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Today's News

  • Nonprofit coffee shop lessens the grind of grief in South Jeffco

    It’s not easy for Robin and James Buesching, aunt and nephew, to talk about why they started Heavenly Grounds Coffee House, which opened two months ago just west of Wadsworth at 8966 W. Bowles Ave.  

    “It all started with my father and his sudden death,” James Buesching said. 

    Rod Buesching, James’ father and Robin’s little brother, died on Nov. 13, 2011, at the age of 53. He had suffered from fibrosis of the heart and lungs and severe arthritis before dying of heart failure.

  • Sheriff’s Office seizes 18 horses from Morrison property

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office seized 18 horses from a Morrison property May 21.

    “The horses have illnesses and physical issues,” said Christine Padilla, an animal control officer with the Sheriff’s Office. “(Most of the horses) were kept in a dirt lot, and there was no grass for them to graze on.”

    Padilla also said there is a 75-foot drop on the property that isn’t fenced off.

    “The majority of the horses were in poor condition and underweight,” Padilla said. 

  • Littleton picks finalist for law firm

    The Littleton City Council has narrowed the list of law firms to serve in the vacant city attorney position from four to one. 

    The council voted 5-1 to move forward with negotiating with the law firm of Kissinger and Fellman to provide legal services to the city. Councilman Phil Cernanec voted against the resolution, and Councilman Bruce Beckman was absent. 

  • Littleton City Council ousts planning board member

    The Littleton City Council has voted to remove Scott Ranville from the city’s planning board.

    Ranville, who was removed from the board May 21 on a 6-0 vote, was appointed to the volunteer panel in April and had attended two meetings, including a postponed hearing on the proposed Broadstone development project on May 13.

  • School district’s ‘cloud’ storage plan criticized

    The Jeffco School District’s plan to test a “cloud” storage system for student data has some parents concerned that vital information about their kids would be vulnerable to hackers and security breaches.

    More than 35 concerned parents gathered at Normandy Elementary School on May 22 to voice their disapproval of the district’s plan to pilot “inBloom” — software developed by an Atlanta-based nonprofit that would centralize mountains of student data and store it off site.

  • Jeffco sheriff gets authority to prohibit openly carrying guns in county buildings

    The Jeffco county commissioners approved an ordinance Thursday that allows the sheriff to prohibit openly carrying firearms in designated county buildings despite Commissioner Don Rosier’s concern that the ordinance left too many questions unanswered.

    The ordinance, approved on a 2-1 vote with Rosier dissenting, directs the sheriff to conduct yearly vulnerability assessments of county buildings and to decide whether the open carrying of firearms should be banned.

  • Taking a stroll

    Ashley Piniazkiewicz leads a group of women on a brief run during a program called Stroller Strides on May 23 at Clement Park. The group meets regularly to exercise and enjoy camaraderie with other mothers.

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp set for Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting its annual speed and agility camp June 3 to July 3.
    The camp runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and is open to children in grades two through 12. The camp runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m., for grades 2-9 and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for grades 10-12.
    Cost is $85. Brochures are available in the main office at Dakota Ridge and online at the school’s website at  https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/.

  • Eagles’ Merchant ties for 3rd place

    By Michael Hicks
    Sports Editor
    The Tiara Rado Golf Course, home of the 2013 5A state girls golf championship, did its job. It played tough and hard with a lot of roll to it.
    But the Grand Junction course also played fair. That’s all Dakota Ridge’s Sydney Merchant and Gillian Vance could ask for as the Lady Eagles’ duo peaked at the right time, each finishing in the top 10 on May 21 at the conclusion of the two-day tournament.

  • Saye gives it his all

    LAKEWOOD — It was supposed to be offseason training, a getaway from the Colorado winter. Littleton’s Tucker Saye was rounding the track on his 2013 Staman’s Motorsports Suzuki 450, chasing down the second-place rider as part of the five-race Texas Winter Series. It was the last moto of the day, and he was off to a good start.