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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

     

    Toxic spill contained

  • Zoning change for Natural Grocers gets county approval

    Plans to build a new Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage store in South Jeffco are moving forward.

    The Jeffco commissioners on Jan. 15 approved rezoning of land at South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue. Zoning on part of the 1.5-acre lot had to be changed from agricultural 1 to planned development.

    The zoning change gives the green light for ground to be broken on the more than 15,000-square-foot organic grocery store, which will replace the company’s store at South Simms Street and West Ken Caryl Avenue. 

  • Commissioners approve changes to parking regulations

    The county commissioners have unanimously approved several changes to parking regulations, despite some homeowners’ fears that their neighborhoods will become parking lots for recreational vehicles.

    RVs can now be parked on a residential street in unincorporated Jefferson County for 28 days. Previously, an RV could be left in the same general spot for 14 days.

    The change came after a resident’s suggestion as the commissioners were studying revisions to the parking rules.

  • Everett hitting the ground running in his first session

    The start of the 2013 Colorado legislative session two weeks ago was marked by several firsts, including more new lawmakers than ever before.

    Among the 31 newcomers at the Capitol is state Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton, from House District 22. Everett defeated Democratic opponent Mary Parker by almost 10 percentage points in the newly redrawn district.

    Everett said that, since winning election in November, it has been a crash course in both legislative procedures and researching all the issues that will come through his committees.

  • Sports briefs

    BASKETBALL
    “Think Pink Night” scheduled for Feb. 8 at Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge High is hosting “Think Pink Night” as part of  the Rebels’ doubleheader girls and boys basketball game against Columbine on Feb. 8. Dakota Ridge will honor family members and friends who are breast cancer survivors during halftime of the boys game. Each  survivor gets into the game free.

    RUGBY
    Swarm Rugby hosting information meeting Jan. 24

  • Height, game fall in Rebels’ favor vs. Wildcats

    Columbine was 9-2; Arvada West 9-3. On paper, they were evenly-matched teams, but when the the Wildcats went to the Rebels’ house the scales tipped heavily in Columbine’s favor as evidence by a 72-50 victory on Jan. 17.
    Early in the game Columbine established its dominance, building a 10-0 lead. That was the wake-up call the Wildcats needed to start hitting their shots and before the period ended Arvada West was on the board. The score was as close as it would get the whole night at 19-11.

  • Language lessons: Bemis offers course in Mandarin Chinese

    Learning a language often means learning a culture as well. Language teacher Yi Ren points out that giving a person from China a clock for a gift can be tricky.

    "Don't give a clock. The pronunciation of ‘clock’ is similar to ‘bad luck,’ " said Yi, who is teaching a class in Mandarin Chinese at the Bemis Public Library. "When I teach a class, I focus on the language part and the culture part."

  • Correction

    A report in Sheriff’s Calls in the Jan. 16 edition incorrectly said two girls had been in trouble with their parents for drinking alcohol. The deputy’s report referred only to one of the girls in relation to drinking, and no other negative behaviors were named.

  • Coogan to retire as Littleton's police chief

    The first female police chief in Littleton’s history, Heather Coogan, is set to retire on April 1 after five years in the position.
    Coogan is taking advantage of the Littleton Police Department’s offer of early retirement to officers between the ages of 57 and 65. The city has offered several incentives for early retirement, including paying for health and dental insurance premiums for the officers.

  • School board member Noonan arrested on outstanding warrant for traffic ticket

    Jeffco school board member Paula Noonan was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 8 when Denver police officers became aware of an outstanding warrant from a 2011 traffic ticket.

    Noonan wrote in a letter to the editor of the Courier that in 2011 she was ticketed for not having proof of insurance when she was pulled over. Noonan was given a court date, which she said she missed.

    Noonan apologized publicly at the school board’s meeting Thursday evening.