Today's News

  • Conservatives take control of Jefferson County school board

    Three conservative candidates were victorious over a slate of three progressives in the race for open seats on the Jeffco school board, dramatically changing the board’s political orientation.

    Fallout from the results in the Nov. 5 mail-in election was swift: The existing school board voted to scrap plans for the controversial inBloom data-storage system. Meanwhile, district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement effective in June 2014.

    In final, unofficial results, with about 174,373 ballots counted:

  • The kindest cut

    Usually people don’t get in line to go bald.

    Yet several dozen people packed the Great Clips at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Simms Street on Sunday night, waiting to forsake their follicles for a good cause.

    The assortment of students, parents, teachers and coaches from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools who lined up to get their hair buzzed were there to support Todd Glasser.

  • Added features envisioned for Clement Park

    The completed master plan for the future of Clement Park preserves the park’s traditional uses while adding several new features, including a lakefront boardwalk at Johnston Reservoir.

    Now, the Foothills Park and Recreation District must confront the difficult part — finding the funds to implement the plan.

    Clement Park, which was built in 1987, has needed a major face-lift for several years, and the district has estimated that $7 million to $8 million in repairs and replacements are needed. 

  • Final hearing slated on Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hold another hearing on the city’s proposed updated comprehensive plan after hearing complaints during its last hearing Oct. 28 that the public was not given enough time to comment.  

    During the October hearing, several people asked for more time to comment on the plan and said the last draft of the comprehensive plan was released less than a week before the public hearing on it. The board voted unanimously to hold another public hearing at its Nov. 25 meeting. 

  • Sponsor-A-Family Program puts happy in the holidays

    Jefferson County’s Human Services Department is looking for some good samaritans this holiday season.

    The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program matches donors with families receiving services from the county’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, said Korina Keating, Human Services’ volunteer coordinator. 

    A donor receives two lists for the family being shopped for —  one of needs and one of wants, Keating said. 

  • Jeffco libraries could boost spending in 2014

    After several years of cutbacks in branch hours and capital expenditures, the Jeffco Public Library is hoping its 2014 budget will provide some relief.

    The library’s proposed $25.5 million spending plan for next year is slightly less than for 2013, but outlays will increase slightly from this year’s $25.8 million budget. That’s a result of the library paying off debt associated with construction of the Belmar branch in Lakewood, which will decrease debt payments by about $715,000. 

  • Foothills launches community theater troupe

    South Jeffco residents looking for an entertainment alternative have a new option. And it’s a dramatic one.

    The Foothills Theater Company — the Foothills Parks and Recreation District’s very own community theater — debuted over the weekend at The Ridge Recreation Center. 

    The troupe’s inaugural production, “Trifles and Other Plays,” a collection of three one-act plays dealing with relationships in various forms, is in the middle of a two-week run.  

  • Concerns over inBloom aired at town hall

    Jeffco Schools’ plan to store student data in the inBloom cloud-based system continues to cultivate controversy and doubt among some Jeffco parents.

    Nearly 50 people gathered to discuss inBloom at a town hall meeting Saturday at The Peak Community Center in Littleton. Jeffco school board members Paula Noonan and Laura Boggs sponsored the event.

    “A group of parents had asked Paula and me to see if we could schedule a meeting like this to discuss these issues,” Boggs said. “There was a great deal of info tonight.”

  • Sports briefs

    Trio leads the way as Pine Creek ends Chatfield’s season
    — Michael Steffy, Alexander Cullen and Nicholas Farley scored goals as Pine Creek toppled Chatfield 3-0 in the second round of the 5A state tournament on Oct. 30 at D20 Stadium.
    The Chargers capped their season with a 12-4-1 record.

    Thais, Dakota Ridge tune up for playoffs, topple Littleton

  • Chatfield struggles to find its footing

    THORNTON — The goals were modest ones, all things considered, for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. They were hoping to nab their highest score of the season and finish ninth of higher at the 5A state gymnastics championships. Unfortunately, neither was accomplished.
    Chatfield finished 12th in the field with 171.3 points on Nov. 1 at Thornton High School. The Lady Chargers came in seeded ninth and looking for a higher finish, but the state jitters took their toll.