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Today's News

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • School district approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote on Oct. 2, the Jeffco school board approved an amended version of a plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.
    The two existing committees will report directly to the board. Before last Thursday night’s decision, the existing curriculum review committees had reported only to district administration.

  • Bikers band together for Emily’s Parade

    The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn’t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.

    More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily’s Parade to honor victims of school violence. The event is named for Emily Keyes, the 16-year-old student shot and killed in 2006 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School. 

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.

  • Downtown merchants not buying permit process for sidewalk sales

    Littleton doesn’t know if a new outdoor display policy downtown is working because no businesses have applied for a special permit to display merchandise on the sidewalk. 

    The Littleton City Council in May approved a zoning ordinance allowing businesses to display merchandise on the sidewalk with a free permit up to three times a month and 36 times a year. The displays had been illegal before, but the code hadn’t been enforced. 

  • Susan Klebold signs book deal

    Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine High School gunman Dylan Klebold, is set to write a book dealing with her family’s struggle to come to terms with the horrific events of April 20, 1999. 

    The Crown Publishing Group, a branch of Penguin Random House, announced the deal Sept. 23. 

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    For Inter-Canyon Fire Chief Randy Simpson, Sept. 20 was a day of reflection as his department celebrated 60 years of providing fire, medical and emergency services to the community. 

    “I feel honored today,” Simpson said. “This department started out with just a few guys who thought we needed a fire department up here. Now it’s a sophisticated department with volunteers and equipment.”

  • Two South Jeffco flood-control projects are funded

    Two projects involving flood control and stormwater detention in South Jeffco will get underway a year ahead of schedule with funds from a postponed project. 

    The county’s Development and Transportation Department will shift funds to make improvements at Beer Sisters Lake Reservoir north of Bowles Avenue and east of Simms Street, and in the Massey Draw on the Deer Creek Golf Course. The funding came from a project at Mount Olivet Reservoir that’s been delayed by an easement issue. 

  • Two new stores to open in Aspen Grove shopping center

    By Stephanie Alderton

    For the Courier

    Two new businesses will be moving into the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive in the next two months.

    Brilliant Sky Toys and Books has leased the space formerly occupied by Build-A-Bear, and Fab’rik, which sells designer women’s apparel, will open in what used to be a Lucky Jeans store. 

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.