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Local News

  • Ballot forum canceled as urban-renewal battle intensifies

    The battle continues in Littleton over urban renewal, as a citizen activist group dropped out of a Feb. 12 forum on competing ballot issues, saying it was overwhelmed by the outside funds pouring into the local campaign.

    “It all comes down to time and money. When you look at our opposition and the amount of money being dumped into it by developers, we don’t have that luxury,” said Carol Brzeczek, a member of Your Littleton, Your Vote.

  • Jeffco, Ken-Caryl eye land swap

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has given initial approval to a potential land swap with the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District that could lead to a new trail in the Ken-Caryl area that connects multiple trails in Jeffco.

    Under the deal, Jeffco Open Space would deed over the property on which the district’s community center is located in exchange for a trail easement along the Hogback from the Ken-Caryl Master Association, said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Parks and Open Space director.

  • CDOT gathers input on noise ahead of C-470 expansion

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has asked residents near C-470 how traffic noise should best be mitigated once the highway is widened.

    At two public meetings Feb. 10 and 11, CDOT presented findings on possible noise increases from the planned addition of lanes between Interstate 25 and Kipling Street. As part of the federally mandated process, CDOT and the developers of the C-470 toll-lane project were required to conduct noise testing along the corridor and propose possible mitigation plans.

  • Controlled burn planned Tuesday in Waterton Canyon

    A controlled burn in the Waterton Canyon area was planned for Tuesday afternoon.

    The Colorado State Patrol’s Twitter feed warned residents in the Ken-Caryl area that they might see smoke from the burn. There was no mention of the burn on social media by West Metro Fire Rescue.

    Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.

  • Neighbors of planned BMX bicycle track voice concerns

    Neighbors of a future BMX bicycle track in South Jeffco are worried about impacts on traffic and noise levels, as well as possible obstructed views.

    But the Foothills Park and Recreation District, which owns the land, and the nonprofit group building the track for the non-motorized bikes believe it will become a popular community amenity.

  • Bus driver faces charges in altercation with student

    A Jeffco Public Schools bus driver who is accused of grabbing a disruptive 12-year-old by his throat on his bus Jan. 30 will face child abuse charges in county court next month.

    David Blanchard, a 63-year-old Littleton resident, will face two counts of misdemeanor child abuse March 23 in Jefferson County Court. 

    Blanchard was picking students up from Bear Creek K-8 at 3 p.m. Jan. 30 when a 12-year-old male student allegedly became disruptive, according to Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

  • Commissioners supportive of grant for Clement Park

    A $1 million grant from Jeffco Open Space to help replace Clement Park’s irrigation system looks to have support from the county commissioners.

    The grant, which requires a $1 million match from the Foothills Park and Recreation District, was part of a Jan. 27 presentation to the commissioners during their weekly briefings.

  • Cemetery working to get Mount Lindo cross back in lights

    The company that owns Mount Lindo Cemetery off U.S. 285 hopes to have its giant cross shining without interruption by the fall.

    The lights on the 400-foot-high cross have been off intermittently since September due to weather, age and, oddly, bullets, said Gill Giddens, general manager of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

    “There’s been lightning strikes up there, just normal weather issues, blizzards and everything else,” Giddens said.

  • Legislators hope to rename road for late sheriff’s sergeant

    A group of legislators is proposing to rename a section of Colorado 93 in honor of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin, who died Jan. 26, 2014, when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.

    A bipartisan joint resolution by state Rep. Jon Keyser and co-sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson and state Sen. Cheri Jahn would rename the highway from mile marker zero to Colorado 72 the “JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.” Baldwin was on duty at the time of the accident.

  • Commissioners OK rezoning for self-storage center

    A zoning change to allow construction of a self-storage center on West Belleview Avenue just west of South Simms Street was approved Jan. 27 by Jeffco’s county commissioners.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier voted to add a storage center to allowable uses for the 2.56-acre property under planned development zoning. The plan for the property, which is just west of a Comfort Dental and Walgreens, is for a 50,000-square-foot center with 460 storage units.