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Today's News

  • Wunderbar! Biergarten Festival in Morrison draws enthusiastic crowds

    The mountain air in Morrision last weekend was full of the sounds of polka, the clanking of beer steins and the smell of fresh-made bratwurst.

    Denver’s Biergarten Festival, sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce, brought the feel of a Munich Biergarten to the foothills as a way to help celebrate German culture, said chamber President Fred Beisser. The chamber’s goal is to promote business and cultural ties between Colorado and Germany.

  • Jeffco failed to properly post annexation meeting where Tighe, Rosier spoke

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Law last week when they discussed public business at a gathering that had not been posted in advance as a meeting of the commission.

    The violation is the latest in a longstanding legacy in Jeffco government. In settling a lawsuit filed by the Courier in 2007, the county acknowledged open-meetings abuses and pledged not to break the law again. Two years later, two commissioners did just that by discussing public business via e-mail.

  • Spotlight shines on linemen at Hog Olympics

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Talk about hog heaven: five-man teams competing in a truck push, tug-o-war, tire-flip relay, tire toss, 150-pound bench press repetitions and a dummy-carry relay.

    It doesn’t get any better for offensive and defensive linemen. The guys who often toil in anonymity had their day in the scorching sun at the Hog Olympics on July 11 at Heritage High School.

    Unlike their skill-player counterparts, summer competitions are few and far between for the grunts.

  • 4 men thank Fire Rescue for saving them after cardiac arrests

    When people experience heart-stopping moments of the figurative kind, that’s usually a positive; a literal heart-stopping moment can be deadly unless life-saving actions are taken immediately.

    Thanks to those immediate life-saving actions, four men, all of whom had recent cardiac arrests, thanked the people who helped save their lives.

    On July 9, William Brewton, Victor Anderson and Michael Howell thanked the Littleton Fire Rescue first responders.

  • Questions remain about proposed mall annexation

    Residents looking for details on a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza Mall by Bow Mar left a town hall meeting with Commissioner Casey Tighe on July 10 with more questions than answers.

    Tighe said he called the meeting as a way to gauge the public’s interest and get input on the proposed annexation. Yet county and Bow Mar officials didn’t have details people were seeking.

  • Man arrested in connection with sex assault of woman he met online

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for women who might have been the victim of sexual assault after meeting a man online. 

    The Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Michael Miller recently on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he met on the Internet. Through its investigation, the Sheriff’s Office believes there could be other victims who have not reported alleged sex assaults. 

  • Fund is started to pay for burial service for boy who drowned

    A fund has been started to help pay the cost of a burial service for a young boy who died after falling into Chatfield Reservoir. 

    Andres Patrick Sena, 4, of Littleton was the victim of an accidental drowning at Chatfield Reservoir on July 5. A family friend has started an effort to raise money for funeral services on the website gofundme.com.

    The city of Littleton is helping with the fund-raising efforts by getting the message out. Andres’ great-uncle, Rick Dodson, is a 25-year employee of Littleton’s building maintenance division. 

  • Fighting a war, at home and abroad

    The sacrifices made by U.S. soldiers on foreign battlefields during World War II and the support from Americans back home are the focus of a new exhibit at the Littleton Museum.

    “Littleton Goes to War: 1941-1945,” a year-long exhibit that opened July 5, not only traces the arc of the global conflict but also shows the major roles that places like Littleton played, said museum director Tim Nimz.

  • Woehr vying for House District 25 seat as Libertarian candidate

    Libertarian Jack Woehr is launching his campaign for the state House District 25 seat for the second time in recent years.

    “I am running because the political system has gotten kind of toxic,” Woehr said. “Gone are the days of the honorable opponent.”

    This year Woehr is challenging two political newcomers who are vying in House District 25, Democrat Janet Doyle and Republican Jon Keyser. Incumbent Republican Cheri Gerou decided to retire from office.

  • Library bubble demonstration has kids' eyes popping

    Littleton kids got the inside scoop on bubbles recently — by getting inside them.

    Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler brought her "bubble-ology" presentation to Bemis Public Library on July 1, demonstrating how to make unbreakable bubbles, educational bubbles — and how to put a youngster inside a bubble. 

    Winkler uses everything from granny curlers, pasta strainers, fly swatters and coat hangers to create her bubbles, eliciting “oohs and aahs” from the youngsters, who don't always manage to stay seated during the performance.