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Today's News

  • West Metro Fire set to approve reductions in 2015 budget

    The West Metro Fire Protection District board was set to approve a 2015 budget at a meeting Tuesday that includes shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area and reducing the number of on-duty firefighters.

    The cuts are part of a budget-balancing effort after voters rejected a 3-mill property-tax increase last May that would have raised taxes on a $300,000 home by $72 annually. The cuts represent about $2 million in savings in the 2015 budget.

  • Holiday remembrances

    Scores of people participated in a “pinecone ceremony” and farolito lighting to mark the holiday season at The Fort restaurant in Morrison on Sunday under snowy skies.

    Visitors wrote a name or names on a piece of paper of loved ones they want to remember during the holidays and slipped the paper into a pinecone. The pinecones then were tossed into a campfire built in the central courtyard of the restaurant, the messages carried into the sky by the flames.

  • Santa’s arrival lights the holiday night

    Despite a rapidly approaching Christmas Eve deadline, Santa Claus found a little time for his annual drive down Littleton’s Main Street on Friday.

    Kris Kringle’s appearance was part of Littleton’s Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting. The holiday celebration, in its 31st year, raised money for Interfaith Community Services and collected toys for the Arapahoe Santa Claus Shop charity.

  • A pre- and post-Thanksgiving Day pet parade at animal shelter

    For some, Black Friday is all about finding the best deal on a new flat screen. But for the hundreds who packed Foothills Animal Shelter on Friday, the day was all about finding a new furry friend. And a good deal.

    The shelter featured adoption specials on the days before and after Thanksgiving, hoping to place as many pets as possible. More than 64 animals found forever homes during the two days, said Jennifer Strickland, spokeswoman for the shelter. By Friday afternoon, only two dogs remained available for adoption.

  • Writing the book on fund-raising

    The Jefferson County Library Foundation has a simple goal with its Books for Kids Campaign: Get a book in the hands of as many Jeffco kids as possible.

    The foundation kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign Nov. 14; it has already given away more than 15,000 books this year, either through visits to classrooms or at events.

  • Change to development waivers undergoing some adjustments

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have asked for some fine-tuning of a proposal to change the way developers seek waivers on certain requirements.

    The changes presented to the commissioners Nov. 25 were designed to encourage more input in the waiver process from outside groups, which currently have no say in the process. Yet the commissioner said too many questions remained about whether the changes would improve a system that currently generates few complaints.

    The board is scheduled to hear the modified proposal on Dec. 9.

  • Small businesses have a big day

    Sometimes you have to think small to have a big impact.

    Small Business Saturday was a busy day in downtown Littleton. The shopping holiday was created in 2010 by American Express to bring Black Friday’s big-chain focus back to local stores on the following day.

    “It was so crazy in here yesterday. It was a beautiful thing,” Julie Pech, owner the Chocolate Therapist on Main Street in Littleton, said Sunday. “Yesterday was the busiest day the shop has had in any November.”

  • 2014-15 girls basketball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
    Head coach: Mike Deutsch
    Assistant coaches: Terry Nickels, Liz Baker
    2013-14 record: 7-17 overall, 5-11 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Gabby Miller, Jr., 5-7, G; Peyton Gibler, Jr., 5-4, PG; Jessica Jarecki, Jr., 5-7, SF
    Key losses: Emily Lachenmeyer, Kate Gelston, Katie Glander, Shelby Piper

  • Girls basketball: Lady Eagles hope to replicate last year’s success

    Dakota Ridge head coach Rich Gavelda is back, as is junior point guard Caitlin Navratil. But the Lady Eagles must replace its top two scorers — Jae Ferrin and Lauren Wood — after a 19-win season, which included a trip to the 5A Great Eight.

  • 2014-15 boys basketball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Steve Schimpeler
    Assistant coaches: Gary Anderson, Todd Glasser, Craig Aukland
    2013-14 record: 20-5 overall, 14-2 5A Jeffco League
    Players to watch: Joe Miks, Soph., 6-1, Wing; Cameron Pearson, Jr., 5-11, PG
    Key losses: Alec Wray, Andrew St. Germain, Riley Welch, Austin Rice