Local News

  • Three seats open in May on Foothills board

    Three of the five director seats on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board are up for election in May, and two of the incumbents have yet to decide if they will run.

    No candidates have yet filed with the district for seats representing Wards 1, 2 or 5, and self-nomination forms are due on March 2. If no candidates come forward, the current board would cancel the May 8 election and appoint new or existing members.

  • School board eyes reserve funds amid budget cutting

    A committee advising the school board about more than $50 million in anticipated budget reductions cautioned the district Jan. 26 about depleting its reserves, as doing so could threaten the district’s “Aa” credit rating.

    In the midst of waning revenue from the state, the school district is bracing for cuts that will likely result in layoffs and increased class sizes, particularly in elementary schools. But to help cushion the reductions, the school board is considering how much, if any, of its $92 million general fund reserves to spend.

  • Class sizes in early grades get high priority at forum

    Nearly 100 South Jeffco residents identified student-teacher ratios in elementary classes and retention of the fourth- and fifth-grade instrumental music program as priorities at a budget forum hosted at Columbine High School on Jan. 28.

    The attendees — who included parents, district employees and a few students — also took issue with potential cuts to school technology budgets, custodial services and middle school librarians.

  • Bailey teen killed on U.S. 285

    A 17-year-old Bailey girl died early Jan. 28 after she jumped from a moving vehicle in South Jefferson County and was hit by another car, officials said.

    Catrina Fox was a passenger in a car her mother was driving about 1 a.m., according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Their vehicle was westbound on U.S. 285 near South Kipling Street when Fox reportedly opened her door and jumped out.

    She was hit by a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 17-year-old Littleton youth, Lewis said. Nobody in the Cruiser was hurt.

  • Student suspect in Utah bomb plot interviewed DeAngelis

    Police arrested a 16-year-old Utah student this week in connection with an alleged bomb plot at his school, more than a month after the boy visited Columbine High School and interviewed principal Frank DeAngelis about the 1999 shootings.

    DeAngelis, who has in recent years tried to accommodate students doing research about the attack, said he was shocked when he received a call from Utah police on Wednesday to confirm that the teen had visited Columbine.

  • School board selects negotiators without public discussion

    The Jeffco school board pushed the boundaries of the Colorado Open Meetings Law on Jan. 19, holding a closed-door meeting, for which no prior notice was given, to select two of its members to negotiate with employee unions.

  • DeGette kicks off campaign in South Jeffco

    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette plans to focus on transportation, stem-cell research, hydraulic fracturing and prescription-drug shortages in the current session of Congress, she said Jan. 19 at a news conference announcing her bid for re-election.

    DeGette, a Democrat who kicked off her campaign at the Columbine Library, will now run in a district that includes most of South Jeffco after the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed in December a Democratic-endorsed redistricting map.

  • Back to the future

    Rick Acres and Rick Hedrick are doing their part to spruce up Littleton’s Main Street, old-school style. Both property owners have taken steps in the past year to undo dubious upgrades to their historic buildings that took place in the 1950s and 1960s. 

    Acres owns the building that houses Olde Towne Tavern and two other properties on Main Street in the historic district. A year ago Acres decided his historic property “needed a face-lift.”

  • Littleton City Council OKs downtown guidelines

    The Littleton City Council approved last week a new planning guideline for the historic downtown area, a document that had stalled in recent months over suggested caps on building height and other issues.

  • Scores attend school board meeting to protest music cuts

    Scores of teachers, students and parents flooded the Jeffco Board of Education meeting Jan. 19 to protest cuts proposed in the district’s elementary instrumental music program, forcing the fire marshal to temporarily shut down the meeting.