Today's News

  • Bandimere possibly looking to add commercial, residential uses in future

    The owners of Bandimere Speedway are seeking a rezoning of their property that would keep the existing use of a racetrack but add residential and commercial uses to about 150 acres along C-470.

    The rezoning, which is in the pre-application process with Jeffco Planning and Zoning, would involve more than 123 acres in unincorporated Jeffco, including the 106.8-acre racetrack property, along with 19.4 acres south of the track in Morrison and 7.1 acres north and east of the track in Lakewood.

  • Commissioners never tire of bike-lane debate

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a vote — for the third time — on new transportation rules that would require striped bicycle lanes to be added to some roads.

    The commissioners voted Oct. 27 to delay a final vote on the changes amid continued disagreement over the striped bicycle lanes. The amendments were originally presented Sept. 1 and again Sept. 29.

  • D’Evelyn named best public high school in state

    D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School has been named the best public high school in Colorado for 2015 by the educational research website StartClass.

    The ranking is based on D’Evelyn students’ average performance on a variety of standardized tests, along with other statistical information. SmartClass is operated by Graphiq, a statistical analysis company that works in a variety of fields.

  • Jeffo Open Space lands grant for programs to connect with youths

    The Be Wild, Jeffco coalition of Jeffco Open Space has received a $75,000 grant to encourage youths to experience the outdoors.

    The funding from Great Outdoors Colorado is aimed at creating programs and expanding parks to improve access for young people, said Open Space spokeswoman Thea Rock.

    Many Jeffco youngsters live in areas with gaps in nature connections, Rock said — similar to people who live in “food deserts” that lack readily accessible grocery stores.

    “Maybe there is no park in their neighborhood,” she said.

  • PBS show will look at Jeffco’s fractured school district

    A PBS program called “Postcards from a Divided America,” set to air next summer, will highlight Jeffco’s contentious school board election, a producer said.

    Producer Paul Stekler said the project will focus on state and local politics in different states, “the dynamics of which may be relevant to the outcome of the November 2016 race for president.” A short film on Colorado will highlight state politics as well as the Jeffco school board election of 2015.

  • Inter-Canyon Fire expecting jump in property-tax revenue

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is expecting a boost in 2016 tax revenue after assessed values of homes in the district increased by about 16.6 percent.

    The department is expecting about $130,000 more in tax revenue in 2016 than in it did in 2015, according to board treasurer Karl Firor.

    Firor said he hopes to put the extra money into reserves for future equipment needs or possibly for pension-fund payouts. The district board had its first budget strategy meeting for 2016 in October.

  • Littleton residents set to visit sister city in Australia

    A delegation of citizen ambassadors is set to travel to Littleton’s sister city — Bega, Australia — in 2016, and the group is seeking more members.

    More than 20 people have signed up to make the 9,000-mile journey to the southeast coast of Australia and the Bega Valley. For most of the trip, set to depart March 18 and return April 4, the citizen ambassadors will stay with Bega residents and get a glimpse of their everyday lives.

  • Time for a lesson in conciliation

    The results in Tuesday’s school board recall were not surprising, but the vote margins were stunning: Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were recalled with about 64 percent of the votes in a county where registrations are evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and independents.

    The three conservatives, who claimed their seats in the 2013 off-year election, were trounced at the polls in another off-year that saw an impressive turnout fueled entirely by Jeffco’s school district drama.

  • Incumbents prevail in Littleton City Council races

    With five seats on Littleton’s City Council up for election, the city’s voters re-elected the incumbents.  

    Official results in the Nov. 3 election showed incumbent Councilman Bill Hopping besting challenger Brenda Stokes in District 1 by 419 votes, receiving 60 percent of the votes overall.

    In District 4, incumbent Debbie Brinkman won 53 percent of the vote against challenger Carol Brzeczek, prevailing by 167 votes.

  • Jeffco library's tax increase wins approval

    The county’s voters approved a 1-mill property-tax increase for the Jeffco Public Library in Tuesday’s election.

    Results showed the ballot measure prevailed with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent.