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Today's News

  • State title slips out of Tait’s grasp

    First, Jaylee Tait softly kicked her putter, knowing that she had let a potential par, if not a birdie, slip away on No. 17. Then, on No. 18 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course on May 18, she took a long sighing breath before pushing her second putt just past the hole. It was six putts on the final two holes — three each — and with them, the 5A girls golf state championship went by the wayside.

  • The wings in their lair

    Colorado is home to one of the most diverse butterfly populations in the country, and the beauty of that variety is on full display this summer in South Jeffco. 

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield opened the new Butterflies at Chatfield exhibit last weekend, a collaborative effort between the gardens and the Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit is one of a kind in Colorado, featuring only native plants and butterfly species, said Mary Ann Hamilton, the pavilion’s vice president for science and conservation. 

  • Rosier hopes to continue work in second term

    County Commissioner Don Rosier wants to finish the work he started during his first term. 

    To do that, the Republican must fend off a challenge from Democratic nominee John Flerlage in the race in District 3, which covers the southern part of the county and includes South Jeffco, Littleton and Morrison. 

    Economic development is just one of the areas Rosier would like to keep focusing on during a second term. He said passage of a county-wide economic plan was a great start but not the end of the work. 

  • City will haul away wretched refuse from teeming garages

    Littleton wants to help residents rid their garages of rampant clutter.

    The city’s Summer Cleanup and Recycle program offers residents free removal of large items that can’t be reused but possibly can be recycled, said senior code specialist Rebecca Thompson. 

    “What we’re trying to do is help residents clean up their property,” Thompson said. “In code enforcement, we get complaints, and we inspect and have to leave notices for people to clean up their property. This is a way for the city to assist and help with that.

  • Council discussion goes to pot

    Members of the Littleton City Council still have questions and reservations about allowing sales of recreational marijuana in the city. 

    The council discussed the potential benefits and hazards of allowing retail sales during its meeting May 20. Currently Littleton has a moratorium on sales of recreational marijuana that expires October. Four shops currently sell medicinal pot.   

    The city can choose to ban recreational sales, allow them, put the matter to voters, or simply extend the moratorium. 

  • GOP’s Keyser seeking political balance in legislature

    Colorado native Jon Keyser says he’s running for the House District 25 seat to help restore political balance to the state legislature. 

    “We’re coming off of a couple of years of control by the same party,” he said. “There are no checks and balances.”

    Keyser, a Morrison resident, said he would like to serve the state as a “citizen legislator” representing the interests and concerns of those in his district. 

  • Summerset accepting applications for vendors

    The Summerset Festival is looking for vendors for this year’s event. 

    The three-day festival, to be held Sept. 12-14 in Clement Park, features booths that include arts and crafts merchants, local businesses, and nonprofits looking to educate the public. 

    The festival is also taking applications from antiques vendors. 

  • Columbine girls alter history, finally win state

    COMMERCE CITY — Brian Todd knew he had a rock-solid team, a high-end squad capable of winning a 5A Jeffco League title. The Columbine girls soccer head coach also knew that if the Lady Rebels won their conference championship, it could set them up to win state.

  • Tiny Cinderellas stay on their toes

    A passel of proud papas waited inside Columbine High’s south entrance Saturday — many clutching bouquets — for their favorite ballerinas to emerge from backstage.   

    “She loves to sing and dance. And she’s always walking around on her tippy-toes,” said Dennis Lux, whose daughter, Madeleine, 5, was among 100 performers at the Foothills Park and Rec ballet program’s performance of “Cinderella.”

  • Stepping up

    The Nutcracker was a girl. That didn’t sit right with 8-year-old Tyler Humphrey. 

    Tyler, now 15, had previously seen his mother in a performance of “The Nutcracker,” and he asked indignantly why a girl was cast in a boy’s part.

    “I told him it was because there weren’t any boys to play the part,” said Demelza Humphrey, Tyler’s mom. “I told him, ‘You’re the only one who can change that.’ ”