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Today's News

  • Bat found in Littleton tests positive for rabies

    A bat specimen from Littleton submitted May 7 to the Colorado Department of Public Health was the first animal to test positive for rabies this year.

    A homeowner found the dead bat near a window well. No human exposure is known to have occurred, according to a Jeffco health department release issued May 16.

    The rabies virus is found in the saliva of an infected animal and can be transmitted when a rabid animal bites or scratches another animal or person.

  • Let’s try to keep politics in its place

    As we enter the most intense period of the American political cycle — Ppresidential election season — it’s worth reminding ourselves that not everything is political. This may sound obvious enough, but lately the line between politics and everything else has become blurred.
    It all starts with our insatiable appetite for all things political. Car bumpers blare opinions in ever-more-shrill tones. News outlets have drifted away from factual reporting and now rely heavily on the expression of opinion, most of it raw and partisan.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Opie gone bad

  • Optometrist seeks appointment to Foothills board

    Tim James — a family man, business owner, park district resident for 10 years and avid fan of the active, outdoor lifestyle — believes it's time "to give back and serve the community."

    James has submitted his name as an applicant for appointment to the Foothills Park and Rec District board from Ward 2.

    The position became available when incumbent Jill Nunes decided not to run again this spring. No one else submitted their name before the May 8 election, leaving it up to the board to make an appointment.

  • Increase in crime-lab construction costs irks commissioners

    A construction company hired to produce detailed cost estimates for a Jeffco crime lab and community corrections facility says the price tag is $13 million higher than the $46.4 million originally budgeted.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners took a dim view of the news, saying that cuts would have to be made because there is no more money in the budget.

  • Glamor garage complex coming to Ken Caryl

    After pioneering similar developments in Longmont and Highlands Ranch, entrepreneurs Glenn McWilliams and Mike Ard are starting construction on their third high-end storage complex, on 6.3 acres at Shaffer Place and West Chatfield Avenue in the Ken Caryl Business Center.

     

  • Jeffco unveils bicycle-pedestrian plan

    In response to the growing demand for healthy alternatives to automobiles and the popularity of bicycles for commuting, Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Division has created a combination bicycle-pedestrian plan that would build bicycle-friendly elements into roads designed for cars only.

    The plan was presented to the county commissioners at the weekly meeting May 1 and adopted on a 3-0 vote.

    The first bicycle-pedestrian plan was created in 1995 and consisted of sidewalks along major roads and trails along major drainage ways.

  • Jeffco Schools considering property-tax increase

    The Jeffco school board is weighing a property-tax increase for the November ballot that would cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $30 a year over the current bill.

    The district, which has made significant cutbacks in recent years and faces more without additional revenue, is proposing two measures: a $35 million to $39 million revenue increase from the basic mill levy, plus a $99 mililon bond issue.

  • Violations up slightly this year at eateries

    Raw chicken stored next to avocados and hand sinks used for dumping mop water and food preparation contributed to an average of about 3.6 critical violations found at local restaurants in the past year, instances that can contribute to food-borne illness.

    The local health-department average represents a slight increase over the same period last year, which through a prior Columbine Courier analysis found less than 3.5 critical violations per restaurant in South Jeffco.

  • Track & field leaders

    Following is a list of current qualifiers, as listed by MaxPreps, for the state track and field championships, scheduled for May 17-19 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Only the top 18 qualifiers by the deadline of May 12 will qualify for state in their respective classification and category.

    5A BOYS
    200 meters: Erik Gaytan, Chatfield, 7th, 0:21:64
    400 meters: Gaytan, Chatfield, 3rd, 0:48.36
    800 meters: Calvin Mass, Littleton, 17th, 2:00.34
    1,600 meters: Danny Carney, Dakota Ridge, 17th, 4:32.25