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  • Writing the book on fund-raising

    The Jefferson County Library Foundation has a simple goal with its Books for Kids Campaign: Get a book in the hands of as many Jeffco kids as possible.

    The foundation kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign Nov. 14; it has already given away more than 15,000 books this year, either through visits to classrooms or at events.

  • Change to development waivers undergoing some adjustments

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have asked for some fine-tuning of a proposal to change the way developers seek waivers on certain requirements.

    The changes presented to the commissioners Nov. 25 were designed to encourage more input in the waiver process from outside groups, which currently have no say in the process. Yet the commissioner said too many questions remained about whether the changes would improve a system that currently generates few complaints.

    The board is scheduled to hear the modified proposal on Dec. 9.

  • Possibly suicidal woman found safe

    A woman with a knife who was said to be possibly suicidal was found Tuesday afternoon and taken to a local hospital.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had been searching the area around Southwest Plaza mall for the woman, 24. She was believed to be somewhere near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard.

  • Commissioners set to extend moratorium on retail pot sales

    Jeffco has taken the first steps in extending a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales until 2016.

    The moratorium currently in place prohibits commercial marijuana sales, grow operations or manufacturing, but is set to expire on Feb. 1, 2015. The county commissioners will vote at a public hearing Dec. 9 on extending the ban until Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Littleton council approves two controversial urban renewal plans

    The Littleton City Council approved two contentious urban renewal plans Nov. 4 despite objections from residents and a representative of Arapahoe County.

    The Columbine Square plan was ratified on a 4-3 vote, with council members Peggy Cole, Jerry Valdes and Bruce Beckman voting against. All three questioned whether the area needs urban renewal to spur development.

  • Everyone out of the pool

    Arapahoe Community College’s plan to close its indoor pool next year to make room for a wider variety of fitness classes has some community members worried it will leave them high and dry.

    The college decided to close the pool at the end of spring semester because of the cost of maintaining the 38-year-old pool and a lack of interest in the facilities from students, said ACC president Diana Doyle.

  • Two South Jeffco businesses robbed at knifepoint

    An assailant armed with a knife robbed two businesses in South Jeffco on Wednesday.

    The assailant was described on the Jeffco sheriff's Twitter account as a young white male wearing a blue hoodie and a bandana with a skull on it. The two businesses are at 5000 S. Jellison Way and 9700 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    Both robberies occurred between noon and 12:15 p.m. The perpetrator remains at large, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Check ColumbineCourier.com for updates on this story.

  • Jeffco students escorted from school board meeting - VIDEO

    Nearly 20 students were escorted from a Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday night after they staged a demonstration to express concerns about a committee tasked with reviewing curriculum.

    The incident occurred during public comment when a student stood and read from a U.S. history book. After that student was stopped by a district security officer, another student stood and started reading. After five students had been stopped, one student blew a whistle, and many students stood up and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Urban renewal plans leave county cranky

    The Arapahoe County commissioners have serious concerns about Littleton’s proposed urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and South Santa Fe Drive.

    The commissioners sent two letters to Littleton on Oct. 28 stating their objections to several items in each plan, including a lack of specificity on the impacts the plans would have on county finances. The commissioners also took exception to the inclusion of an agricultural property in the Santa Fe plan, which they said violates urban-renewal statutes.

  • Democrat DeGette easily wins 10th term in Congress

    Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette resoundingly defeated GOP challenger Martin Walsh on Tuesday to win a 10th term representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

    The race was called in favor of DeGette about an hour after the polls closed. She received 66 percent of the vote, or 161,557 of the ballots cast, compared to Walsh's 30 percent, or 72,795 votes, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting.