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Today's News

  • Two new stores to open in Aspen Grove shopping center

    By Stephanie Alderton

    For the Courier

    Two new businesses will be moving into the Aspen Grove shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive in the next two months.

    Brilliant Sky Toys and Books has leased the space formerly occupied by Build-A-Bear, and Fab’rik, which sells designer women’s apparel, will open in what used to be a Lucky Jeans store. 

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson

    I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • Student protests continue Wednesday, include Chatfield, Dakota Ridge

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • Becoming American

    Thirty-seven immigrants from across the world stood in the Littleton City Council chambers, surrounded by their friends and families. They raised their right hands and pledged loyalty to their new country. 

    When the ceremony ended Sept. 17, the 37 immigrants had been replaced with 37 U.S. citizens.

    The story of America is the story of the immigrants who come here to start a new life, saying goodbye to homes and past lives in the ultimate gamble on a new beginning. 

  • Jeffco school board tables controversial curriculum committee

    The Jeffco Board of Education tabled last Thursday its proposal to create a curriculum committee tasked with evaluating the district’s Advanced Placement history class after heated discussion at the meeting and dissension from the PTA earlier in last week.

     “I have to say, I find this resolution chilling,” said board member Lesley Dahlkemper after reading the proposed guidelines for the committee.

  • Wild blue yonder: Balloon club takes flight at Chatfield State Park

    On a day when the skies are clear and the winds calm, a small, tight-knit community descends on an empty field in Chatfield State Park and ascends to new heights. 

    In the early-morning light on Sept. 20, members of the Colorado Balloon Club unloaded their equipment, unfurled their balloons and attached their baskets. Soon, those left on the ground watched as the balloons and their passengers slowly floated away. 

  • A sign of the (political) times

    The county commissioners want to deliver some clear signs to Jeffco residents on signage — specifically, what signs are allowed and what ones violate zoning rules.

    With another campaign season in full spin, the Planning and Zoning Department has clarified its signage policies. The county recently has issued more than a few zoning violations for improperly placed or non-conforming signs, especially those of the political variety. The county commissioners heard a staff briefing on the matter Sept. 9. 

  • Littleton pledges to consult all taxing entities on urban renewal

    The Littleton City Council has pledged to consult all involved taxing entities on the use of tax-increment financing for urban renewal.

    The resolution, approved on a 7-0 vote Sept. 16,  means all affected taxing entities, including Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban Park and Recreation and Arapahoe County, will be included in conversations about redevelopment using tax-increment financing.