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  • Gift drive under way for CASA kids

    Local kids whose families are struggling with poverty and mental-health and substance-abuse issues still can receive a holiday gift that warms their hearts — with your help.

    Jeffco Human Services and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties are collecting gifts for the Sponsor-A-Family Holiday Giving Program from now until Monday.

  • City, county at odds over farmland in urban renewal plan

    Arapahoe County notified Littleton last week that it is formally objecting to the inclusion of agricultural lands in the city’s urban renewal plan for the South Santa Fe corridor.

    The parcels, referred to as the Ensor properties, are at the southwest corner of West Mineral Avenue and South Santa Fe Drive. While the land was zoned by the city in the early 1980s for planned development, it still is classified by the Arapahoe County assessor as dry farmland.

  • Cyber attack disrupts video streaming of council meeting

    People hoping to watch the Littleton City Council’s Dec. 2 meeting online missed the early action as a result of fallout from a global cyberattack.

    Once the outage was noticed, the city immediately contacted Granicus, which provides the online video, and the problem was corrected before the meeting adjourned, said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde.

  • Foothills asks county for $1 million grant for Clement Park

    Clement Park is nearly 30 years old and looks tired, said Ron Hopp, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, which manages the property for Jeffco Open Space.

    To fund repairs and redevelopment at the park, Foothills has asked Jeffco Open Space for a $1 million grant to help cover $2.35 million in projects, most of which would go to replace the malfunctioning irrigation system and pump station, Hopp said.

  • Littleton council hires full-time city attorney

    The Littleton City Council has decided to hire a full-time city attorney after about a year of contracting for legal services with an outside lawyer.

    The council approved the promotion of Deputy City Attorney Kristin Schledorn to the full-time city attorney position on a 6-1 vote during its Dec. 2 meeting. Schledorn has been with Littleton since 2012.

  • Authorities seek man who robbed South Jeffco bank

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who robbed the 1st Bank at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue earlier Tuesday.

  • West Metro Fire set to approve reductions in 2015 budget

    The West Metro Fire Protection District board was set to approve a 2015 budget at a meeting Tuesday that includes shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area and reducing the number of on-duty firefighters.

    The cuts are part of a budget-balancing effort after voters rejected a 3-mill property-tax increase last May that would have raised taxes on a $300,000 home by $72 annually. The cuts represent about $2 million in savings in the 2015 budget.

  • Writing the book on fund-raising

    The Jefferson County Library Foundation has a simple goal with its Books for Kids Campaign: Get a book in the hands of as many Jeffco kids as possible.

    The foundation kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign Nov. 14; it has already given away more than 15,000 books this year, either through visits to classrooms or at events.

  • Change to development waivers undergoing some adjustments

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have asked for some fine-tuning of a proposal to change the way developers seek waivers on certain requirements.

    The changes presented to the commissioners Nov. 25 were designed to encourage more input in the waiver process from outside groups, which currently have no say in the process. Yet the commissioner said too many questions remained about whether the changes would improve a system that currently generates few complaints.

    The board is scheduled to hear the modified proposal on Dec. 9.

  • Possibly suicidal woman found safe

    A woman with a knife who was said to be possibly suicidal was found Tuesday afternoon and taken to a local hospital.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office had been searching the area around Southwest Plaza mall for the woman, 24. She was believed to be somewhere near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard.