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Today's News

  • Mega-chain thinking small

    A new, smaller Walmart will open for business Friday, June 29, in the refurbished former Albertsons and SmartCo shopping space at West Bowles Avenue and South Lowell Boulevard in the Columbine Valley Shopping Center. The space has been vacant for a couple of years.

    SmartCo opened one of five grocery/farmers market hybrids in the building in August 2010 but closed all its stores in the chain about four months later.

  • From Peaks to Plains

    A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

    The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space.

  • Smart911 provides key information to first-responders

    A new user-controlled database program called Smart911 has been activated by Jefferson County to help emergency services access basic information about households at the other end of a 911 call.

    When dispatchers receive a 911 call from a land line, they typically see only a phone number and address on a computer screen. When a cell phone calls 911, the dispatcher can see the phone number, the name of the service provider and the approximate location in geographic coordinates of the caller.

  • A patriotic party in the park

    Food and free community fun are in store at the annual patriotic celebration Red, White & You from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Clement Park.

    The event's fireworks display has been canceled because of extreme fire danger in the area, but other activities will go on as scheduled.

    Produced by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, Red, White & You includes a concert by Black Water, a band that performs a musical tribute to the Doobie Brothers, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Counties win $4.6 million grant for Clear Creek trail

    Great Outdoors Colorado announced Tuesday a $4.6 million grant to help Jefferson County and Clear Creek County build a 6-mile trail along Clear Creek as part of GOCO's precedent-setting River Corridors Initiative.

    The award is part of a strategic decision to concentrate lottery funds on river and creek projects across the state. All together, the GOCO board announced Tuesday a total of $29.5 million in lottery grants for eight river projects.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Good deed doesn’t go unpunished

  • Couple attempt suicide before sentencing in abuse case

    A couple who were scheduled to be sentenced for child abuse on June 18 apparently attempted suicide and were rushed to Littleton Hospital in unknown condition.

    Relatives found Christine and Randal Arnold after they had apparently attempted to commit suicide by consuming a large number of unidentified pills, according to published reports.

  • Lions add arms to rotation in sweep

    Summer baseball can be a bit different than regular-season baseball. Coaches use summer ball to reconfigure their teams after graduating seniors leave and young freshmen join. Coaches suss out players’ strengths, determining who can play which position.
    That’s exactly what Littleton High School head coach Micah “Bernie” Bernhardt did during the Lions’ home doubleheader against the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) on June 15 en route to a pair of five-inning victories — 10-0 in Game 1 and 17-3 in the nightcap.

  • Chatfield grad Graham gets back on the saddle

    EVERGREEN — The last time bareback rider J.D. Graham competed he broke his right wrist. That was nine months ago at the Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Finals in Grand Junction.
    But the 21-year-old Chatfield Senior High graduate from Littleton was back on the saddle June 16 at the 46th annual Evergreen Rodeo.
    “If I’m going to get on one it might as well be for a lot of money,” said Graham, moments after his first ride back at the El Pinal Rodeo Grounds.

  • Q&A: Five questions with Robbie McEwen

    Robbie McEwen was a member of Chatfield Senior High’s 2001 5A state football championship team. He moved to Nebraska where he played at Division I-AA Drake before transferring to Division-I Nebraska. Now he’s training the art of long snapping while also practicing law. The Columbine Courier’s Michael Hicks recently caught up with McEwen.

    1. While at Chatfield, you were a key cog on the 2001 5A state championship team that went 14-0, including a 9-3 win over Fairview in the finals. What was that season like for you?