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Today's News

  • Littleton Election Commission rejects 'approval voting'

    Littleton’s Election Commission has decided to pass on implementing “approval voting” starting in the city’s 2015 elections.

    The Election Commission voted 2-1 against the change. Yet despite the “no” vote, the commission left open the possibility of revisiting the issue in the future. 

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.

  • Jefferson County Planning Commission approves creation of taxing district

    Jeffco’s Planning Commission has approved creating a metropolitan district for a proposed 50-home luxury development for seniors and empty-nesters at South Kipling Street and West Coal Mine Avenue.

    The Silver Leaf Metropolitan District, if approved by the Jeffco commissioners, will allow developer Skyland Meadows to assess property taxes on homeowners in its development to pay for $3.6 million in infrastructure.

  • Foothills approves contract to sell property at Wadsworth and Coal Mine

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has found a buyer for one of five properties it is attempting to sell to raise $4 million for capital-improvement projects and other expenses.

    The Foothills board of directors on June 25 approved the sale of a 5.47-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Coal Mine Avenue to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million.

  • Federal cuts impact Jefferson County Head Start

    Jeffco’s Head Start program could serve 400 fewer kids during the next school year as a result of across-the-board federal funding cuts known as sequestration. 

    The 5 percent budget cut would mean about $152,000 less for the county’s Head Start program. Lynn Johnson, Jeffco’s human services director, said the cuts would mean laying off three teachers, and 96 fewer families — about 400 kids — would not be able to participate in the program during the 2013-14 school year. 

  • Littleton fireworks shows still on schedule

    Get ready for some fireworks on the Fourth of July — just make sure you’re not the one putting on a show. 

    As of press time, fireworks displays were to go on as scheduled at Foothills Park & Rec’s Red, White & You celebration on Wednesday and at Littleton’s Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks on Thursday. 

    Last year both fireworks shows were canceled due to fire danger and dry weather.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    Does anyone else miss Jaclyn Smith?

  • All-conference boys swimming team

    The following are all-conference selections for the 4A/5A Jeffco League for the 2013 spring sports season:

    BOYS SWIMMING
    FIRST TEAM

  • Sports briefs

    HOCKEY
    Ex-Littleton product Jones drafted by Predators

    Seth Jones, a former player for the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds, was drafted with the No. 4 pick in the NHL draft June 30 by the Nashville Predators.
    The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was projected as one of the top players in this year’s draft, but the hometown Colorado Avalanche elected to go with center Nathan Mackinnon with the No. 1 overall pick. Florida and Tampa Bay followed suit by going offensive before the draft’s top defender came off the board.

  • Dietz Challenge pushes players to absolute max

    Dan Dietz looked at the field on June 28 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium and knew the effort that was being put forth, by both the Chatfield Senior High and Heritage High football players, was worthy of honoring the sacrifice his son Danny Dietz made. The younger Dietz, a U.S. Navy SEAL, made the ultimate sacrifice on June 28, 2005.

  • Evacuation alerts lifted for Willow Bend Fire

    Level 1 evacuation alerts were lifted Tuesday morning for the Willow Bend Fire, which had burned 1.5 acres on U.S. Forest Service land near Long Scraggy Peak.

    The wildfire, which started early Monday afternoon, was reported to be 70  percent contained on Tuesday afternoon.

    CodeRED calls went to 119 phones Monday between the South Platte River and Deckers, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and North Fork responded. A helicopter was being used to drop water on the blaze.