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  • Littleton police chief candidates narrowed to five

    The search for Littleton’s new police chief has been narrowed to five candidates. 

    Littleton has released the names of the five finalists to replace Police Chief Heather Coogan, who announced her retirement Jan. 18. Coogan’s retirement takes effect April 1. 

    The list of five was narrowed from 45 applicants. 

  • Jail prisoner who committed suicide identified

     

    The prisoner found dead in his cell at the Jefferson County jail has been identified as Eric Vasquez, 24. 

    Vasquez had been transferred by the Colorado Department of Corrections to Jeffco for a hearing on an identity-theft charge, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the DOC. Vazquez had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance and had been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

  • Hours changing at Littleton post offices

    Littleton’s five post offices will adjust their hours starting April 1 as part of a metro-wide review of postal operations.

    The reductions are part of a normal review of the post office’s retail operations, said David Rupert, the U.S. Postal Service’s Colorado spokesman.

  • RTD conducts tour of west light-rail line, with opening on the horizon

    After almost four years of construction, the grand opening of RTD’s west light-rail line is just a month away. 

    The 12.1 miles of new track, set to open April 26, will connect Golden and the West Sixth Avenue corridor to downtown Denver and the rest of RTD’s light-rail system. The line represents the first completed stage of light-rail expansion as part of RTD’s FasTracks program, a $6.4 billion, voter-approved expansion of commuter and light-rail lines in the Denver area.

  • Sheriff's Calls

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  • The greening of Littleton

    Littleton is looking for ways to go green, and it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.

    During a March 12 study session, the City Council heard reports on a possible fee on plastic shopping bags and what options the city has in regard to providing more solar power to residents.

    Councilmen Bruce Stahlman, who asked for the issues to be considered, said both would promote sustainability in the city, one of the seven goals the council has adopted for the next several years.

  • Suspect in Jeffco slaying on FBI's Most Wanted List

    A suspect in a 2011 slaying in Jeffco has been placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

    Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, 29, is a suspect in the slaying of Richard Limon, 69, in August 2011. Limon’s body was dumped along Lariat Loop Road on Lookout Mountain and was discovered by cyclists. He had been bound with duct tape, beaten and stabbed multiple times.

  • Jeffco Commissioners return from DC conclave

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were back in session last week after all three attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    The conference, which took place March 2-6, drew about 2,000 representatives from county governments from across the country.

  • Foothills grappling with budget challenges

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has begun discussing how it will finance more than $35 million in capital repairs to park facilities, and how it will cope with a projected budget shortfall of more that $1.4 million by 2018.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp said that over the last several years, the district has frozen salaries and delayed capital projects to stay within its budget.

  • Planning Commission votes to allow chickens, bees to be kept in neighborhoods with residential zoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 4-2 on March 6 to allow chickens and bees to be kept in residential-zoned areas in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    The changes would allow up to six chickens and one hive at homes in all residential zones, as long as the lot size is a minimum of 4,000 square feet and the owner meets other requirements on the housing and placement of the birds and bees.

    The board members who cast the no votes, chairman Larry Anna and Tim Rogers, both expressed concern about an exception to setback rules for chicken coops.