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  • Fire extinguished at Columbine High School

    A fire in a ceiling at Columbine High School late Wednesday afternoon was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

    Welders installing a metal door on the north side of the school noticed smoke coming from the ceiling and called 911, said Littleton Fire Department spokesman Doug Ireland.

    Firefighters found some insulation and wood had ignited and were producing a large amount of smoke. Ireland said firefighters from Littleton, West Metro, South Metro and Englewood responded and extinguished the fire quickly.

  • Fire reportedly under control at Columbine High School

    At least four fire departments responded Wednesday evening to a report of a fire at Columbine High School.

    An information officer at the scene said the blaze was under control and that firefighters were checking to be sure the flames had not spread to other areas in the school.

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office said earlier that welders had been working at the school on Wednesday.

    Firefighters from the Littleton, Englewood, West Metro and South Metro fire departments responded.

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  • Littleton Election Commission rejects 'approval voting'

    Littleton’s Election Commission has decided to pass on implementing “approval voting” starting in the city’s 2015 elections.

    The Election Commission voted 2-1 against the change. Yet despite the “no” vote, the commission left open the possibility of revisiting the issue in the future. 

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.

  • Jefferson County Planning Commission approves creation of taxing district

    Jeffco’s Planning Commission has approved creating a metropolitan district for a proposed 50-home luxury development for seniors and empty-nesters at South Kipling Street and West Coal Mine Avenue.

    The Silver Leaf Metropolitan District, if approved by the Jeffco commissioners, will allow developer Skyland Meadows to assess property taxes on homeowners in its development to pay for $3.6 million in infrastructure.

  • Foothills approves contract to sell property at Wadsworth and Coal Mine

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has found a buyer for one of five properties it is attempting to sell to raise $4 million for capital-improvement projects and other expenses.

    The Foothills board of directors on June 25 approved the sale of a 5.47-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Coal Mine Avenue to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million.

  • Littleton fireworks shows still on schedule

    Get ready for some fireworks on the Fourth of July — just make sure you’re not the one putting on a show. 

    As of press time, fireworks displays were to go on as scheduled at Foothills Park & Rec’s Red, White & You celebration on Wednesday and at Littleton’s Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks on Thursday. 

    Last year both fireworks shows were canceled due to fire danger and dry weather.

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  • Evacuation alerts lifted for Willow Bend Fire

    Level 1 evacuation alerts were lifted Tuesday morning for the Willow Bend Fire, which had burned 1.5 acres on U.S. Forest Service land near Long Scraggy Peak.

    The wildfire, which started early Monday afternoon, was reported to be 70  percent contained on Tuesday afternoon.

    CodeRED calls went to 119 phones Monday between the South Platte River and Deckers, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and North Fork responded. A helicopter was being used to drop water on the blaze.

  • Survivor of Columbine shootings dies while on the job in N.M.

    A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 has died while working in New Mexico.

    Matthew Depew, 30, was electrocuted while working on power lines in Carlsbad, N.M., for Xcel Energy on June 15. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Department, all attempts to revive Depew were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.