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Today's News

  • Environmentalists question Jeffco’s changes to oil and gas rules

    Environmental activists are upset about changes made in September to the county’s oil and gas rules.

    The Sierra Club sent more than 400 form letters to Jeffco Open Space officials in recent weeks regarding the changes to the regulations. Open Space and Parks Director Tom Hoby discussed the letters with members of the Open Space Advisory Committee at a meeting last Thursday.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • Bikers band together for Emily’s Parade

    The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn’t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.

    More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily’s Parade to honor victims of school violence. The event is named for Emily Keyes, the 16-year-old student shot and killed in 2006 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School. 

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.

  • Downtown merchants not buying permit process for sidewalk sales

    Littleton doesn’t know if a new outdoor display policy downtown is working because no businesses have applied for a special permit to display merchandise on the sidewalk. 

    The Littleton City Council in May approved a zoning ordinance allowing businesses to display merchandise on the sidewalk with a free permit up to three times a month and 36 times a year. The displays had been illegal before, but the code hadn’t been enforced. 

  • Susan Klebold signs book deal

    Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine High School gunman Dylan Klebold, is set to write a book dealing with her family’s struggle to come to terms with the horrific events of April 20, 1999. 

    The Crown Publishing Group, a branch of Penguin Random House, announced the deal Sept. 23. 

  • Out with the old, in with the new

    For Inter-Canyon Fire Chief Randy Simpson, Sept. 20 was a day of reflection as his department celebrated 60 years of providing fire, medical and emergency services to the community. 

    “I feel honored today,” Simpson said. “This department started out with just a few guys who thought we needed a fire department up here. Now it’s a sophisticated department with volunteers and equipment.”

  • Two South Jeffco flood-control projects are funded

    Two projects involving flood control and stormwater detention in South Jeffco will get underway a year ahead of schedule with funds from a postponed project. 

    The county’s Development and Transportation Department will shift funds to make improvements at Beer Sisters Lake Reservoir north of Bowles Avenue and east of Simms Street, and in the Massey Draw on the Deer Creek Golf Course. The funding came from a project at Mount Olivet Reservoir that’s been delayed by an easement issue. 

  • Two new stores to open in Aspen Grove shopping center

    By Stephanie Alderton

    For the Courier

    Two new businesses will be moving into the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive in the next two months.

    Brilliant Sky Toys and Books has leased the space formerly occupied by Build-A-Bear, and Fab’rik, which sells designer women’s apparel, will open in what used to be a Lucky Jeans store.