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Today's News

  • ‘Food, cold beer and friends’

    A sea of blankets and lawn chairs covered Clement Park as thousands waited for the night sky to be illuminated with fireworks on July 3. 

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Red, White & You celebration drew a massive crowd looking to start the July Fourth holiday early. Despite some evening rain showers, the event drew an estimated 30,000-35,000 people. 

    The evening featured live music, kids games, food vendors and a 15-minute-long fireworks display that capped the night’s entertainment. 

  • New superintendent determined to find common ground

    Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he's determined to build bridges and develop relationships.

    The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff — and letting them get to know him.

  • City’s ban on sales of recreational pot made permanent

    The Littleton City Council has banned sales of recreational marijuana and commercial growing operations in the city.

    The council, on a 4-3 vote July 1, made permanent a temporary moratorium on retail sales and growing operations that had been in place since October 2013. That moratorium was set to expire this October. 

    Council members Bruce Beckman, Debbie Brinkman, Randy Stein and Bruce Stahlman voted in favor of the ban. 

  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required. 

  • Public meetings planned on town’s proposal to annex Southwest Plaza

    County Commissioner Casey Tighe will host two public meetings on the possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar. 

    The meetings are set for 3 to 5 p.m. July 10 and July 24 at the Columbine Library and are open to all county residents. 

     The owner of the mall, General Growth Properties, and representatives of Bow Mar presented a possible “flagpole” annexation, which would also include the town annexing stretches of West Bowles Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard, on June 17 during staff briefings. 

  • KCLL finds a winning combo

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Winning isn’t everything for the Ken-Caryl Little League, but it’s become a nice bonus.
    “Our focus is on teaching life lessons,” said former KCLL president Andy Florence, who retired last month after three years at the helm. “We strive to win. But if you’re a better person or team at the end, you’ve achieved your goals.”

  • Lacrosse coach is breaking down barriers

    Mike Thumim is a kid of the 1980s. The Columbine High School graduate and Dakota Ridge boys lacrosse coach grew up during the Cold War. And while his friends were taking French, German and Spanish classes, he was taking Russian as his foreign language requirement. He even studied Russian as a minor at Ohio University.

  • Child dies after being rescued from Chatfield Reservoir

    A child pulled from Chatfield Reservoir and rushed to a local hospital died on Saturday night.

    Andres Patrick Sena, 4, of Littleton was the victim of an accidental drowning, the Douglas County coroner said Monday.  

    A report of a missing child possibly in the water went out about 5:35 p.m. Saturday, said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, a Douglas County sheriff's spokesman. 

  • Son of Littleton City Council member dies

    Littleton City Council member Bruce Stahlman announced last week that one of his twin sons, Mark, has died. 

    The family had a service for Mark Stahlman on June 28 at Littleton United Methodist Church and asked those in attendance to wear red, white and blue. No cause of death was announced.

    Mark was one of three children of Stahlman and his wife, Kelly. 

     

  • Variety of fireworks options available in South Jeffco

     If the Fourth of July means fireworks, then South Jeffco residents have several options this week to help celebrate the holiday. 

    Red, White & You starts the festivities on Thursday. The festival at Clement Park, presented by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, features live music, games and a very large fireworks display to end the evening.