Local News

  • Protest at tire store targets labor practices

    A protest linked to Carpenters Union Local 55 is under way at Les Schwab Tires at West Bowles Avenue and South Alkire Street to draw attention to a claim of unfair labor practices.

    The Les Schwab Co., which is based in Bend, Ore., says the dispute is between a contractor and subcontractor of the new store and has nothing to do with the company.

    About four days a week, a couple of hired workers have been posting a banner on the sidewalk south of the store and passing out fliers to people who stop and ask questions.

  • Panel debates amendment legalizing marijuana in Colorado

    Opponents of Amendment 64 say legalizing the recreational use of marijuana will make Colorado a drug mecca with a massive industry fueled by laws more liberal than those in the Netherlands.

    Proponents say legalization will end the drug war, put the Mexican cartels out of business, and save millions of dollars the police and courts now spend on convicting and incarcerating pot users.

  • Mauser speaks out on gun attitudes and myths

    Thirteen years after the Columbine High shootings, Tom Mauser continues to be baffled by the proliferation of guns and gun violence in the United States.

    The U.S. by far has the most gun violence among the world’s 23 wealthiest countries, Mauser said.

    “We have the weakest gun laws and the highest gun-death rate. We are unique in allowing military assault weapons, as well as open and concealed carry. Other nations think we are crazy,” Mauser said.

  • Jeffco Library again explores establishing an independent district

    The trustees of the Jefferson County Public Library discussed in a preliminary way at the Oct. 18 monthly meeting the possibility of resurrecting a campaign to establish an independent library district.

    The board agreed informally to authorize executive director Pam Nissler to begin to collect information on what it would cost to operate the district, which is now under the supervision of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

    Nissler said the senior management group would be ready to present its conclusions sometime in the spring of 2013.

  • Late-night shooting leaves one man dead, teen injured

    An 18-year-old man was shot to death and a 17-year-old was sent to Swedish Hospital with gunshot wounds late Friday.

    Police responded to shots fired at 5400 S. Fox St. about 11:11 p.m., according to a news release from the city of Littleton.

    There was no further information on the names of the victims or whether any arrests were made.

  • Teen escapes would-be abductor in South Jeffco

    A 14-year-old boy managed to escape the clutches of a would-be abductor on the evening of Oct. 15 and flee to his South Jeffco home.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that the incident occurred near Falcon Bluffs Middle School between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday in the 8200 block of West Toller Avenue.

    The teen, who was walking home from a friend’s house, said a man in a dark blue or black sedan began following him and then stopped the car and shouted “Hey!”

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  • Pumpkins on the prowl at annual fest

    The Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 14 at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield brought out many Littleton residents to enjoy the harvest season and gasp over some gorgeous gourds.

  • Ballots arriving in the mail this week

     There are multiple ways to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. In addition to Election Day precinct polling places, there will be mail-in voting and early voting.

    Early voting is available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 in the Department of Motor Vehicle locations and Jeffco public libraries listed below.

    To register to vote, visit one of the DMV voter service centers listed below. Or, to register online, visit www.GoVoteColorado.

  • Not-so-great debates

    Another low turnout by Republican candidates at an election forum last week again denied South Jeffco voters the chance to hear political rivals contrast their views at the same venue.

    So far this campaign season, face-to-face meetings have been few in two key South Jeffco races for the state legislature: Republican Justin Everett versus Democrat Mary Parker in House District 22, and Democrat Andy Kerr versus Republican Ken Summers in Senate District 25.