Today's News

  • Tori Merritts, candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

    Merritts, who served on the school board from 1994 to 2003, is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s seat in District 4, which is up for election this year. Also contending for the spot is former teacher Amanda Stevens. Merritts is concerned about the possibility of having a completely untested board this fall as a result of three board members facing a recall.

  • Jefferson County officials enact fire ban

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    Last Thursday, Jeffco officials announced a fire ban because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in must be in existing fire grates at parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

    • Smoke anywhere other than an enclosed car or building, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of combustible material.

    • Do anything else that produces a spark or flame.

  • Littleton rates as 24th most livable city

    The city of Littleton often boasts that it’s a great place to live. It’s not alone in that opinion.

    Littleton was rated the 24th best place to live in the United States by Livability, a company that publishes monthly and annual rankings of the top places to live in the U.S. The ratings list more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in more than 40 categories, including cost of living, diversity of population, infrastructure, amenities and the education system. 

  • Teachers exhibit artwork at Center for the Arts Evergreen

    A premiere exhibit at the Center for the Arts Evergreen showcases the creative talents of four area high school teachers.

    Steve Sumner, CAE director, is excited about this first-time opportunity to display the exemplary work of teachers who find time to be artists in addition to their responsibilities as art instructors.

    “They’re really worthy,” he said.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

  • Fun begins at summer’s end

    Sunny weather and even brighter smiles were in evidence over the weekend at the Summerset Festival in Clement Park, where food, fun and a variety of vendor booths drew thousands.

    For three days, Denver area residents enjoyed music, games, shopping, fireworks and camaraderie during South Jeffco’s traditional send-off to summer.

  • State approves ballot that includes school board recall

    Colorado’s secretary of state has approved a Jeffco ballot that will include a recall question targeting the three conservative members of the school board in the Nov. 3 election, according to the county clerk’s office.

  • When artworks become good works

    It wasn’t enough for local artist Tracy Haines to create 30 paintings in 30 days. She wanted her artwork to have an impact on the community.

    Haines, a South Jeffco resident who rediscovered a love of painting after a career as a dermatologist, is donating half of any proceeds from the 30 paintings she is creating this month to Extended Hands of Hope, a Broomfield nonprofit that is working to build a shelter in Jeffco for victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation.

  • Three vying for two two-large seats on Littleton council

    With the makeup of the Littleton City Council in the balance in the Nov. 3 election, the Courier is previewing each of the five races.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election, as residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco Open Space reflects increase in revenue, expenses

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.

    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.