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Local News

  • Council approves changes to two urban renewal plans

    With voters set to decide March 3 if Littleton residents will need to vote on new urban renewal plans or on changes to existing plans, the City Council approved the use of sales-tax revenue for redevelopment of Columbine Square but declined to do the same for the South Santa Fe corridor.

  • Council urged to ask ACC to keep pool open

    Users of Arapahoe Community College’s swimming pool want the Littleton City Council to persuade ACC not to close the facility.

    The college announced late last year that it intended to close the 39-year-old pool this year to make way for more activities like yoga and Pilates. Since then a group of users, including participants in Silver Sneakers swim classes and members of local swim teams, have been trying to get the college to change its mind.

  • Jeffco approves rezoning for 262-unit apartment complex

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have approved a rezoning for a new 262-unit apartment complex on the southwest corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Alkire Street, despite opposition from neighbors and the county’s planning staff.

    The 12.3-acre property has been rezoned from planned development and agricultural-2 zoning to a planned development zoning that would allow the Belle Vista development to be built. The eight-building apartment complex, which would not include a clubhouse, would have one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

  • 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.