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  • Variety of candidates join race to replace Tancredo

    Littleton Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo has made a name for himself on the national stage with his relentless pursuit of immigration reform, controversial statements and a presidential bid.

    And while Tancredo’s name has practically become a household word, the names of those vying to replace him are not. Several area Republicans have tossed their hats in the ring to replace Tancredo — state Sen. Ted Harvey, Secretary of State Mike Coffman, Wil Armstrong and state Sen. Steve Ward — and all could face off in next fall’s primary.

  • The spirit of Santa: Canterbury neighborhood recalls man who donned a red suit

    This time of year, Conrad Paquette’s neighbors remember him as Santa Claus.

    But the Canterbury residents also recall the time 15 years ago when “Conny” came to their aid, raising money to provide new playground equipment in Chaucer Park.

    Conrad Paquette died in 2001, but his spirit lives on in the Canterbury neighborhood, particular during the holidays.

    “It’s amazing how one life can affect an entire community,” said Barb Little, a former member of the Canterbury homeowners association.

  • ACC display celebrates immigrants who call Littleton area home

    The subject of immigration often sparks debate — so much so that people often forget the value a naturalized citizen brings to the country.

    But a new display in Arapahoe Community College’s atrium has been installed to remind the community of the people who have chosen to call the Littleton area home. Part of the Milestones Project, ACC’s exhibit, “Littleton: My International Home Sweet Home,” highlights some of the immigrants who add culture and value through their community contributions.

  • A new spin on lunch: Ken Caryl principal starts a karaoke revolution

    The lunchroom erupted in cheers as seventh-grader Grant Stavrakas finished belting out “Proud Mary.”

    And the cheers didn’t come simply because someone of Grant’s age could hit every note just like John Fogerty did in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording. It was also because Grant presided over the room with the flair of a rock ’n’ roll front man. He even brought a quartet of backup dancers.

    “It’s like he is a completely different person when he steps up there,” said Patrick Santos, his principal.

  • Virtual field trips: Ute Meadows students among first in district to participate in interactive series

    Ute Meadows Elementary is about 2,300 miles away from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. But that doesn’t prevent fifth-graders from taking field trips to the historic city.

    All it requires is a good Internet connection and a willingness to learn.

    The Ute Meadows students are among the first in Jeffco Public Schools to experience the Electronic Field Trip Series, a subscription-based interactive educational program available to educators through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and broadcast through PBS.

  • New 'VIP' state parks pass will raise funds for maintenance

    State Sen. Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, has teamed with Rep. Spencer Swalm, R-Centennial, to sponsor a bill to create additional money to support state parks.

  • Achy, breaky windows

    Achy, breaky windows

  • Deputies to forgo raises in 2008, cost-of-living increases fall victim to county budget crunch

    The budget crunch facing Jefferson County is filtering down to individual departments, and sheriff’s deputies will carry their share of the burden by forgoing cost-of-living raises in 2008.

  • SWAT officers face probe for consulting, no approval was given for workshops drawing on Columbine experiences

    A training sergeant with the Port Huron, Mich., Police Department says he sees nothing wrong with paying for a few Jeffco SWAT members’ insights and training based on their experiences at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools.

    “This is a needed service,” Sgt. Scott Pike said last week after learning that several Jeffco SWAT team members were under internal affairs investigation for forming a consulting and training company without approval through their chain of command.

  • LIght show snowballs: Grant Ranch resident illuminates the neighborhood

    Santa Claus will never miss Vern Lowerys house, even on the foggiest of Christmas Eves.

    Its not so much that Lowery is particularly naughty or nice. Rather, Lowerys annual lighting display is enough to give even the most red-nosed reindeer a slight case of glow envy.

    Yeah, Xcel Energy loves me this time of year, Vern Lowery said.

    The reason why is the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Christmas lights that adorn Lowerys property each holiday season.