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  • Littleton City Council to discuss recreational marijuana taxes

    Proposals to tax recreational marijuana and hotel guests will get public hearings on Aug. 20 before the Littleton City Council decides whether to put them on the Nov. 5 ballot.

    The council also is expected to make its decision at the Aug. 20 meeting, which is set to start at 7 p.m. in Littleton City Hall. Both tax proposals must go to voters for approval thanks to the Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights. 

  • Algae reappears in Johnston Reservoir

    The blue-green algae that caused the Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park to close last summer is making an appearance again. 

    The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Last August, the algae became so pervasive that the Jeffco Public Health Department prohibited wading, fishing or contact with water in the reservoir. 

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District recently found the algae blooms.

  • Back to the drawing board for Broadstone

    Littleton’s City Council has sent the controversial Broadstone at Littleton Station development back to the planning board for reconsideration after the developer offered to reduce the size of the project. 

    The council decided 6-1 to hold off on a final vote after the developer, Alliance Residential Co., offered modifications to its proposed development just hours before the meeting. Councilman Jerry Valdes voted no because he said he wanted the council to proceed and if Alliance wanted to make changes, it could bring them before the council at a later date.

  • Jeffco selected for alternative fuel pilot program

    Jefferson County has been selected by Refuel Colorado Fleets to pilot a project to help reduce petroleum use and save money using alternative fuel vehicle options.

    Jefferson joins Larimer, Routt, Boulder, Adams, Garfield, Mesa, Montezuma and La Plata counties in the pilot project.

     “Jefferson County’s selection means that we’ll be working with fleets in the area to identify opportunities where alternative fuels may help save money and improve air quality,” said Tyler Svitak, one of four Refuel Colorado Fleets coaches.

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    From the ‘man-bites-dog’ file

  • Proposed land swap for Community Corrections move abandoned

    A proposed land swap that would have moved Jeffco’s Community Corrections services from the current location in Lakewood to a new home in unincorporated Jeffco has been abandoned.

    The deal would have involved swapping the Community Corrections headquarters at Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, and 4 acres at West Colfax Avenue and Wild Acres Road in unincorporated Jeffco next to Lakewood.

  • Instrument donations add upbeat note to young lives

    It’s not often that the blues are associated with a reason to smile.

    But for Blue Star Connection, a nonprofit started by blues guitarist John Catt, putting a smile on kids’ faces has been the overriding mission since he gave the first guitar away in 2005. 

    The group works to put instruments in the hands of children fighting cancer or dealing with some other obstacle in their lives. Catt said the idea was born nine years ago when he met a boy with cancer after playing a show.

  • Buyer for land at Wadsworth and Coal Mine plans medical complex

    The potential buyer for a parcel of land at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue currently owned by the Foothills Parks & Rec District hopes to build a two-story hospital and medical complex on the site. 

    The Foothills board of directors had previously approved the sale of the 5.6-acre lot on northwest corner of Wadsworth and Coal Mine to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million. At the time of the sale, the developer hadn’t released plans for the site. 

  • Strike a pose

    Nikki Quinn leads a free yoga class offered through Aspen Grove on Saturday at the green space at the shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive. The 9 a.m. class will be held every Saturday morning through October, or as long as weather permits.

  • Wider sidewalks, more trash cans suggested for Clement Park

    More trash cans and wider sidewalks were just two of the upgrades suggested for Clement Park at the first public meeting on a master plan for the park’s future.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has hired Stanley Consultants to help formulate the master plan, which will act as a road map for repairs and upgrades at the 25-year-old park.