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  • Developer seeks to boost units in South Rapp Street project

    The developer of a proposed residential complex approved for land across the street from Arapahoe Community College wants to expand the number of units in the development. 

    The Sullivan-Littleton Lofts development, which would be on South Rapp Street next to ACC’s Littleton campus, had originally been approved in 2007 for 52 residential units along with five live/work commercial spaces. 

  • West Metro Fire voters reject tax increase

    Unofficial results released Tuesday afternoon showed with 96 percent of the votes counted that 16,580 votes were cast against the tax hike and 15,749 in favor. 

    West Metro said the ballot count should end by Wednesday, May 14.

    The turnout set a record for West Metro elections, with 30,000 ballots cast.

  • Incumbent Reddy loses Inter-Canyon seat

    Newcomer Kerry Prielipp and incumbents Leslie Caimi and Karl Firor captured the three available seats on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board, according to Tuesday’s unofficial election results.

    Two-term incumbent Michael Reddy lost his bid for re-election.

    The unofficial vote totals:

    • Leslie Caimi: 49 votes

    • Karl Firor: 45 votes

    • Kerry Prielipp: 39 votes

    • Michael Reddy: 32 votes

  • 1,000 throng school board meeting

    The topics of teacher raises and full-day kindergarten drew 1,000 people to the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday, leading to more than four hours of public comment.

    Because of the fire-safety occupancy limit, more than 400 people were turned away from the meeting, which was held in the auditorium at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood.

    Many of the teachers at the meeting spoke out about the need for pay increases and the financial troubles some are experiencing. 

  • Waterton Canyon closed for four days this week

    Denver Water has closed Waterton Canyon to recreational activities for four days this week, until Saturday morning. 

    The closure is part of a dust mitigation program. During the four days, both the canyon and the parking lot are closed. 

  • Littleton residents left up a tree when grant program gets pruned

    A grant program to help Littleton residents remove trees has been pruned by the city as redundant, but a similar program run by a local nonprofit apparently won’t fill the bill.

    The City Council approved changes to the city’s tree policy on April 15, including the elimination of a grant program for homeowners to remove trees or limbs that have been identified as a public safety concern. 

  • ‘Quality’ candidates apply for superintendent

    A number of quality candidates have applied to be Jeffco’s newest school superintendent, Bill Newman of Ray and Associates told the Jeffco school board last Thursday. 

    “We have good numbers in the pool,” Newman said. “We’d like to certainly proceed with the schedule as planned because it looks like it will be a robust pool (of candidates).”

  • 200 West Metro voters get duplicate ballots

    The West Metro Fire Protection District said about 200 voters received two mail-in ballots for the district’s May 6 election. 

    West Metro said the error was caused by variations in names and addresses between a list of registered voters  from the Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office and a list of property owners from the county assessor’s office. 

  • Man who fired at deputies during standoff convicted

    A Morrison man who fired shots at Jeffco sheriff’s deputies during an armed standoff last July was  convicted by a jury April 22 of 39 separate charges.

    Ralph Barnhardt, 45, was arrested at his home at 12574 W. Grand Ave. after a domestic violence incident led to the standoff with deputies. 

    According to court documents, Barnhardt and his wife had been separated for two months when he demanded that she and their son go to his home and feed his dogs. The woman and their 10-year-old son went to the house and found Barnhardt there. 

  • Marijuana-related explosion hospitalizes one

    An explosion at a townhome in Littleton on Saturday night that sent a man to the hospital allegedly was caused by butane being used to make marijuana hash oil, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    A man and a woman in the unit, which is south of Coal Mine Avenue and east of Kipling Parkway, were using butane to make the marijuana byproduct when the explosion occurred, the Sheriff's Office said. Two children, a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old, also were in the townhome but were uninjured.