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Today's News

  • Chatfield finds a rhythm, sweeps Columbine

    It’s not all that uncommon for John Simpson to talk to himself in the third person during a boys tennis match. The Chatfield junior and No. 3 singles player will say things to get himself in the right mindset to win, even if his friends and colleagues find that to be a little awkward.

    “I guess sometimes they find it a little funny, a little weird. I don’t really mind that. If it helps that’s the only thing that matters,” Simpson said.

  • School Board renews attorney's contract

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board extended the contract with its attorney for one year.

    The board hired Colorado Springs attorney Brad Miller last Dec. 12 on an identical split vote, just one month after members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were elected. Board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted against and have been questioning Miller’s hiring for the last eight months.

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.

  • West Metro might shut down fire engine in Ken-Caryl

    West Metro Fire Rescue is considering shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area, along with reducing staff, to cut costs after voters rejected a tax increase in May.

    The proposed cuts, including shutting down the fire engine at Station 14 with its three firefighters in Ken-Caryl Ranch near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Street, would amount to $2.1 million in next year’s budget if the cuts are approved by the district's Board of Directors, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • New member joins board of urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has named a new member to the board of the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    Justin Hay was approved unanimously by the council on Sept. 2 to fill a seat left vacant when Bill Lajoie resigned earlier this year. Hay will be on the board for LIFT’s next meeting Sept. 15.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Lions turning program around

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Margaret Mangum has plenty of reasons to exude giddiness. The long-time Littleton volleyball coach got married in July, and she has a senior-laden team she believes is worthy of returning the Lady Lions to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.

  • Sansburn’s arm, bat propels Dakota Ridge

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    PARKER — Megan Sansburn knows all eyes will be focused squarely on her right arm for her junior softball season at Dakota Ridge. An all-5A Jeffco League shortstop in 2013, Sansburn drew the unenviable task or replacing standout pitcher Rachelle Foos and her 17-4 record and 1.53 earned run average.

    Pressure?

  • Ali Abid comes up clutch for Lions

    No, Hamadi Ali Abid doesn’t have a fan club, but maybe he should. The small, but vociferous crowd at Littleton Public Schools Stadium certainly voiced their approval of the junior forward during and after Littleton’s 2-1 victory over Cherokee Trail on Aug. 28, especially after Ali Abid scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into sudden-death overtime.

    The speedy Ali Abid beat the defender before punching the game-winning goal into the lower right corner past Cherokee Trail goalkeeper Kamden Weis in the 88th minute.

  • Foothills puts property-tax increase on ballot

    Residents of the Foothills Park and Recreation District will be asked for a 4-mill property-tax increase to help the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

    The district’s Board of Directors approved the ballot question Aug. 26 for November’s election. The increase would raise taxes by $95.52 annually for $300,000 homes throughout the district; the owner of that home would pay a total of  $276.03 annually if the increase is approved.