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Today's News

  • Bus driver faces charges in altercation with student

    A Jeffco Public Schools bus driver who is accused of grabbing a disruptive 12-year-old by his throat on his bus Jan. 30 will face child abuse charges in county court next month.

    David Blanchard, a 63-year-old Littleton resident, will face two counts of misdemeanor child abuse March 23 in Jefferson County Court. 

    Blanchard was picking students up from Bear Creek K-8 at 3 p.m. Jan. 30 when a 12-year-old male student allegedly became disruptive, according to Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

  • Neville revolutionized prep sports coverage

    You know you’ve reached a certain point in life when a longtime friend is recognized as a legend. And so it was for Laurie and me last week when we attended the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame induction dinner to see South Jeffco resident Marcia Neville be inducted.

  • Commissioners supportive of grant for Clement Park

    A $1 million grant from Jeffco Open Space to help replace Clement Park’s irrigation system looks to have support from the county commissioners.

    The grant, which requires a $1 million match from the Foothills Park and Recreation District, was part of a Jan. 27 presentation to the commissioners during their weekly briefings.

  • Jeffco school board votes to seek testing waiver

    The Jeffco school board voted to request a waiver that would let the district opt out of some state standardized testing, in a move that some board members said is premature.

    The Jeffco vote came Jan. 15, just a week after the State Board of Education approved a measure that allows districts to request waivers from exams developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

  • Gift store salutes family, the military

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    Nestled in a character-centric home on West Alamo Avenue in downtown Littleton is Buttercup Junction: a country store where the owners care mostly about two things—family and the military.

    “We’re very big on family,” said Michelle Sanchez, who owns the store with her mother, Peggy Maple. “We’ve acquired a tight-knit customer base that feels like family.”

  • Cemetery working to get Mount Lindo cross back in lights

    The company that owns Mount Lindo Cemetery off U.S. 285 hopes to have its giant cross shining without interruption by the fall.

    The lights on the 400-foot-high cross have been off intermittently since September due to weather, age and, oddly, bullets, said Gill Giddens, general manager of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

    “There’s been lightning strikes up there, just normal weather issues, blizzards and everything else,” Giddens said.

  • Legislators hope to rename road for late sheriff’s sergeant

    A group of legislators is proposing to rename a section of Colorado 93 in honor of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin, who died Jan. 26, 2014, when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.

    A bipartisan joint resolution by state Rep. Jon Keyser and co-sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson and state Sen. Cheri Jahn would rename the highway from mile marker zero to Colorado 72 the “JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.” Baldwin was on duty at the time of the accident.

  • Commissioners OK rezoning for self-storage center

    A zoning change to allow construction of a self-storage center on West Belleview Avenue just west of South Simms Street was approved Jan. 27 by Jeffco’s county commissioners.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier voted to add a storage center to allowable uses for the 2.56-acre property under planned development zoning. The plan for the property, which is just west of a Comfort Dental and Walgreens, is for a 50,000-square-foot center with 460 storage units.

  • Jeffco’s newest commissioner takes office

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Jan. 30 as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Kisiel, Lady Cougars sweep host Littleton

    History repeated itself for the Evergreen Lady Cougars’ basketball team as they bested the Littleton Lions, 52-43, on Jan. 31 at the Lions Den, giving them their second win against the Lady Lions this season.

    “Every time we come (to Littleton) we expect to play a scrappy game,” said Evergreen girls basketball head coach Amy Bahl. “But we always manage to pull out the win.”