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Today's News

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • A do and a don’t for the holiday season

    As we enter the holiday season, I’m thinking about a big do and a big don’t.

    The big do is Colorado Gives Day. In its five-year history, Colorado Gives has become the preferred way of making end-of-year charitable gifts for many people in our state. An initiative of the Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day is an easy way to make contributions to more than 1,800 of our state’s nonprofit organizations.

  • Santa b-r-r-rings the holiday spirit to Littleton

    Santa stopped in Littleton last week and brought arctic weather with him.

    The holiday season kicked off Friday as St. Nick, along with a collection of singing and dancing elves, made his way down Main Street downtown for the city’s Candlelight Walk.

    Hundreds packed the closed street to welcome Santa and watch as more than a million Christmas lights adorning the trees downtown winked on. It was a picture-perfect winter scene — with the temperature in the teens.

  • Snow Squad needs volunteers to shovel seniors’ sidewalks

    Littleton needs volunteers for its Snow Squad, which shovels the white stuff for low-income senior citizens and those who cannot physically perform the task.

    The program, run through the city’s Aging Well Resource Center, is always on the lookout for volunteers to shovel sidewalks at clients’ homes, said Kay Wilmesher, community program manager for the center and administrator of the program.

  • Case closed: Commissioner Rosier’s open-meetings objection off track

    A drawn-out drama involving a proposal to add striped bicycle lanes on certain roads veered into strange territory last week when County Commissioner Don Rosier accused fellow Commissioner Casey Tighe of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by talking to a reporter.

    At a meeting Nov. 24, Rosier said Tighe violated the sunshine law by giving an interview to a Courier reporter after the commissioners on Oct. 27 voted a third time to delay a final decision on the bike lanes.

  • A bittersweet swan song for Lola’s Sugar Rush

    After seven years at the corner of Main and Nevada streets, Lola’s Sugar Rush is set to close for good Dec. 30. And owner Lola Salazar wants the store’s final month to be one the community remembers.

    Salazar is closing the candy store to focus on running her and her husband’s charitable organization, the Salazar Foundation, and to spend time with her two grandchildren. As a way to thank the community, during December Lola’s Sugar Rush will donate 10 percent of its sales on Sundays to the nonprofit organizations supported by the foundation.

  • Dakota Ridge reloads after strong 2014-15

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach Curi Yutzy isn’t goal oriented by any means.

    “We don’t set any goals. All we do is talk about getting a little bit better every day,” said Yutzy, who coached the Eagles to their first boys hoops conference title in more than a decade last season. “We are willing to live with whatever the results might be. Whether it’s a league championship or a .500 season. Our commitment is to just get better.”

  • Taking a wait-and-see attitude

    LITTLETON — Columbine football team’s long postseason run into the Class 5A state semifinals might have created some anxiety for Rebels’ boys basketball coach Clay Thielking.

  • Welch returns to Chatfield

    LITTLETON — A familiar face has been a welcomed addition to Chatfield’s boys basketball program: Riley Welch has come home.

     “I was ecstatic,” Chatfield coach Steve Schimpeler said when he heard the news Welch was moving back to Colorado. “The reason why is he is a great kid, and he is going to help our basketball team.”

  • Semifinal heartbreak for Columbine

    ARVADA — It was hard for Columbine football players to depart the field at the North Area Athletic Complex on Nov. 28.

    “I just love this team so much. I never wanted this to end,” Columbine senior quarterback Jake Lowry said through the tears after a painful one-point loss in the Class 5A state semifinal. “We’ve been through so much this season and all four years. We’ve worked so hard. It’s a tough way to go out.”