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Today's News

  • Urban renewal authority still taking flak

    Littleton’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, is asking residents not to jump to conclusions about the current urban renewal plan after another contentious board meeting on July 21.

    The board is finalizing the boundaries for urban renewal plans for four areas: Broadway, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and South Santa Fe Drive. Once a plan has been finalized, it will go before the city’s Planning Board and then to a final vote by the City Council. 

  • 'It's training and reaction'

    When Jeffco sheriff’s Deputy Fred Haggett came face to face with an armed criminal, only one thing went through the deputy’s mind.

    “He was trying to get into and hijack another vehicle; I couldn’t let that happen,” Haggett said.

    Haggett tackled Christopher David Sullivan on Interstate 70 near Lookout Mountain on July 23 after a burglary and carjacking spree.

  • Arvada site appears to be favorite for shooting range

    A site in Arvada appears to be the leading contender for a county-owned public shooting range.

    A working group organized by Jeffco Parks and Open Space has narrowed the search to five locations, including the site in Arvada, which is currently leased by Pioneer Sand and Gravel as a quarry.

    Tom Hoby, director of Parks and Open Space, said the working group tried to find property that was within a 30-minute drive of a major county intersection. 

  • Suit seeking to invalidate West Metro election fails

    A lawsuit seeking to throw out the results of May’s board election in the West Metro Fire District has failed. 

    The suit, filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth and District 2 candidate Devin Howard, both of whom lost their respective races, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, claimed the ballot-counting process violated citizens' right to a secret ballot. 

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

    Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Dakota Ridge, Chatfield strut their stuff on the diamond

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    If summer baseball is a harbinger for the following spring’s high school season, the forecast is bright for Dakota Ridge and Chatfield in 2015.

    The Jeffco League rivals placed 1-2 at the AABC’s Connie Mack 17-and-under state tournament at Cherokee Trail, with Dakota Ridge going unbeaten and prevailing 6-3 in the July 20 championship game, its second win over Chatfield, which suffered no other losses.

  • Putting the fun in fundamentals

    The 100-degree heat of summer didn’t deter 98 lacrosse campers — 80 kids ages 7 to 15 and 18 high school-aged players — from soaking in all the knowledge given to them at Cornerstone Park.

    From simple skill sets to pick and rolls, Colorado Mammoth players imparted their wealth of knowledge at the team’s second annual lacrosse camp July 21-22 in hopes of furthering the rapidly growing development of the sport in the Rocky Mountain region.

  • 12 homes evacuated near Blue Heron Lake after bottle bombs found

    Two explosive devices found near Blue Heron Lake in South Jeffco spurred the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday morning.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and West Metro Fire Rescue evacuated the homes in the 10700 block of West Berry Place as a precaution when the first device was discovered, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said.

    The devices were made out of plastic bottles and fireworks. Authorities detonated the two devices along the trail near Blue Heron Lake, Techmeyer said. No one was injured.

  • Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

    A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

    All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

  • Tip-a-Cop

    State Patrol troopers and athletes from the Special Olympics worked at the Chili’s at 8454 S. Kipling Parkway on Sunday to raise awareness and funds. Along with donations made at the tables, Chili’s statewide donated 15 percent of the profits from July 20 to Special Olympics.

    “It helps bring an awareness that there’s a charity out there that gives these remarkable young people trying to participate help,” said Trooper Nate Reid, the State Patrol spokesman. “It’s a small token for us to give a few hours of our time.”