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Today's News

  • Special bond at the heart of Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball

    A little one-on-one time for fathers and daughters is a good thing — especially if it involves a two-step.

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District hosted 100 father-daughter pairs Saturday at its Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball at The Peak Community Center. The evening dance gave the fathers and daughters a chance to make some special memories.

    And to cut a rug or two. 

    “It’s been great. I taught her to do a little swing dancing, and now she won’t let me off the dance floor,” said Robert Rivera. 

  • Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

    Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

    “We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

    The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

  • Board members at odds on assessment tool for preschoolers

    The Jeffco school board reversed a decision made in December and approved use of the Teaching Strategies Gold program for Colorado Preschool Program students, but an accompanying request for a waiver on student evaluation could imperil several million dollars in state funding.

    The board had voted to end the district’s use of TS Gold at its Dec. 13 meeting because of the behavioral data that are collected. Board President Ken Witt said he was uncomfortable that students were videotaped as part of evaluations.

  • The rights stuff

    Littleton’s Bemis Library wants to start a conversation about race over the next three months. 

    The library’s “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” discussion series kicked off Feb. 5  with the first of four films aimed at sparking a conversation about the struggle by African-Americans for equality in the United States. 

  • Ute Meadows tops them all in box-top contest

    Saving thousands of cereal box tops has paid off big time for Ute Meadows Elementary School.

    Last month the school received $75,000 as the grand-prize winner in the Super Cool School Contest Boxtops for Education, a fund-raising program started by General Mills. 

    The school will use the money to update its playground with disabled-accessible equipment, said principal Steve Weigum.

  • Jeffco hires new director of elections

    Jefferson County’s new director of elections is Christi Coburn.

    “The diversity of her experience and management expertise will be a wonderful complement to our department,” said Pam Anderson, county clerk.

    Coburn brings 18 years of public service experience to Jeffco, including eight years at the Colorado secretary of state’s office. Before that, Coburn served as chief deputy, Teller County’s position responsible for elections.

  • Former Littleton cop sentenced to four years in drug case

    A former Littleton police officer who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges has been sentenced to federal prison. 

    Jeffery Johnston, 48, pleaded guilty to federal drug-trafficking and firearms counts last October. He was sentenced Feb. 3 to 48 months in federal prison along with a $25,000 fine to keep his house from being seized. 

    Johnston was arrested by the FBI at his home in Parker on July 19, 2013, after a confidential informant reportedly sold him 16 grams of the drug MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, for $1,300.

  • Jefferson County’s 2014 funding for EDC will have strings attached

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. is about to have a $300,000 funding agreement with the county finalized this week. 

    The contract was delayed while the county commissioners and the EDC clarified two new provisions requiring the economic development group to submit a work plan for approval and to present quarterly reports to the commissioners. 

  • Sheriff candidate disciplined for 2013 incident with jail inmate

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy running in this year’s election to replace Sheriff Ted Mink reportedly was disciplined last year for an inappropriate incident involving a jail inmate.  

    Denver’s 9News reported that Sgt. Jim Shires was disciplined for tapping an inmate on the face twice with a rule book to get his attention on Nov. 3. 

  • Soopers on Broadway closed for year-long makeover

    With the King Soopers at Broadway and Littleton Boulevard closed for a year-long renovation, Littleton residents have one fewer option for groceries in 2014. 

    The store closed late last month for its planned $20 million expansion into more than 27,500 square feet of vacant retail space in the shopping center. It’s set to reopen in January 2015.

    While the store is closed for the year-long project, several alternatives exist for residents who might not be able to get to another grocery store on their own.