Today's News

  • Deputies respond to report of suicidal man at Mount Falcon

    The east and west entrances to Mount Falcon Park were closed for several hours Tuesday morning while the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office responded to a man in the park who reportedly was suicidal.

    The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday morning by a family member of the man, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Both the east and west entrances to the park were closed during the incident.

  • Attorney hired by school board’s conservative majority resigns

    Jeffco school board attorney Brad Miller, who was hired by the ousted conservative majority after they gained control of the board two years ago, has resigned, according to a letter he submitted Monday.

    Miller, who was hired in December 2013 to provide independent legal counsel to the school board, wrote that he’d learned from incoming board member Ron Mitchell that the newly elected board didn’t intend to retain him.

  • Honoring their brothers, gone but not forgotten

    The men gathered around a flatbed truck, handing out seven old but well-maintained M-1 rifles and clips of blank ammunition.

    The 11 men from the Pat Hannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4666 in Littleton, some in their 80s, then walked to a shelter at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Nov. 6. They positioned themselves as they had a thousand times before and waited for the funeral party to arrive.

  • Hundreds attend dedication of Veterans Monument

    After months of fund-raising and work by volunteers from across the country, the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch was officially presented to the community on Saturday, just in time for Veterans Day.

  • Council approves downtown smoking ban

    Sidewalks in downtown Littleton will be smoke-free starting in 2016.

    On Nov. 3, the City Council voted 4-3 to ban outdoor smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. Smoking would be allowed on rooftops, rear patios and in parking lots.

    The ordinance also classifies electronic cigarettes and vape pens as tobacco products. The restrictions will take effect Jan. 1.

  • Foothills offering free mind-body exercise classes

    On Friday, the Foothills Park and Recreation District will give residents a chance to try several classes that focus on the connection between mind and body.

    Foothills will open up its yoga, tai chi, Pilates reformer and barre revolution classes for 20-minutes sessions. The free day lets residents sample different ways to exercise, said Tami Adams-Schlieman, fitness supervisor for Foothills.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins bigger than 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises guidelines for events at parks

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Conservative board members approve $9,500 in bonuses for superintendent

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee will be paid $9,500 in bonuses after his first year of work, the outgoing school board decided on a 3-2 vote Nov. 5.

    McMinimee’s awards represent 24 percent of possible bonuses in his contract. The bonuses hinged on his meeting goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Quick Hits

    Chargers win finale

    Chatfield’s football team closed out its season with a 47-14 road victory Nov. 7 over Hinkley in a non-playoff game. The Chargers finished the season with a 3-7 record.

    Killeen places in all-around

    Columbine’s Nicole Killeen placed 42nd in the Class 5A individual all-around at the state gymnastics meet Nov. 6 at Thornton High School.

    Soccer season wraps up