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Today's News

  • JUNIOR ACHIEVERS

    It’s a Sunday morning in the Cunningham household. Eggs are cooking on the stove — 48 of them — to feed the family of 12. Chips are rarely found on the grocery bill, which runs upwards of $500 per week, and it’s not uncommon for Wiley Cunningham, the father of the household, to buy fruit twice a week and cook 5 pounds of meat on a given night.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    All politics is local

  • Longtime PTA member running for Jeffco school board

    Longtime Jeffco PTA member and parent Tonya Aultman-Bettridge has announced that she will run for the Jeffco school board in November.

    Aultman-Bettridge will vie with Julie Williams for the seat in District 1, which covers the northern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Robin Johnson has announced she will not run for re-election.

    School board members run in geographic districts in nonpartisan elections, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races. This year’s election is Nov. 5.

     

  • Littleton man sentenced to 10 years for possessing child porn

    A Littleton man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography will spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. 

    Calvin Dawdy, 52, was sentenced this month to 10 years in federal prison and five years of probation after pleading guilty in April in U.S. District Court. Dawdy must also register as a sex offender and pay $6,000 to his victims. 

    He had been charged in November with two counts of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to the lone possession count as part of a plea bargain.

  • Changes OK’d for Littleton Village project

    The developer of the Littleton Village project on the old Marathon Oil property has received the initial go-ahead from the Littleton Planning Board to make changes to make the project more economically viable. 

    The Littleton City Council is set to vote on the proposal on Aug. 6.

    The project, located on 77 acres on the northeast corner of South Broadway and Dry Creek Road, was approved for development in 2006. But after the economic downturn in 2008, the project has been dormant.

  • Delegation from Bega, Australia, to visit Littleton area in August

    Littleton is changing a street name to honor its sister city, Bega, Australia.

    A delegation from Bega will be in town Aug. 14-24, so the City Council last week approved changing the name of the block of South Rio Grande Street between Main Street and Alamo Avenue to Bega Street.

    The name change will be in place when the city hosts a welcome reception for the Down Under delegation in Bega Park on Aug. 15. 

  • Littleton council debates whether to allow retail marijuana shops

    The Littleton City Council has begun a discussion on whether to allow retail marijuana stores within city limits, and the prospects for pot shops are looking up. 

    During a July 9 study session, five council members expressed a desire to at least move forward with potentially allowing retail marijuana establishments in the city. Only Mayor Debbie Brinkman and Councilman Bruce Beckman voted against further consideration of retail marijuana shops. 

  • Mars mission has roots in Jefferson County

    After seven years of planning and testing at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Waterton Canyon, the MAVEN spacecraft is just a short plane ride and 140 million miles away from its final destination: Mars.

    The craft is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Nov. 18. NASA has a 20-day window for the launch; otherwise, the mission will have to be put on hold another two years before Mars and Earth are again in the proper alignment.  

  • ENGAGEMENT: Wells – Hansen

    Kurt and Tammy Wells of Ken-Caryl Ranch announce the engagement of their daughter, Kara Wells, to Daniel Hansen of Englewood, the son of Gary and Susy Tournor and Chris Hansen of Grand Island, Neb.

    The couple will marry on Aug. 23 at Terrace Gardens.

  • Sports briefs

    GOLF
    Berry scheduled to compete at Junior Championships

    Littleton’s AJ Berry will compete in the The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships July 27-29 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
    Berry, who is is the boys’ 14-15 age group, is one of 600 golfers who qualified for the week-long tournament at the PGA National Resort & Spa. He qualified by tying for second in the Colorado-Wyoming District tournament on June 20 at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder. He carded a 2-over 72.