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Today's News

  • Becoming American

    Thirty-seven immigrants from across the world stood in the Littleton City Council chambers, surrounded by their friends and families. They raised their right hands and pledged loyalty to their new country. 

    When the ceremony ended Sept. 17, the 37 immigrants had been replaced with 37 U.S. citizens.

    The story of America is the story of the immigrants who come here to start a new life, saying goodbye to homes and past lives in the ultimate gamble on a new beginning. 

  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.

  • Wild blue yonder: Balloon club takes flight at Chatfield State Park

    On a day when the skies are clear and the winds calm, a small, tight-knit community descends on an empty field in Chatfield State Park and ascends to new heights. 

    In the early-morning light on Sept. 20, members of the Colorado Balloon Club unloaded their equipment, unfurled their balloons and attached their baskets. Soon, those left on the ground watched as the balloons and their passengers slowly floated away. 

  • Jeffco board member stands by her request for curriculum review

    School board member Julie Williams continues to stand by her request for a controversial curriculum review committee despite countywide walkouts and demonstrations by Jeffco students.

    “To be accused of censorship? Seriously? That is just ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday morning. “I am advocating for just the opposite.”

  • Student protests continue Wednesday, include Chatfield, Dakota Ridge

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • Littleton pledges to consult all taxing entities on urban renewal

    The Littleton City Council has pledged to consult all involved taxing entities on the use of tax-increment financing for urban renewal.

    The resolution, approved on a 7-0 vote Sept. 16,  means all affected taxing entities, including Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban Park and Recreation and Arapahoe County, will be included in conversations about redevelopment using tax-increment financing. 

  • A sign of the (political) times

    The county commissioners want to deliver some clear signs to Jeffco residents on signage — specifically, what signs are allowed and what ones violate zoning rules.

    With another campaign season in full spin, the Planning and Zoning Department has clarified its signage policies. The county recently has issued more than a few zoning violations for improperly placed or non-conforming signs, especially those of the political variety. The county commissioners heard a staff briefing on the matter Sept. 9. 

  • Teacher salaries capped in compensation plan

    The best-paid teachers in Jeffco will earn just more than $81,000 this year.

    The Jeffco school board continued its work on the district’s new teacher compensation model at its meeting last Thursday, which included the maximum $81,030 salary.

     “Having that high-water mark, we will not only attract but also retain the great teachers we have in our system,” said Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Columbine High School lockdown over

    Columbine High School was under lockdown Monday morning after the school received a threat. 

    Jeffco Public Schools sent out a tweet about the lockdown about 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and notified parents, said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for the district. The school was out of lockdown by noon.

    Reeves said school activities continued as normal inside the school during a lockout, but no one is allowed to enter or leave school buildings. 

  • Hunting for history: Hundreds pursue the past during scavenger hunt

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Treasure hunters of all ages went looking for the past on Littleton’s historic Main Street last Saturday.

    Historic Littleton Inc. kicked off its third annual scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. to the music of a barbershop quartet outside the Town Hall Arts Center. Each group of contestants received a ballot containing clues and a map to the 15 local businesses where the answers could be found.