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Today's News

  • Pint-size people populate parade

    A motley crew mingled in Bega Park on Saturday as they waited for a firetruck to lead them down Littleton Boulevard. Several fairies took laps on their bicycles, while a couple of cowboys mounted stick horses and moseyed along.

    The Littleton Firefighters Children’s Parade drew a large crowd of pint-size participants Saturday morning. The event, part of Western Welcome Week, was the warm-up act for the Grande Parade later in the day.

    Yet for participants in the kids’ parade, it was the highlight of the day.

  • Sibling rivalry, timely shots help Tait

    BROOMFIELD — Columbine golfers Marcus and Michael Tait have a friendly sibling rivalry on the links.

    And while Michael may be a couple of years older, there’s no doubt that Marcus, a sophomore, takes pride in beating his older brother, like he did Aug. 14 at the Broadlands Golf Course.

    “Yeah, there is. We don’t like to talk about it,” Tait joked about the sibling rivalry.

  • Troop support group holds fund-raiser at Clement Park

    Colorado Supporting Our Troops, a charity that supports members of the armed forces serving overseas, is literally helping soldiers shine a light on their work.

    The group, which held a fund-raising event at Clement Park on Saturday, recently sent an $800 spotlight to an Army unit serving in Afghanistan. The light, which replaced one destroyed in a mortar attack, is used by trucks on night patrol to search for roadside bombs, said Lainey Hamrick.

    The fund-raiser featured a fitness boot camp and silent auction.

  • Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrates 100th birthday

    Ken-Caryl Ranch celebrated its 100th birthday with a little old-time flair.

    The Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society hosted a birthday party Aug. 9 to celebrate the community’s founding, when John Charles Shaffer bought the original 2,660 acres of land on Oct. 17, 1914. Shaffer named the ranch after his two sons, Kent and Carroll.

    The event was a throwback to the community’s founding, with a barbershop quartet, banjos and a vintage fashion show featuring clothes from the turn of the 20th century.

  • Plan to annex mall facing ballot deadline

    Bow Mar has less than a week to decide if it will place a sales-tax question on November’s ballot as part of a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town.

    Mall owner General Growth Properties approached the town earlier this year about annexing the mall, which is in unincorporated Jefferson County. The annexation would let the town levy a sales tax on businesses in the mall, with the revenue split between the town and General Growth Properties. The company could spend the money only on improvements and upkeep to public areas of the mall.

  • Arrest made in fatal shooting in Littleton

    An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a 55-year-old man in Littleton last week.

    Joshua “Josh” Hoppe, 32, was arrested early Wednesday morning in east Denver. Littleton police had identified Hoppe as a suspect in the fatal shooting on Aug. 13, and he currently faces a charge of first-degree murder.

  • All work for child's play

    The lot behind The Ridge Recreation Center was empty at the start of the day on Aug. 9. By sunset, a new playground had materialized in the space.

    More than 250 volunteers from the Columbine Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including about a dozen kids handing out lemonade and water, made quick work of building the playground for the Foothills Park and Recreation District.

    The community effort was the fourth time the church has helped build a playground for the district in one day, said event organizer Kerry Schaper.

  • Open Space plan suggests using more social media

    Expanding the use of social media is a key strategy of the communications and community plan for Jeffco Open Space, which Thea Rock presented to the Open Space Advisory Committee on Aug. 7.

    “We have 3,000 people who follow us on Facebook. We would like to increase that to 7,000,” Rock said.
    Expanding Twitter followers from 1,300 to 5,000 also is in the plan, she said.

    “They reach a different demographic,” Rock remarked.

    A recent study showed that 26 percent of the community would like to receive information about parks through e-mail, and 23 percent use the Internet, said Rock.

  • Jeffco Safety Fair slated Saturday

    The Jeffco Safety Fair is aiming to be a one-stop shop for information and help in keeping county residents safe.

    The fair, on Saturday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, features fun activities designed for the entire family, said Jeffco district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. Even more than entertaining people, Russell said, the goal of the fair is to promote safe practices in every aspect of daily life.

  • Jeffco students’ TCAP scores improve

    Jeffco Public Schools continue to outperform the state in reading, math and science based on last year’s TCAP scores, which were released by the Colorado Department of Education last Thursday.

    “In math, we saw great gains with our Jeffco eighth- and ninth-graders, who gained three to four points in proficiency last year,” Jeffco chief academic officer Syna Morgan said in a news release. “Jeffco continued to outpace the state on the Colorado ACT scores … from 21.2 in 2013 to 21.5 in 2014.”