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Today's News

  • Divisions surface on county’s marijuana task force

    Members of Jeffco’s marijuana task force are divided not only on the effects of pot use but also on whether studies available about recreational marijuana are valid.

    Those divisions surfaced during the task force’s meeting on June 9, when members went back and forth on the validity of diverging studies showing the impacts of marijuana use. The competing data involved everything from impaired driving to effects on teenagers’ IQs.  

  • Losing candidates sue in West Metro election

    Two losing candidates in the West Metro Fire District’s May 6 board election are suing to void the results due to what they claim was a lack of secrecy in the ballot counting. 

    The lawsuit — filed June 2 by District 3 candidate Clyde Wadsworth, District 2 candidate Devin Howard, the two candidates’ authorized election watcher, and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers — claims the secrecy of the ballots was broached during the count.  

  • Inter-Canyon urges residents to submit statements

    Officials with the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District are asking residents to submit victim impact statements before the sentencing of former fire chief David MacBean on June 24.

    MacBean pleaded guilty in April to stealing $647,000 from the department to make unauthorized purchases from 2010 to 2012. MacBean faces up to 27 years in prison and has agreed to pay back the stolen funds as part of his plea.

  • School board to vote on budget at June 19 meeting

    The Jeffco school board is expected to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget at a special meeting June 19, when the board also will hear public comments.

    Two issues likely to come up are charter school funding and free full-day kindergarten. 

    On a 3-2 vote in April, the board decided against earmarking $600,000 to fund free full-day kindergarten at schools with 35 percent or more of their students enrolled in free or reduced-cost lunch programs. 

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt voted against the expansion. 

  • Driver involved in accident that killed deputy pleads guilty

    The driver whose vehicle struck and killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide. 

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, of Golden could face two to six years in prison. Hosch is currently free on $10,000 bond while he awaits sentencing on Aug. 29.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. Jan. 26 when Hosch passed several cars on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway. Hosch’s vehicle reportedly continued to travel in the opposite lane for about 1,500 feet after passing the cars. 

  • Board majority must reveal vision

    Maybe they just got tired of being called the new conservative majority.

  • The legacy of freedom

    Tanya Hayes clutched a dry-cleaning bag holding an old green U.S. Army uniform as she scanned the crowd at the Salute to the Greatest Generation-70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6 at Littleton's World War II Memorial. A smaller bag pinned to the jacket held an assortment of Army medals. 

  • Jeffco board approves lower pay for new superintendent

    After heated debate and public comment, the Jeffco Board of Education approved a contract for its new superintendent at last Thursday’s regular business meeting, lowering the base salary $60,000 from the salary advertised for the position.

    If Daniel McMinimee signs the three-year contract, he will be paid an annual base salary of $220,000, reimbursed $20,000 for retirement benefits and be eligible for up to $40,000 in performance-based pay. 

  • Littleton makes first move to ban retail pot stores

    Littleton City Council took the first step to permanently ban retail marijuana stores within city limits, much to the dismay of a medical marijuana store owner in the city. 

    On a 4-3 vote, the council approved an ordinance banning retail marijuana sales on first reading during its meeting on June 3. The ordinance’s second reading will be July 1, and the meeting will include a presentation by city staff and public comment before a final vote.  

  • Redevelopment moves forward despite challenge

    As Littleton is poised to study four areas of the city for possible redevelopment, a former Littleton mayor has issues with the city continuing to use what he calls a failed model of redevelopment that previously cost the city millions of dollars. 

    At the beginning of the year, the council directed its urban renewal authority, Littleton Investing in Tomorrow or LIFT, to identify areas in the city for potential redevelopment. Since then, LIFT has focused on four areas of the city: Broadway Boulevard, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive.