Local News

  • Council approves downtown smoking ban

    Sidewalks in downtown Littleton will be smoke-free starting in 2016.

    On Nov. 3, the City Council voted 4-3 to ban outdoor smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. Smoking would be allowed on rooftops, rear patios and in parking lots.

    The ordinance also classifies electronic cigarettes and vape pens as tobacco products. The restrictions will take effect Jan. 1.

  • Shortwave enthusiast has long reach

    It’s rare when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaches Conifer, but it does happen.

    Earlier this year, tense Middle Eastern politics threatened to thwart the efforts of Conifer resident Tom Quinlan to make contact with a “ham” radio operator in every recognized nation.

    The 78-year-old Quinlan, a Vietnam veteran, has been a ham operator for 61 years, ever since his neighbor introduced him to the hobby when he was a teenager growing up in New Jersey. 

  • Bandimere possibly looking to add commercial, residential uses in future

    The owners of Bandimere Speedway are seeking a rezoning of their property that would keep the existing use of a racetrack but add residential and commercial uses to about 150 acres along C-470.

    The rezoning, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property, along with 19.4 acres south of the track in Morrison and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood.

  • Commissioners never tire of bike-lane debate

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a vote — for the third time — on new transportation rules that would require striped bicycle lanes to be added to some roads.

    The commissioners voted Oct. 27 to delay a final vote on the changes amid continued disagreement over the striped bicycle lanes. The amendments were originally presented Sept. 1 and again Sept. 29.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire expecting jump in property-tax revenue

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is expecting a boost in 2016 tax revenue after assessed values of homes in the district increased by about 16.6 percent.

    The department is expecting about $130,000 more in tax revenue in 2016 than in it did in 2015, according to board treasurer Karl Firor.

    Firor said he hopes to put the extra money into reserves for future equipment needs or possibly for pension-fund payouts. The district board had its first budget strategy meeting for 2016 in October.

  • Incumbents prevail in Littleton City Council races

    With five seats on Littleton’s City Council up for election, the city’s voters re-elected the incumbents.  

    Official results in the Nov. 3 election showed incumbent Councilman Bill Hopping besting challenger Brenda Stokes in District 1 by 419 votes, receiving 60 percent of the votes overall.

    In District 4, incumbent Debbie Brinkman won 53 percent of the vote against challenger Carol Brzeczek, prevailing by 167 votes.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.

  • Voters recall conservative school board members

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    Jeffco’s conservative school board majority was overwhelmingly recalled in the Nov. 3 election, and the so-called “clean slate” of candidates backed by the Jefferson County Education Association and the recall organizers swept all five seats on the board.

    As of Nov. 6, unofficial results showed:

    • 64.3 percent voted to recall Julie Williams in District 1. Brad Rupert, the sole successor candidate, received all votes cast to replace her.

  • Hang-glider pilot injured in crash on Lookout Mountain

    A hang-glider pilot crashed on Lookout Mountain on Thursday and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

    The pilot's glider crashed about 100 yards below the road, and rescue crews had to rapel down to reach him. Golden spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said the man was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in serious condition.

    Lookout Mountain Road was closed for a time after the accident.

  • Man arrested in attempted murder case

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect Oct. 16 in an attempted homicide case, a day after deputies searched a South Jeffco neighborhood in vain for the man.

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing related to an alleged Oct. 13 assault on Jadin Michael Cruickshank, 21.