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Today's News

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • West Metro might shut down fire engine in Ken-Caryl

    West Metro Fire Rescue is considering shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area, along with reducing staff, to cut costs after voters rejected a tax increase in May.

    The proposed cuts, including shutting down the fire engine at Station 14 with its three firefighters in Ken-Caryl Ranch near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Street, would amount to $2.1 million in next year’s budget if the cuts are approved by the district's Board of Directors, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Incidents prompt board member to enroll daughters in private school

    Graffiti targeting school board member John Newkirk near his youngest daughter's elementary school prompted the family to enroll their girls in a private school for the 2014-15 school year.

    “After much thought and discussion, our family made the decision to move our daughters to an alternate school environment for the 2014-15 year,” Newkirk said.

    Newkirk declined to name the school his daughters are attending but said it is a “faith-based” school in Littleton.

  • Mortensen Elementary turns 20

    By Stephanie Alderton

    Staff Writer

    Twenty years ago, the gym at Mortensen Elementary had pink walls before the school's first students came through the doors.

    Last Thursday afternoon it echoed with the voices of more than 400 students, staff and guests wishing happy birthday to the school. And the walls were a less-eye-popping gray.

  • Summerset making a comeback

    A year after torrential rains washed out the Summerset Festival for the first time in its 30-year history, organizers are putting the final touches on this year’s festival while keeping an eye on the sky.

    “Literally, we got rain on our parade last year. It was devastating for everyone's morale,” said Lora Knowlton, executive director of the Foothills Foundation, the organization that puts on the event. “Now everyone is excited and on task to finish setting up for the festival.”

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.

  • Bacon is life — or a slice of it, anyhow

    Some like it crisp and others prefer their pig more pliable, but in the spirit of bringing home the bacon, downtown Littleton put pork on parade Saturday.

    “Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s delicious,” said Aaron Ehrhardt of Littleton.

    Ehrhardt and his wife, Tyleen, made the short walk to join hundreds celebrating side meat at the Alferd Packer Bacon Party. The event featured live music, drinks and several food trucks that served up the guest of honor.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Hear her roar

  • School Board renews attorney's contract

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board extended the contract with its attorney for one year.

    The board hired Colorado Springs attorney Brad Miller last Dec. 12 on an identical split vote, just one month after members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were elected. Board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted against and have been questioning Miller’s hiring for the last eight months.

  • New member joins board of urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has named a new member to the board of the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    Justin Hay was approved unanimously by the council on Sept. 2 to fill a seat left vacant when Bill Lajoie resigned earlier this year. Hay will be on the board for LIFT’s next meeting Sept. 15.