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Today's News

  • Jeffco school officials eye School Finance Act

    A bill at the state legislature that would revamp how school districts receive funding for the first time in 20 years is still too murky for Jeffco school board members to endorse.

    “There are many moving parts,” said Lesley Dahlkemper, president of the Jeffco school board. “There are a lot of promising aspects of the bill, but there are some pieces that are very complex.”

    Ed Bowditch, Jeffco schools’ lobbyist, said he expected the bill to be amended several times, and that substantive discussions should start in three weeks.

  • Council OKs controversial longevity incentive for city manager

    The Littleton City Council has approved a measure designed to encourage the city manager to stick around long term, but some council members complained that the move violates the spirit of the city charter.

    At its regular meeting March 19, the council voted 4-3 to add a longevity bonus scheme to the contract of City Manager Michael Penny. Penny’s $155,000 yearly salary will be augmented with a month’s salary, to be paid when he leaves the job, for every year he remains in the position, with the bonus capped at 11 months’ pay. 

  • Littleton police chief candidates narrowed to five

    The search for Littleton’s new police chief has been narrowed to five candidates. 

    Littleton has released the names of the five finalists to replace Police Chief Heather Coogan, who announced her retirement Jan. 18. Coogan’s retirement takes effect April 1. 

    The list of five was narrowed from 45 applicants. 

  • Bill gives spouses, kids of GIs in-state tuition

    The state House has approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Everett, R-South Jeffco, to give spouses and children of military personnel stationed in Colorado in-state tuition.

    It’s the first bill by the first-term legislator to win House approval. 

    Everett said that during his campaign, he was approached by a serviceman stationed in Colorado Springs. The man had just been transferred from Georgia, but his wife and daughter stayed behind because his daughter wouldn’t have qualified for in-state tuition here.

  • Council OKs zoning changes for Breckenridge Brewery

    Littleton is officially poised to join the world of craft beer. 

    On March 19, the Littleton City Council unanimously approved a zoning change to allow Breckenridge Brewery to build a 12-acre facility at South Santa Fe Drive and Briarwood Avenue next to the South Platte River. The brewery, which should be completed by the fall of 2014, will include a distribution center along with a restaurant and gift shop.

    Breckenridge has described the project as a destination brewery, one easily accessed by bikers from the nearby Mary Carter Greenway Trail. 

  • Shhhhh! Alamo Drafthouse has arrived

    It’s going to be a whole lot easier now to go out for dinner and a movie in Littleton.

    The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opened in Aspen Grove this week, marking the Austin, Texas-based company’s first foray into Colorado. And the chain is bringing its unique brand of movie-going experience.

    The concept of the Alamo is simple enough: dinner and a movie all rolled into one. Yet it’s in the execution that Alamo distinguishes itself. 

  • Jail prisoner who committed suicide identified

     

    The prisoner found dead in his cell at the Jefferson County jail has been identified as Eric Vasquez, 24. 

    Vasquez had been transferred by the Colorado Department of Corrections to Jeffco for a hearing on an identity-theft charge, said Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the DOC. Vazquez had previously been convicted of possession of a controlled substance and had been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

  • Hours changing at Littleton post offices

    Littleton’s five post offices will adjust their hours starting April 1 as part of a metro-wide review of postal operations.

    The reductions are part of a normal review of the post office’s retail operations, said David Rupert, the U.S. Postal Service’s Colorado spokesman.

  • RTD conducts tour of west light-rail line, with opening on the horizon

    After almost four years of construction, the grand opening of RTD’s west light-rail line is just a month away. 

    The 12.1 miles of new track, set to open April 26, will connect Golden and the West Sixth Avenue corridor to downtown Denver and the rest of RTD’s light-rail system. The line represents the first completed stage of light-rail expansion as part of RTD’s FasTracks program, a $6.4 billion, voter-approved expansion of commuter and light-rail lines in the Denver area.

  • Open Space at 40

    When development threatened to turn their paradise into parking lots, the people of Jefferson County decided to preserve the beautiful landscapes they treasured before open land became subdivision material.

    Nov. 7, 2013, will mark the 40th anniversary of the day Jeffco voters agreed to enact a 0.05-cent sales tax to fund a program that would preserve some of the scenic peaks, outcrops, meadows and streams that define our county from the mountains to the plains.