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Today's News

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • Bacon is life — or a slice of it, anyhow

    Some like it crisp and others prefer their pig more pliable, but in the spirit of bringing home the bacon, downtown Littleton put pork on parade Saturday.

    “Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s delicious,” said Aaron Ehrhardt of Littleton.

    Ehrhardt and his wife, Tyleen, made the short walk to join hundreds celebrating side meat at the Alferd Packer Bacon Party. The event featured live music, drinks and several food trucks that served up the guest of honor.

  • Mortensen Elementary turns 20

    By Stephanie Alderton

    Staff Writer

    Twenty years ago, the gym at Mortensen Elementary had pink walls before the school's first students came through the doors.

    Last Thursday afternoon it echoed with the voices of more than 400 students, staff and guests wishing happy birthday to the school. And the walls were a less-eye-popping gray.

  • Summerset making a comeback

    A year after torrential rains washed out the Summerset Festival for the first time in its 30-year history, organizers are putting the final touches on this year’s festival while keeping an eye on the sky.

    “Literally, we got rain on our parade last year. It was devastating for everyone's morale,” said Lora Knowlton, executive director of the Foothills Foundation, the organization that puts on the event. “Now everyone is excited and on task to finish setting up for the festival.”

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.

  • Incidents prompt board member to enroll daughters in private school

    Graffiti targeting school board member John Newkirk near his youngest daughter's elementary school prompted the family to enroll their girls in a private school for the 2014-15 school year.

    “After much thought and discussion, our family made the decision to move our daughters to an alternate school environment for the 2014-15 year,” Newkirk said.

    Newkirk declined to name the school his daughters are attending but said it is a “faith-based” school in Littleton.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL 
    Clary, Eagles offense has its way in win over Silver Creek
    LAKEWOOD — Adam Clary completed 16 of 24 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns as Dakota Ridge rolled to a 42-22 win over Silver Creek on Sept. 5 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Connor Neyen caught seven passes for 178 yards and a score, while Nick Cohn caught four more for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Lujan rushed 25 times for 134 yards and three scores.

  • Lady Chargers, Rebels have room to grow

    ARVADA — Overall, Elizabeth Dominguez was content with how she fared at Chatfield’s 5A Jeffco League gymnastics encounter with host Arvada West on Sept. 3. But the Lady Chargers senior also knows that there’s room to improve, especially early in the season.

  • Weather wreaks havoc at Meadows

    Mother Nature seems to be rather fond of The Meadows Golf Course this season, and it has proved costly for boy golfers in the 5A Jeffco League.

    For the second time this season, weather played havoc at the course. The first time — on Aug. 18 — players only managed to get in five holes before the tournament was postponed until Sept. 4. This time, everybody got through at least nine holes, though, for some, that turned out to be a negative rather than a positive.