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Today's News

  • Littleton Planning Board delays vote on two urban renewal plans

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hit pause on its decision on two urban renewal plans approved by Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. 

    The Planning Board discussed plans for two of the four areas being considered for urban renewal projects, Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe corridor, during its Aug. 25 meeting. The board voted to continue its discussion at a special meeting Sept. 11. 

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

    A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

  • Foothills puts property-tax increase on ballot

    Residents of the Foothills Park and Recreation District will be asked for a 4-mill property-tax increase to help the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

    The district’s Board of Directors approved the ballot question Aug. 26 for November’s election. The increase would raise taxes by $95.52 annually for $300,000 homes throughout the district; the owner of that home would pay a total of  $276.03 annually if the increase is approved.  

  • CDOT outlines toll-lane project on C-470

    The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks adding a tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard is the right solution to traffic congestion. 

    CDOT presented possible funding options for the project Aug. 19 during one of several town hall meetings scheduled over the next month. The tolls would cover a large chunk of the project’s $230 million price tag, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford. 

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL 
    Clary, Eagles offense has its way in win over Silver Creek
    LAKEWOOD — Adam Clary completed 16 of 24 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns as Dakota Ridge rolled to a 42-22 win over Silver Creek on Sept. 5 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Connor Neyen caught seven passes for 178 yards and a score, while Nick Cohn caught four more for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Lujan rushed 25 times for 134 yards and three scores.

  • Lady Chargers, Rebels have room to grow

    ARVADA — Overall, Elizabeth Dominguez was content with how she fared at Chatfield’s 5A Jeffco League gymnastics encounter with host Arvada West on Sept. 3. But the Lady Chargers senior also knows that there’s room to improve, especially early in the season.

  • Weather wreaks havoc at Meadows

    Mother Nature seems to be rather fond of The Meadows Golf Course this season, and it has proved costly for boy golfers in the 5A Jeffco League.

    For the second time this season, weather played havoc at the course. The first time — on Aug. 18 — players only managed to get in five holes before the tournament was postponed until Sept. 4. This time, everybody got through at least nine holes, though, for some, that turned out to be a negative rather than a positive.

  • Chatfield finds a rhythm, sweeps Columbine

    It’s not all that uncommon for John Simpson to talk to himself in the third person during a boys tennis match. The Chatfield junior and No. 3 singles player will say things to get himself in the right mindset to win, even if his friends and colleagues find that to be a little awkward.

    “I guess sometimes they find it a little funny, a little weird. I don’t really mind that. If it helps that’s the only thing that matters,” Simpson said.