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Today's News

  • Littleton voters to decide on taxes on marijuana, hotel stays

    Littleton voters will decide in November whether the city can enact a tax on sales of recreational marijuana and on hotel rooms.

    While the City Council has yet to decide if it will allow sales of recreational marijuana, residents will vote on a proposed 3 percent sales tax on pot sales. That tax would be added to the city’s existing sales tax, along with any state tax on recreational marijuana.

  • Council votes to double impact fees on development

    The Littleton City Council has voted to double the fees charged on new development to pay for the increased use of city services that commercial and residential growth generates.

    On a 6-1 vote on Aug. 20, the council approved the new system of impact fees, with Councilman Jim Taylor opposed.

    Impact fees help the city pay for increased use of the fire and police departments, museum, library, and roads as a result of new development.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeks clear goals for next five years

    Jeffco Open Space wants its new master plan to do more than just collect dust.

    The plan, which gets an overhaul every five years, will include a set of benchmarks to help the Open Space Division see if it’s meeting stated goals. Previous master plans have lacked goals and objectives that could be measured, said Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby.

  • Two citizen initiatives make Littleton ballot

    A citizen initiative that would change how property is rezoned and another that would restrict when Littleton’s City Council goes into executive session will appear on this November’s ballot.

    A group of residents led by Frank Atwood, Mary Bradford, Betty Harris, Jose Trujillo and Carol Brzeczek collected signatures to get the two proposals on the ballot, and the 1,600 necessary signatures were validated by Littleton last week.

    Harris said the two changes are necessary to iesure an open governmental process.

  • Jewish community to begin celebration of High Holy Days

    The Jewish community in Jefferson County is preparing for the High Holy Days — a time of spiritual reflection, repentance and renewal known as the Days of Awe.

    This year’s celebration begins on the evening of Sept. 4 with Rosh Hashana and continues through Sept. 14 with concluding Yom Kippur services.

    "The Jewish High Holy Days season is both solemn and joyous," said Rabbi Séverine Sokol of Congregation B'nai Chaim in Morrison.

  • Fast-moving storm hits Ken Caryl

    A quick-forming thunderstorm produced heavy rainfall and several inches of hail in Ken Caryl on Aug. 22.

    The storm resulted in shredded gardens and trees, as well as headaches for Ken Caryl businesses. According to the National Weather Service, the storm dropped just under 2 inches of rain in a short amount of time, setting a new record for the day. The sudden rainfall prompted a flash-flood warning for parts of central and South Jeffco from 6 to 8 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Debate over storage system for student data continues

    A heated debate over the Jeffco school district’s plan to implement the inBloom system to store student data continued when more than 100 concerned parents gathered at the school board’s study session last Thursday evening.

    “There are concerns that centralizing confidential student data increases the risk of hacking,” Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland told the board.

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    From the Art Crimes Division

  • 2013 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coach: Brett Terry
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2012 record: 10-15 overall, 4-4 league
    2012 recap: The senior-laden Lady Rebels went 0-2 in the Region 8 tournament, losing to Highlands Ranch and Greeley West. Senior middle blocker Lauren Cole earned first-team All-Jeffco and was second in blocks and third in kills. Senior Verenice Chaparro also was first-team all-league.

  • Cutthroats tryout lets hopefuls dream of a chance at pros

    One played just a season of high school hockey and seven more in adult leagues. Another was born without a left hand. Forty-two players in all donned their hockey gear at The Edge Ice Arena hoping to catch the attention of head coach Derek Anderson and the Denver Cutthroats’ minor league hockey staff.
    For many, this could be their only shot. A three-day open tryout, limited to a select number of players per position, was held Aug. 23-25. As Anderson said, it’s about the spirit of the game, about giving guys an opportunity.