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  • Two members resign from urban renewal board

    The board of Littleton’s urban renewal authority is searching for two new members. 

    Jim Taylor, chairman of the board for Littleton Invests For Tomorrow and a former City Council member, announced his resignation at the end of the LIFT board’s Jan. 8 meeting. Board member Dale Flowers also announced his resignation Jan. 8, because he had moved outside Littleton about a year ago. 

  • Jeffco says farewell to outgoing officials

    Jeffco said goodbye to four county officials last week in the final days of their terms, with a new wave of elected officials set to be sworn in Jan. 13.

    Sheriff Ted Mink, Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson and Assessor Jim Everson all were term-limited and did not run in last November’s election. County Commissioner Faye Griffin will forgo her final two years on the commission to take over as the newly elected clerk and recorder. All four are Republicans.

  • Open Space supports $1 million grant request for Clement Park improvements

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • County surveying options for surveyor

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to halve the pay for a position that requires little work and that the county doesn’t really need.

    No candidates ran for county surveyor in the November election, and the antiquated position is rarely called on to do actual work. But current state law requires the commissioners to appoint someone to the position within 90 days of it becoming vacant.

  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Littleton voters will weigh two charter amendments on urban renewal

    In March, Littleton voters will be presented with two choices on how, if at all, the city should restrict the use of urban-renewal tools.

    One amendment to the city charter, proposed by a group of residents, would require approval from city voters to use tax sharing, eminent domain, condemnation, tax-increment financing, revenue sharing, or cost sharing.

  • Funeral planned Monday for sheriff's sergeant

    A funeral is planned Monday afternoon for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

  • Littleton council OKs $200,000 loan to city’s urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has approved a $200,000 loan to the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    The loan, $50,000 of which was made available immediately and has a payback date of 2019, was approved by the council Dec. 16 on a 5-2 vote. The loan includes a provision that each additional distribution must get council approval.