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  • Three finalists named for judge vacancy in 1st Judicial District

    A list of finalists to fill the vacancy left on the 1st Judicial District with the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger includes the spouse of a current Jeffco county commissioner.

    Laura Tighe, wife of Commissioner Casey Tighe, was one of three finalists picked by the 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from that list to replace Munsinger. Todd Kastetter and KJ Moore, both of Littleton, are the other finalists. 

  • Littleton council votes to allow residential permit parking

    The Littleton City Council has approved a new residential parking permit system in response to concerns about commuters using residential streets as a parking lot for RTD’s downtown light-rail stop.  

    The new neighborhood permit parking program, approved by the council Oct. 21, would let neighborhoods petition the city to create a permit area. Residents would have the permits, and anyone else parking on a neighborhood street could be ticketed.

  • Items belonging to missing Littleton woman found in wilderness area

    Items belonging to Sherri Ahlbrandt, a Littleton woman missing in the Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area near Crested Butte since Aug. 13, were found last week by hunters.

    The hunters were in the area of Anthracite Creek when they discovered a small waist-pack containing several items with Ahlbrandt’s name on them. Marjorie Trautman, spokeswoman for the Mount Crested Butte Police Department, said the items were discovered in an area away from Ahlbrandt’s planned route.

  • GOP Senate candidates swipe photo, logo for campaign fliers

    Three GOP candidates for the state Senate were threatened with legal consequences last week after their campaign fliers used the Jeffco Public Schools logo and a Denver Post photo without permission. 

    Fliers in support of Tim Neville in Senate District 16, Tony Sanchez in District 22, and Laura Woods in District 19 featured the same design and also included a doctored photograph from last month’s student protests in Jefferson County. 

  • A roundup of South Jeffco election races

    Editor's note: With mail ballots now in the homes of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing each race and the candidates vying for South Jeffco’s votes. 

    Colorado’s 1st Congressional District

    Incumbent: Democrat Diana DeGette. Challenger: Republican Martin Walsh.

    DeGette began representing South Jeffco after redistricting in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the state House from 1992-96. 

  • Seniors’ Resource Center wins national leadership award

    The Seniors’ Resource Center was recognized last month for its work with senior citizens in Jefferson County and the metro area. 

    LeadingAge, a nonprofit organization of more than 6,000 groups that serve various needs of the senior community, gave the SRC its Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award for 2014. 

  • Commissioners still have questions on possible retail marijuana sales

    The county commissioners still have more questions than answers when it comes to retail marijuana businesses opening in Jeffco.

    During an Oct. 14 study session on other city and county regulations on commercial marijuana grow operations and retail stores, all three commissioners expressed interest in marijuana testing facilities and what revenue the businesses could generate.  

  • 10-day crime spree ends with capture of escaped jail prisoner

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail on Oct. 5 is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts is back in custody.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m Oct. 16 in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest came after a stolen car Sandlin was driving flipped as he was fleeing law officers.

    Sandlin apparently had been staying in a vacant house that is up for sale on Sunshine Canyon Drive. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases use of reserves

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • Council member sought to buy property in urban-renewal area

    A Littleton City Council member reportedly inquired about buying a property that could be eligible for a city-facilitated process for financing redevelopment.