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Today's News

  • Beer, brats and treasured traditions

    Morrison is more than 5,000 miles from the German Alps, but over the weekend it proved to be a fine substitute for those seeking the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest.

    The T.E.V. Edelweiss Club drew hundreds to Morrison for the German autumn celebration with brats, dancing, beer and plenty of German culture.

    The club, founded in 1958, has hosted cultural events like the traditional Oktoberfest since its inception to keep alive and celebrate German culture, said Amy Dodd, a life-long member of the club.

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • Neville eyeing bid for U.S. Senate

    Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is "doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know" to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.

    Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.

  • Incumbent, citizen activist square off in Littleton City Council race for District 4

    The makeup of the Littleton City Council could change dramatically in the Nov. 3 election.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election. Residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

    Over the next several weeks, the Columbine Courier will be previewing each race.

    District 4

  • County departments make budget requests to Jeffco commissioners

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are in the midst of discussions on the county’s 2016 budget.

    Each county department presented its case to the three commissioners on how it should be funded next year and why, in some cases, the departments should be funded at a higher level. The commissioners will vote in December on a final version of the 2016 spending plan.

  • Raises reduce attrition among Jefferson County employees

    Jefferson County has seen a significant improvement in employee retention in its Human Services Department and in the Sheriff’s Office, after additional pay raises were approved for both agencies this year.

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its attrition rate for deputies decrease from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent so far in 2015, closer to the target rate of 5 to 6 percent. The attrition rate in Human Services dropped from 23.6 percent last year to 11.5 percent so far this year, on target to the public-sector market average of 12 to 14 percent.

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • Local brewery aims to be a headliner at Brews & Views

    The Brews & Views festival on Saturday will bring more than 30 breweries to Hudson Gardens to show off their suds. While some operations will travel hundreds of miles to the event, Littleton’s Locavore Beer Works will be right at home.

    The brewery, owned by friends Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson, opened in November and has been packing in customers at 5950 S. Platte Canyon Road. Nelson and Reinhardt met in a home-brewing club five years ago, and what started with nights in their garages dreaming up recipes has turned into a new career.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

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