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Today's News

  • Jefferson County commissioners finalize 2014 budget

    Jeffco has finalized its 2014 budget, but the county commissioners warned the future fiscal outlook is grim and that cuts could be on the horizon in 2015 and beyond.

    The commissioners voted 2-1 vote to approve a $350.5 million operating budget for 2014. The spending plan includes a 1.5-mill increase in the county’s property-tax levy and a 3 percent merit increase for county employees. 

  • Two restaurants close doors

    Littleton diners have two fewer choices when it comes to eating out around town. 

    Champps restaurant, in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and Hops Grill and Brewery, on West Bowles Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard, have closed. 

    Champps, a national chain that had been based in Littleton until a few years ago, closed all three of its Colorado locations last month. The Aspen Grove restaurant opened in 2002. 

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife 

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”

  • Panel approves update to Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton is a step closer to updating the documents that will guide development in the city for years to come. 

    The city’s Planning Board unanimously approved a new comprehensive plan Nov. 25 after delaying the vote for several weeks to allow for more public input. 

  • 1A All-Metro football team

    The following is the 1A Metro all-conference team for the 2013 season:

    FIRST TEAM

  • 2013-14 girls swimming capsule previews

    CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
    Head coach: Ron Johns
    Assistant coaches: Polly Boen, Sean Gillespie, Annika Games
    2012-13 recap: The Lady Chargers were second in the 5A Jeffco meet and tied for 22nd at state. Junior Averly Hobbs was second in diving. Chatfield qualified six other girls in nine events and all three relay teams.
    Swimmers to watch for: Averly Hobbs, Sr., diving; Heather Stevens, Soph., 200 and 500 freestyles; Sydney Mueller, Soph., freestyle; Haley Kopec, Soph., breaststroke

  • 2013-14 boys basketball schedules

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    DATE, OPPONENT, TIME
    Dec. 3, at Douglas County, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 5, at Loveland, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 7, Arapahoe, 3 p.m.
    Dec. 10, Mullen, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 12, Doherty, 6:30 p.m.
    Dec. 13, Palmer Ridge, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 17, at Ralston Valley, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 19, Lakewood, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 4, Pomona, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 6, at Green Mountain, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 8, at Bear Creek, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 14, Standley Lake, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 17, at Dakota Ridge, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 21, Arvada West, 7 p.m.

  • Looking ahead to the 2013-14 boys basketball season

    Five story lines lines to watch for as the 2013-14 boys basketball season gets under way:

    THE ONLY ONE. Chatfield, like Columbine, is dealing with its own mass turnover on the roster, especially in the starting lineup. Andrew St. Germain is the lone returning starter for the Chargers, who went 23-2 a season ago and reached the Sweet 16 for the 5A state tournament before being ousted by Legend. Chatfield will get tested early, starting Dec. 7 against fellow 5A state qualifier Arapahoe.

  • Baskets of joy for Thanksgiving

    It takes more than just the will to help and the desire to give to feed thousands of people. 

    It also takes an assembly line that would have made Henry Ford proud. 

    Inside the small gym at South Jeffco’s Abiding Hope Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, 100 volunteers, many of them children, lined up along two banks of tables set up between hundreds of pallets of food. 

    Eileen Schoenberger, a member of the church, shouted  instructions before the assembly line got moving. 

  • Making forever homes

    As 16-month-old Aislynne stood on the courtroom table in front of Jeffco Judge Ann Gail Meinster on Nov. 21, her soon-to-be mother, Jena, straightened the young girl’s new dress. 

    Everyone in the courtroom laughed as Aislynne danced on the table, clapping her tiny hands to an unheard rhythm. 

    “Well, let’s make her yours officially,” Meinster told Jena through laughter.