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Today's News

  • Jeffco Human Services facing more cuts

    Jeffco’s Human Services Division is facing another round of cuts in the proposed 2014 budget and might have to eliminate positions and programs to balance its books. 

    One of the targeted programs is the Family Integrated Treatment Court, often called drug court, which costs the county about $500,000 annually.

    FIT Court, a voluntary program in the Jeffco court system, works with high-risk dependency or neglect cases involving families, with the goal of keeping children from having to be removed from homes.  

  • Littleton ballot has initiatives from citizens

    Along with four open seats on the City Council, Littleton voters will decide in the Nov. 5 election on potential changes to how the council operates and whether two new taxes should be levied. 

    Ballot measure 301 will let voters decide if the council will be held to stricter regulations when it comes to meeting behind closed doors. The issue was put on the ballot by a citizen petition. 

  • Scammer posing as cop tells victims to buy cards to pay fine

    A phone scammer targeting Jeffco residents is attempting to trick victims into buying retail gift cards to avoid fines from supposedly missing a jury-duty summons.

    The scam artist first targeted Jeffco residents starting Sept. 2 and 3. Throughout September, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office received more than 10 reports from citizens who received calls from a man pretending to be a major with the department. The man introduced himself as “Maj. Tom Wilson” and told the victims they had missed jury duty and were going to be arrested.

  • Make your voice heard in school board election

    Here we go again! There are three seats up for grabs on the Jefferson County Board of Education, and as was the case two years ago when the other two seats on the board were filled, no incumbents are running for re-election. And as also was the case the last time we elected school board members in Jefferson County, there are stark differences between the candidates.

  • Of mice, men and the end of the republic

    The flooding that hit Evergreen and parts of Jefferson and Clear Creek counties on Friday the 13th in September presented our four newspapers with the same challenge we face on a daily basis: Trying to cover stories that often overwhelm our resources in their scope and impact.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A diverting episode

  • Former Littleton police officer pleads guilty to drug trafficking

    Former Littleton police officer Jeffery Johnston pleaded guilty to one drug-trafficking charge and one gun-possession charge in federal court Monday.

    The FBI arrested Johnston at his home in Parker on July 19 after Johnston purchased about 16 grams of Ecstasy from an informant.

    After Johnston was taken into custody, federal agents searching his home allegedly found cocaine, steroids, hundreds of prescription pills, several firearms and ammunition, along with tools used to portion and distribute drugs.

  • Q&A with school board candidates

    Six candidates are vying for the three open seats on the Jeffco Board of Education in the Nov. 5 election.

    School board candidates run in geographic districts in nonpartisan races, but voters throughout the county cast ballots in all the races.

    The Jeffco school board has five members who represent five districts. Board members are not paid and serve four-year terms. The terms of Laura Boggs, Paula Noonan and Michele Patterson expire in November.

    The terms of board President Lesley Dahlkemper and board member Jill Fellman end in November 2015.

  • A ray of sunshine

    The group descended on the backyard in south Littleton during the early-morning calm of the weekend.

    Armed with rakes and saws, plastic bags and hammers, the two dozen volunteers attacked a large pile of junk in back of the house. 

    The husband and wife who own the home, and who wished to remain nameless, have lived in the house for 43 years. The husband, a former engineer, had collected various items over the years that he either intended to fix or turn into something new. 

  • Marketing plans contentious in Littleton’s 2014 budget

    Littleton’s 2014 budget was approved unanimously by the City Council on Oct. 15, despite some reservations about changes in how the city plans to market itself. 

    For 2014, the city is moving its communications staff from the city manager’s office into a separate communications and marketing department. The city will also increase funding for special events by $135,000. 

    As part of that move, one of the current staff members would transition into the position of a full-time marketing and events coordinator for the city.