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Today's News

  • Baskets of joy for Thanksgiving

    It takes more than just the will to help and the desire to give to feed thousands of people. 

    It also takes an assembly line that would have made Henry Ford proud. 

    Inside the small gym at South Jeffco’s Abiding Hope Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, 100 volunteers, many of them children, lined up along two banks of tables set up between hundreds of pallets of food. 

    Eileen Schoenberger, a member of the church, shouted  instructions before the assembly line got moving. 

  • Making forever homes

    As 16-month-old Aislynne stood on the courtroom table in front of Jeffco Judge Ann Gail Meinster on Nov. 21, her soon-to-be mother, Jena, straightened the young girl’s new dress. 

    Everyone in the courtroom laughed as Aislynne danced on the table, clapping her tiny hands to an unheard rhythm. 

    “Well, let’s make her yours officially,” Meinster told Jena through laughter. 

  • New school board members take seats

    Jeffco’s three newly elected school board members wasted no time getting comfortable in their positions at last Thursday’s meeting.

    After Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt were sworn in, the new board elected officers, addressed the community and tried to put at ease parents and teachers, who raised concerns during public comment.

    How we got here

  • City Council elects Cernanec as Littleton’s new mayor

    Littleton has a new mayor. 

    The City Council voted 7-0 to make Councilman Phil Cernanec the new mayor Nov. 19. Cernanec, from District 3, has served on the council since 2009 and ran unopposed in his bid for re-election this month. 

  • Littleton gives OK for small breweries, distilleries, wineries

    Littleton could become the new small-craft adult beverage capital of Colorado. 

    The city will now allow small breweries, distilleries and wineries in commercially zoned spaces. Previously, those businesses were allowed only in industrially zoned areas. 

    The city has already heard from businesses in all three fields interested in opening up shop in Littleton, said Community Development Director Glen Van Nimwegen.  

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife 

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”

  • Assistance still available for flood victims

    Jeffco’s Colorado Spirit flood support team wants residents of mountain communities affected by September’s flooding to know a variety of assistance is still available. 

    And that includes emotional support. 

    The three-person support team, funded for a year by a grant from FEMA, has worked its way through the county door to door offering help to residents dealing with the aftermath of the flooding.

  • Thinking big by buying small

    While the madness of Black Friday will play out at big-box retailers this week, small businesses in South Jeffco want residents to remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to holiday shopping. 

    Saturday is national Small Business Saturday, an event started in 2010 by American Express to give local businesses their own Black Friday sales day. The event calls on shoppers across the country to forgo the big retail chains and spend their money at locally owned and operated stores. 

  • 5A All-Jeffco boys soccer, volleyball

    The following is the 5A Jeffco League all-conference selections for 2013 in boys soccer and volleyball:

    BOYS SOCCER
    FIRST TEAM
    Shazz Heale, Arvada West; Drew Bender, Arvada West; Brett Bender, Arvada West; Cruz Marquez, Arvada West; Alex Gamsen, Bear Creek; Ben Overholt, Chatfield; Robert Simpson, Chatfield; Lee Holmes, Chatfield; Nate Dunning, Columbine; Devon McAllister, Lakewood; Dillon Fee, Pomona; Alexander Makic, Ralston Valley; Peter Hendricks, Ralston Valley; Kyler Fowkes, Standley Lake; Cody Calcagno, Standley Lake
    SECOND TEAM

  • 2013-14 ice hockey capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Mark Glombecki
    Assistant coaches: Steve McLeod, Shawn Rafferty
    Conference: Foothills
    2012-13 record: 8-11-1
    Players to watch: Tyler Seltenreich, Sr., forward; Brian Vits, Sr., forward; Nick Dawkins, Sr., forward; Alec Thompson, Jr., forward; Brett Thompson, Jr., defenseman; Stuart Shanley, Jr., defenseman; Cody Trujillo, Jr., goalie
    Key loss: Bryce Kuschel