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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mad for business

  • Robbers mace customers, employees at Verizon store

    Twenty-one people were sprayed with mace on Dec. 29 by two men who robbed the Verizon store at Southwest Plaza.

    The perpetrators broke the locking mechanism on two iPhone display models about 4 p.m., setting off an alarm, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said.

    As the pair tried to leave the store, Kelley said, one of the suspects pulled out a can of mace and discharged it twice.

  • Resident rallies to cause of prairie dog colony on Foothills’ land

    When Gina Writz heard that a parcel of open-space land near her house was being sold by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, she had one question: What would become of the prairie dogs that lived there?

    Writz, a lifelong resident of South Jeffco, was disturbed to find out that the only plan for the 50 or so rodent residents was for them to be exterminated. 

  • Jefferson County to set up slash burner — but where?

    To address the county’s growing need to dispose of slash, Jeffco is moving forward with finding a permanent slash collection site and using a “curtain burner” to dispose of it.

    “We are looking for a permanent collection site,” said Mark Gutke of the Jeffco Office of Emergency Management. “The goal would be to have that site collect slash year-round and burn it when the weather permits.”

  • Lockheed Martin selected for study related to manned Mars mission

    The human journey to Mars may start in Jeffco. 

    Lockheed Martin Corp.’s South Jeffco-based division has been selected by Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit, for a $250 million mission concept study.

    The project will study the feasibility of adapting Lockheed Martin’s Phoenix Mars rover for a 2018 mission to Mars. The Phoenix lander was originally built, designed and operated by Lockheed Martin for NASA’s mission to Mars in 2008.

  • Inter-Canyon installing electronic locks at fire stations

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is installing electronic locks at all four of the district’s stations to increase security.

    “Each (Inter-Canyon) member will be assigned a key and will have to carry it with them,” said Dan Hatlestad, firefighter and paramedic with Inter-Canyon. 

  • Armstrong named Littleton fire chief

    Littleton Fire Rescue has a new top firefighter. 

    The city has named Christopher Armstrong as head of the city’s firefighting and emergency operations. Armstrong, who will start his new job Jan. 20, will replace current Chief John Mullin, who’s retiring at the end of the year. 

  • Littleton City Council formulates goals for next two years

    Littleton’s newly elected City Council wants to see commercial space grow in the city over the next two years —and might look at annexation as a possible means to that end.

    The council is in the process of adopting its new goals and vision statement for the next two years, which will be ratified at the regular meeting on Jan. 7. 

    While promoting economic vitality has been a key focus for previous councils, this group wants Littleton to look at ways to expand retail space, including possible annexation of retail property. 

  • Young entrepreneurs find winning niches

    If the two winners of Littleton’s Youth in Government competition are any indication, the city’s economic future is in good hands.

    And the future is all about technology.

    Garrett Daly, a senior at Arapahoe High School, and Vanessa Weikel, a junior at Heritage High School, took the top two places respectively in this year’s Youth in Government competition. The competition had 15 students from Littleton design a business concept to operate out of their homes. 

  • Lions ice first win at the foul line

    LITTLETON — Tim Ladwig and Tyus Gallegos-Jones saw a lot of the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime for the Littleton Lions, and they made the most of their opportunities.
    Ladwig was 10-of-14 from the charity stripe, including 7-of-10 in the game’s final 7 minutes, 30 seconds, and Gallegos-Jones made six straight foul shots to close overtime as Littleton toppled future 4A Jeffco foe Conifer 63-58 on Dec. 19 at Littleton High School. The win was the first of the season for the Lions and the first under head coach Ryan Fletcher.