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Today's News

  • Federal cuts impact Jefferson County Head Start

    Jeffco’s Head Start program could serve 400 fewer kids during the next school year as a result of across-the-board federal funding cuts known as sequestration. 

    The 5 percent budget cut would mean about $152,000 less for the county’s Head Start program. Lynn Johnson, Jeffco’s human services director, said the cuts would mean laying off three teachers, and 96 fewer families — about 400 kids — would not be able to participate in the program during the 2013-14 school year. 

  • Littleton fireworks shows still on schedule

    Get ready for some fireworks on the Fourth of July — just make sure you’re not the one putting on a show. 

    As of press time, fireworks displays were to go on as scheduled at Foothills Park & Rec’s Red, White & You celebration on Wednesday and at Littleton’s Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks on Thursday. 

    Last year both fireworks shows were canceled due to fire danger and dry weather.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    Does anyone else miss Jaclyn Smith?

  • All-conference boys swimming team

    The following are all-conference selections for the 4A/5A Jeffco League for the 2013 spring sports season:

    BOYS SWIMMING
    FIRST TEAM

  • Sports briefs

    HOCKEY
    Ex-Littleton product Jones drafted by Predators

    Seth Jones, a former player for the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds, was drafted with the No. 4 pick in the NHL draft June 30 by the Nashville Predators.
    The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was projected as one of the top players in this year’s draft, but the hometown Colorado Avalanche elected to go with center Nathan Mackinnon with the No. 1 overall pick. Florida and Tampa Bay followed suit by going offensive before the draft’s top defender came off the board.

  • Dietz Challenge pushes players to absolute max

    Dan Dietz looked at the field on June 28 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium and knew the effort that was being put forth, by both the Chatfield Senior High and Heritage High football players, was worthy of honoring the sacrifice his son Danny Dietz made. The younger Dietz, a U.S. Navy SEAL, made the ultimate sacrifice on June 28, 2005.

  • Evacuation alerts lifted for Willow Bend Fire

    Level 1 evacuation alerts were lifted Tuesday morning for the Willow Bend Fire, which had burned 1.5 acres on U.S. Forest Service land near Long Scraggy Peak.

    The wildfire, which started early Monday afternoon, was reported to be 70  percent contained on Tuesday afternoon.

    CodeRED calls went to 119 phones Monday between the South Platte River and Deckers, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and North Fork responded. A helicopter was being used to drop water on the blaze.

  • Survivor of Columbine shootings dies while on the job in N.M.

    A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 has died while working in New Mexico.

    Matthew Depew, 30, was electrocuted while working on power lines in Carlsbad, N.M., for Xcel Energy on June 15. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Department, all attempts to revive Depew were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • House Amendment provided funds for fire recovery

    As the state endures another dry summer and the wildfires that inevitably result, two Colorado congressmen are trying to put more money into recovery efforts once fires have been put out. 

    Colorado U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, and Corey Gardner, R-Yuma, sponsored a successful amendment to the doomed Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the FARM Bill, that was designed to help with wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts. 

  • A rose is a rose, but a wildfire by any other name baffles

    What’s in a name? In the case of last week’s wildfire near Pine, a lot of confusion.

    When the Chair Rock Fire underwent a name change and became the Lime Gulch Fire on June 19, residents 900 miles away might have been a little worried: Lime Gulch is a valley in Montana. But in Lion Gulch, here in Jeffco, the fire burned 511 acres in rugged terrain south of Conifer.