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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Foothills puts property-tax increase on ballot

    Residents of the Foothills Park and Recreation District will be asked for a 4-mill property-tax increase to help the district meet a projected budget shortfall due to increased costs and much-need infrastructure repair.

    The district’s Board of Directors approved the ballot question Aug. 26 for November’s election. The increase would raise taxes by $95.52 annually for $300,000 homes throughout the district; the owner of that home would pay a total of  $276.03 annually if the increase is approved.  

  • 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. 

  • Littleton Planning Board delays vote on two urban renewal plans

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hit pause on its decision on two urban renewal plans approved by Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. 

    The Planning Board discussed plans for two of the four areas being considered for urban renewal projects, Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe corridor, during its Aug. 25 meeting. The board voted to continue its discussion at a special meeting Sept. 11. 

  • 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. 

  • CDOT outlines toll-lane project on C-470

    The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks adding a tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard is the right solution to traffic congestion. 

    CDOT presented possible funding options for the project Aug. 19 during one of several town hall meetings scheduled over the next month. The tolls would cover a large chunk of the project’s $230 million price tag, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.