Local News

  • Foothills again delays land sale

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has again postponed a controversial $2.7 million sale of more than 17 acres of land near South Simms and South Ward streets to a housing developer.
    About 25 Shadow Ridge neighborhood residents and others packed the district’s meeting room on Nov. 22 to protest the sale, which many said violates one of Foothills’ own resolutions from 1999 that specified the land in question was to remain as undeveloped open space.

  • Living a cloistered life in Littleton

    By Laura Herrington
    For the Courier
    On a recent Monday just before 6:30 a.m., 30 of the faithful motor up a partially hidden driveway to the historic house at 6138 S. Gallup St. They trickle into a small, unadorned chapel and sit scattered on the wooden pews, waiting for Mass to begin.

  • Columbine survivor to point lens at shootings' aftermath

    At age 17, Sam Granillo said he wasn’t ready to see a counselor.
    Following the Columbine shootings, a flood of offers from local therapists inundated many students who, like Granillo, were years from understanding the full effects the event would have on their adult lives.
    Today, at 29, Granillo rarely sleeps without intense nightmares — a delayed effect of the three hours he spent crammed into a kitchen office with 17 others at the high school, at times bracing against the door to keep at least one of the shooters from entering.

  • 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.