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Today's News

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Lions turning program around

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Margaret Mangum has plenty of reasons to exude giddiness. The long-time Littleton volleyball coach got married in July, and she has a senior-laden team she believes is worthy of returning the Lady Lions to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.

  • Sansburn’s arm, bat propels Dakota Ridge

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    PARKER — Megan Sansburn knows all eyes will be focused squarely on her right arm for her junior softball season at Dakota Ridge. An all-5A Jeffco League shortstop in 2013, Sansburn drew the unenviable task or replacing standout pitcher Rachelle Foos and her 17-4 record and 1.53 earned run average.

    Pressure?

  • Ali Abid comes up clutch for Lions

    No, Hamadi Ali Abid doesn’t have a fan club, but maybe he should. The small, but vociferous crowd at Littleton Public Schools Stadium certainly voiced their approval of the junior forward during and after Littleton’s 2-1 victory over Cherokee Trail on Aug. 28, especially after Ali Abid scored the game-winning goal eight minutes into sudden-death overtime.

    The speedy Ali Abid beat the defender before punching the game-winning goal into the lower right corner past Cherokee Trail goalkeeper Kamden Weis in the 88th minute.

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    The rocky relationship between Jeffco’s teachers union and Board of Education continued Thursday night after the school board rejected a third-party report recommending that teachers rated “partially effective” should receive a pay increase.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation plan delayed

    The owner of Southwest Plaza mall has decided to delay its request for annexation by the town of Bow Mar for a year. 

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, sent a letter to Bow Mar on Aug. 22 saying it recognized that more time is needed for Bow Mar, Jeffco and the company to continue conversations on how an annexation would work.

  • Suspect charged in Aug. 13 fatal shooting in Littleton

    Joshua Hoppe has been charged with three felony counts in Arapahoe County Court in connection with the Aug. 13 shooting death of 55-year-old James Barnes in Littleton. 

    Hoppe was arrested Aug. 20 in east Denver, a week after the fatal shooting of Barnes in the 500 block of West Peakview. He faces charges of first-degree murder and two other felony counts.  

    The shooting took place in the front yard of a residence in the area. A man reportedly fled toward Broadway after the shooting. 

  • Stables remain closed at Chatfield State Park

    Horses in the stables at Chatfield State Park have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and so the stables will remain closed until the infected horses have been treated and no signs of the virus remain. 

    The stables were closed Aug. 21 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife after several horses displayed symptoms of the malady, and testing was done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals. 

  • Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

    The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

  • One arrested in shutdown of C-470

    A threat against deputies investigating an illegal camp led the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to shut down both directions of C-470 at West Bowles Avenue on Sept 1.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies were checking on a report of an illegal camp under the overpass at Bowles and C-470 when they were threatened by two people.