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Today's News

  • Emergency notification system worked well, Sheriff’s Office says

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is more than happy with how its new emergency notification system, CodeRED, performed during the Bluebell Fire.

    The emergency calls had a successful connection rate of 84 percent, said Mark Techmeyer, sheriff’s spokesman. He said a connection rate of about 60 percent is considered acceptable nationally. 

    “We really couldn’t be more pleased,” Techmeyer said. “When you’re looking at 84 percent, it really went well.”

  • Council approves tax rebate for brewery

    The Littleton City Council has approved up to a $300,000 tax rebate as an incentive for the Breckenridge Brewery to relocate to Littleton.

    The council approved the tax rebate on June 4 when it gave final approval to Breckenridge Brewery’s site development plan. The council passed the measure on a 6-1 vote, with Councilwoman Peggy Cole voting no. 

    Breckenridge will receive a 50 percent rebate on any sales taxes collected after the first $40,000 is collected by Littleton. The brewery is estimated to bring in about $120,000 a year in tax revenue.

  • Littleton’s Election Commission eyes ‘approval voting’ plan

    The Colorado Coalition for Approval Voting is asking Littleton to change its voting system for municipal positions to make it possible for a voter to “approve” several candidates for an office.

    The coalition, led by Frank Atwood, made a presentation to Littleton’s Election Commission last week.

    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.

  • A hot time at the Littleton Museum

    Having modern conveniences in the kitchen doesn't always translate into doing less work. 

    Just ask a woman trying to cook her family a meal in the 1890s.

    "Industrialization made it harder for women," said Kathie Owens-Tucker, an interpreter at the 1890s farmhouse in the Littleton Museum. "We were expected to do more with all the new modern conveniences."

  • Jeffco Open Space seeking to streamline land acquisition process

    Jefferson County Open Space is looking to streamline its process for acquiring property. 

    During the Open Space Advisory Committee's retreat last week, committee members discussed a blanket resolution that would allow the Open Space Division to enter into negotiations for property that fits into its master plan.

    Under the current system, if Open Space is approached by a landowner wishing to sell property, it must seek permission from the advisory committee before beginning negotiations. 

  • Parents continue to voice concerns about ‘cloud’ storage of student data

    Parents continued to voice their opposition at last Thursday’s school board meeting to the district’s plan to implement the cloud-based data storage system called inBloom.

    “I’m doing my own research, and I’m looking for the list of data that Jeffco will be collecting, and I can’t find it,” said Jeffco parent Rachel Swalley. “I would like to know what (data) would be stored.”

  • To tax or not to tax … that is the question

    You may also have listened to the questions being asked of some of the Tea Party groups that are asking the government for tax-free status on the basis that they are primarily a public service organization, and not an organization dedicated to political purposes. My take is that they were asked mostly appropriate questions.

  • Time to address public-ed funding
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  • Stage 1 fire ban in effect in unincorporated Jeffco

    A temporary stage 1 fire ban took effect at 5 p.m. June 11 in areas of unincorporated Jefferson County.

    Recreational fires, except within a permanent fire grate at a park, campground, private residence or picnic area, are prohibited. Smoking must be done in areas that are cleared of all combustible material.

    Violators could face a fine up to $600.

    For more information, visit www.jeffco.us/sheriff/news/2013/temporary-stage-1-fire-restrictions-issu....