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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge girls punch their ticket to the Great Eight
  • Littleton takes a shine to streetlights

    Littleton has what it thinks is a bright idea. 

    The city has begun talks with Xcel Energy about taking over ownership of the 66 streetlights downtown. 

    Currently the city’s 3,200 or so streetlights are owned and maintained by Xcel, and Littleton pays the utility a flat yearly fee for the lights’ energy use. 

    Any changes the city wishes to make to the lights — whether it be to replace a light with a different design, use a different bulb or repair a broken pole — are limited to the services Xcel provides.  

  • Jefferson County seeks volunteers for marijuana task force

    Jeffco is accepting applications for volunteers who would like to serve on a marijuana task force that will report on retail pot sales in the county’s municipalities. 

    The county enacted a moratorium through February 2015 on marijuana sales in unincorporated areas but wants to know about effects on public safety, health and business communities, said Jeanie Rossillon, Jeffco’s director of development and transportation.

  • Leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools’ core leadership team will continue to act as superintendent for the rest of the school year as the Board of Education moves forward with its search for a successor to Cindy Stevenson.

    After discussion at the board’s meeting last Thursday, no change was made to the previous week’s decision not to appoint an individual to serve as interim superintendent.  

    On Feb. 18, the board voted 3-2 not to make a temporary appointment, with the agreement that the board would discuss the topic again Feb. 27.

  • Stevenson gets $204,194 in separation agreement

     Former Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson received $204,194 in her separation agreement with the district after her last day Feb. 21.

    On Nov. 7, two days after the new conservative majority was elected to the school board, Stevenson announce she would retire effective June 30. On Feb. 8, she said she wasn’t trusted by the new board majority and asked the board to approve an earlier exit.

  • DeAngelis’ successor named at Columbine High

    Jeffco Public Schools has announced that KC Somers will be the new principal at Columbine High School starting next school year, succeeding longtime leader Frank DeAngelis.

    “We are confident that Somers will continue to model and foster a welcoming climate and culture of excellence at Columbine,” said Dan Cohan, executive director of school effectiveness for Jeffco Public Schools. “He has already developed strong relationships with many families in the south area.”

  • Historic homecoming

    A trip down memory lane led to a sentimental journey at Columbine Hills Elementary on Feb. 26, as the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. The school was decorated in old photos and artistic creations representing the year 1964.

    Through the years, the school has been expanded and remodeled, said current principal, Maureen Kelly, as she busily guided students and visitors through the school. 

  • Rosier in D.C. to lobby on local issues

    County Commissioner Don Rosier was in Washington, D.C., this week lobbying Congress on local issues such as funding for social programs and storm-water regulations.

    Rosier went to the U.S. capital as part of the National Association of Counties’ legislative conference from March 1-5, where 2,000 county governments from across the country lobby U.S. lawmakers on issues that local governments face every day. 

  • Robert Gates’ ‘Duty’ a good read for all citizens

    By Jim Rohrer

    OK, I admit it: I can’t resist reading every single insider book that portends to explain the goings-on within our government. Most of us have strong opinions concerning the executive branch of our government powered by the simplistic rhetoric of Fox or MSNBC. We have become a group of “Monday-morning quarterbacks.” The Bush hate seemed to be unprecedented, until the Obama hate got into full swing.

  • State now ground zero in battle for Senate

    Talk about a game changer!