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Today's News

  • Former D’Evelyn band teacher sentenced for taking video of female students

    Former D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School band teacher Matthew James Taylor has been sentenced to two years of weekends in the county jail for using his cell phone to record video under the skirts and shorts of female students.

     

    Taylor — who had pleaded guilty on June 11 to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony, and harassment — was brought to justice after one student used her own cell phone to take photos of Taylor’s interactions with other girls.

  • Cyanobacteria closes Johnston Reservoir

    Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park is closed temporarily as a result of an outbreak of blue-green algae blooms.

    The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Signs have been posted warning against wading, fishing or contact with water in the lake, which has been closed since early August.

    Colin Insley, director of parks, planning and construction for the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said the record heat in the area this summer likely led to the growth of the cyanobacteria.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hydration intimidation situation

  • Embroiderers’ Guild members add color to Jeffco Fair

    By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    If you met these ladies at the county fair, they likely had you in stitches — as only members of a stitchery circle can.

    The Foothills Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America was on hand in the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fair from Aug. 9-12, marking the first year of participation for the sewing and stitchery circle. The 101-strong group includes Mary Mahaffey of Littleton, Lisa Ericson of Centennial and Marcia Martin of Golden, the current chapter president.

  • Festival Day highlights Littleton celebration

    The day to be in Littleton this summer is Festival Day — Saturday, Aug. 18 — the high point of Western Welcome Week, a 12-day celebration of community, tradition and fun.

    Festival Day activities include a day-long lineup of family-friendly and free events starting with the 32nd Littleton Firefighters’ Children’s Parade from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and followed by the Grand Parade down Main Street and a massive craft fair.

  • Repair in the works for stretch of South Ward

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Jeffco Road and Bridge Division are getting together to fix a 700-foot stretch of South Ward Street that has been impaired by an underlying dipping-bedrock problem. 

    Under a tentative agreement unveiled at a meeting of the county commissioners on July 31, the repairs are estimated to cost $750,000. Foothills is expected to pay $500,000, and the county would pay no more than $250,000.

  • Neighbors protest 3-story apartment building in Ken Caryl

    Over the objections of residents of a neighboring townhome complex, the Jefferson County Planning Commission approved a proposal to rezone 14 acres to allow a 320-unit apartment building in a proposed mixed-use development in the Ken Caryl Business Center at Shaffer Parkway and Shaffer Place.

    The seven-member board unanimously recommended the rezoning after a two-hour hearing on Aug. 8. The proposal is scheduled to go before the county commissioners for a final decision on Aug. 28. The Planning Commission is empowered only to make recommendations.

  • Schools coping with declines in state funding

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property-tax increase.

    Jeffco Public Schools can’t count on state funding to make up its budget shortfalls, which is why it is asking voters in November to approve a tax increase, a district administrator says.

  • New home on tap for Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center

    The Dinosaur Ridge Visitor Center could be moving to a larger, modern facility on 19 acres that were purchased by Jeffco Open Space in 2009. 

    Under a tentative agreement between the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge and the county, by 2018 the center would move to a new building higher on the Hogback and closer to the famous dinosaur tracks.

  • Part of West Quincy Avenue reopens

    The contractor has completed construction on a section of West Quincy Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and Quincy Place, and the road was scheduled to be open to traffic by the end of the day Aug. 9. South Nelson Street from Nassau to West Quincy Avenue is also open.

    The final phase of construction on West Quincy will close West Quincy between South Simms Street and West Radcliffe Drive. The South Simms Street roundabout will remain open.

    Construction of the final phase of West Quincy is anticipated to be complete in November.