet to be determined, as removal of the heavy machinery is dependent on the reservoir’s ice melting.

  • Three board seats up for election at West Metro Fire

    Three of the seven West Metro Fire Rescue board of director seats are up for election in May, and as of last week the district had received only a handful of self-nominations.

    Board president and District 4 director Pam Feely is running again for her seat, though incumbent Ted Waller is ineligible to run, as he no longer resides in District 7 following a redrawing of district boundaries that pushed Waller out by several blocks.

  • Heritage High swimmer to compete at Olympic trials

    Heritage High School swimmer Shelly Patton will graduate in May, compete in the Olympic Trials in Omaha in June, and head off for a swimming career at Division I Northwestern University in Chicago in the fall.

    Patton swims for Shawn Smith on the University of Denver Hilltoppers (TOPS), a year-round competitive swim team. Patton, who has risen in prominence in Littleton and the Denver area swimming world over the past few years, says her work with Smith and “the environment of TOPS” groomed her for success and for college recruitment.

  • Kids using smart-phone apps to send naked photos

    Jeffco authorities have investigated six incidents in the past two weeks of preteens sending naked photos via smart-phone applications in lieu of traditional text-messaging, a means of cloaking the practice from suspicious parents, the district attorney’s office reports.

  • Business rubs pets the right way

    South Jeffco resident Dawn Olson has been shaving Shih Tzus and training terriers for the better part of two decades, cultivating her love of four-legged furballs into a thriving local business.

    Since starting a pet-sitting business in 1995, Olson, an Alaska native who relocated to Colorado in the late ’80s, has moved onto grooming and training. She purchased the local Laund-Ur-Mutt franchise seven years ago.