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Today's News

  • Summerset Festival already signing up exhibitors, vendors

    The Summerset Festival is months away, but the Foothills Foundation is already planning for one of South Jeffco’s signature events.

    The festival, which will be in its 31st year, is signing up vendors and exhibitors for the three-day event at Clement Park on Sept. 18-20. Lora Knowlton, head of the Foothills Foundation, said the event not only provides entertainment and fun for residents, it gives business owners an opportunity for face-to-face interactions in a digital world.

  • Jeffco schools could receive less money from state

    Proposed cuts by lawmakers in the K-12 portion of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2015-16 state budget could mean that Jeffco Public Schools receives $17.5 million less than anticipated.

    Hickenlooper’s funding plan would have provided the district $37 million in state funds; $17.2 million of that would have gone toward ongoing costs, while $19.8 million would have been earmarked for one-time expenditures.

  • Lobato family contemplating legal action

    The family of Jennifer Lobato, the prisoner who died in the Jeffco jail while awaiting medical attention, will wait for the completion of an investigation before deciding whether to take legal action.

    David Lane, the lawyer representing the Lobato family, said the family has been in contact with the Sheriff’s Office about the investigation and will wait until a coroner’s report is complete before deciding on their next step.

  • Fire guts two apartments, leaves several residents homeless

    A fire in an apartment complex in Littleton on Friday afternoon left several people homeless.

    The blaze broke out about noon at Verona Apartment Homes, 29831 W. Centennial Drive, just south of West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

  • Budget compromise a fiscal feat

    On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.

  • Finding hope amid despair

    Jimmie and Karen Luckey are no strangers to tough times.

    The South Jeffco couple, who have two kids, both missed work last year because of health issues, with Jimmie undergoing back surgery and Karen dealing with kidney problems.

    But the most difficult trial was yet to come: Jimmie was diagnosed in December with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

  • Princesses for a night

    For many young Cinderellas dreaming of prom, few things will be more central to their memories of that night than a perfect dress.

    For the third year, the Jeffco Public Library is helping to make memories with its prom dress swap. For a donation of eight cans of food — destined for the Jeffco Action Center — a young woman can choose a dress, shoes and accessories for prom night.

  • Have you herd? Bovines are the latest graze at Littleton Museum

    The Littleton Museum offered an udderly enjoyable event Saturday at Bovines Are Divine.

    The bountiful benefits of the bovine were on the hoof at the museum’s two working farmhouses. Museum re-enactors showed visitors how cheese was made, cream separated and butter churned 125 years ago.

    The farmhouses’ oxen team of Ford and Fitz were on hand, showing guests how the heavy lifting got done before the advent of mechanical tractors.

  • School district negotiations raise Open Meetings Law questions

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations last month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two sides announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Commercial center proposed for Foothills land

    A developer has proposed a commercial center with a 7-Eleven on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue, on land offered for sale by the Foothills Park and Rec District.

    Cornerstone Capital Investment’s plans for the 4.65-acre property are working their way through Jefferson County’s site development process.