Today's News

  • Star-struck at ACC

    Some serious star power was in view on Arapahoe Community College’s Littleton campus on Friday night.

    About 40 astronomy aficionados attended the year’s first star-watching party at ACC — an event that gives attendees a closer look at the stars and planets without investing in a telescope.

    Jennifer Jones, an astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at ACC, had the college’s 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope outside, and as the sun set, she turned the lens toward some spectacular astral bodies.

  • Business Resource Expo offers information, mentoring

    The county’s businesses will have an opportunity to connect with one another during the Jeffco Business Resource Center’s Business Resource Expo next week.

    The free event, at the Jeffco Fairgrounds from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 23, will let a variety of companies make connections that could prove vital. The event also provides information on low-cost or free services available at the Business Resource Center, said Amira Watters, the center’s executive director.

  • District 1 candidates agree on need for public involvement

    The makeup of the Littleton City Council could change dramatically in the Nov. 3 election.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election. Residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

    The Columbine Courier is previewing each race.


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  • Annual Summerset Festival plans new wrinkles, old favorites

    South Jeffco will send summer off in style once again with the Summerset Festival at Clement Park this weekend.

    The festival, in its 31st year, will draw thousands over three days, starting Friday, for music, activities, arts and crafts, and a whole lot of fun.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire hires first paid chief

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board has hired longtime district volunteer Maurice “Skip” Shirlaw as the department’s first-ever paid fire chief.

  • IREA board will vote on new charge

    The Intermountain Rural Electric Association board is considering a new charge for customers requesting meters beginning in January 2015.

    New customers such as those who install solar panels and those with vacation homes that are infrequently used could be subject to the charge, said Josh Liss, IREA spokesman. The proposed charge of approximately $4 per kilowatt will affect customers whose average electrical service usage is less than 9 or 10 percent of the peak demand margin in a given month.

  • County approves development at Wadsworth, Coal Mine

    County approval for a development on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue has cleared the way for the 4.65-acre parcel to be sold and turned into a three-lot commercial center.

    The parcel was one of several that the Foothills Park and Recreation District put up for sale in 2011. The development plan, approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 1, clears the way for the land to be sold for $815,000 to Cornerstone Capital Investment.

  • Program seeks to help struggling families pay for child care

    Families working their way out of poverty face a disressing catch-22 known as the “cliff effect” — a small increase in income can lead to a loss of benefits, more than countering the additional money they’re earning.

    Jeffco’s Human Services Department is part of a state pilot program designed to address that situation by continuing to provide child-care assistance even when a family’s income exceeds an arbitrary threshold.

  • Susan Harmon, school board candidate in District 2

    Lakewood resident Susan Harmon said she wants to bring a reconciliatory voice and more thoughtful decision making to the Jeffco school board.

    Harmon, a family law attorney and mother of two Jeffco students, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Physician assistant Matthew Dhieux of Littleton is also a challenger for the seat.

  • Sports briefs

    Westside searching for new, experienced players for 2015

    Westside girls rugby team is looking for high school players for the 2015 season. Athletes from any school are welcomed to join the club. Experience isn’t necessary.
    According to a report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, rugby is the fastest growing youth sport in the country with an enrollment growth of 81 percent between 2008 and 2013.