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Today's News

  • A do-over in House District 22

    Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Columbine Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    The race in state House District 22 features a repeat campaign performance for both the Republican and Democratic candidates. The incumbent, Republican Justin Everett, bested Democrat Mary Parker with 53 percent of the vote in 2012 to replace Ken Summers.

    The two candidates offer a stark contrast when it comes to the roles the government should play.

  • County candidates debate pot sales, development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening.

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • Environmentalists question Jeffco’s changes to oil and gas rules

    Environmental activists are upset about changes made in September to the county’s oil and gas rules.

    The Sierra Club sent more than 400 form letters to Jeffco Open Space officials in recent weeks regarding the changes to the regulations. Open Space and Parks Director Tom Hoby discussed the letters with members of the Open Space Advisory Committee at a meeting last Thursday.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • Escaped prisoner suspected in county crime spree

    An inmate who escaped from the Jeffco jail in Golden last Sunday night is suspected of stealing several cars and credit cards across the county.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, broke out of the jail between 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 5, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Sandlin fled after breaking fencing in the outdoor recreation area. He is the first person to escape from the current county jail.

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • School district approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote on Oct. 2, the Jeffco school board approved an amended version of a plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.
    The two existing committees will report directly to the board. Before last Thursday night’s decision, the existing curriculum review committees had reported only to district administration.

  • Bikers band together for Emily’s Parade

    The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn’t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.

    More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily’s Parade to honor victims of school violence. The event is named for Emily Keyes, the 16-year-old student shot and killed in 2006 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School. 

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.

  • Downtown merchants not buying permit process for sidewalk sales

    Littleton doesn’t know if a new outdoor display policy downtown is working because no businesses have applied for a special permit to display merchandise on the sidewalk. 

    The Littleton City Council in May approved a zoning ordinance allowing businesses to display merchandise on the sidewalk with a free permit up to three times a month and 36 times a year. The displays had been illegal before, but the code hadn’t been enforced.