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Today's News

  • 2014: Elections, annexations and school district turmoil

    Midterm elections, muddled annexations and school district gyrations marked 2014 for South Jeffco residents.

    The November election featured several hotly contested races, while a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by Bow Mar caused consternation for residents of South Jeffco and of the tiny town. Meanwhile, actions by the new school board majority sparked teacher sick-outs, student walkouts and national headlines.

  • The Sports Year in Review

    2014 was quite the year for athletics in South Jeffco. State championships were won, and teams went on amazing runs.  A new sports team was added, and some familiar ones returned to prominence. Though most of those journeys came up short in the end, they will be memorable nevertheless. Without further ado, let’s take a look back on the year that was 2014.

  • Atomic bomb developer Simons dies at 92

    By Ann Imse, For the Courier

    In 1944, Sanford L. Simons had just graduated as a metallurgical engineer when he was drafted by scientists looking for the brightest minds they could find to help create the atom bomb that would go on to win World War II.

  • A celebration of illumination

    By Stephanie Alderton, For the Courier

    Once a year, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield turns into a brightly lit fairyland.

    The annual Trail of Lights, which opened Dec. 5, features long and short trails lined with elaborate light displays on every available tree and historic barn. This year the gardens added a few new features, like a three-sided light tunnel and a special light show on weekends.

  • Operation Santa Claus gives the gift of a holiday

    Employees from Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance came together last week to continue an almost 60-year tradition of giving back to the community with Operation Santa Claus.

    The holiday gift and food drive was started in 1958 when a group of Glenn L. Martin Co. employees pooled funds to buy presents for area kids who might be going without on Christmas. From there, Operation Santa Claus was born.

  • Shoe store’s longevity tied to customer service

    By Cat Elsby, For the Courier

    Since opening in 1875, Murray’s Shoes has walked the talk: Treat customers like family and take care of their feet. And with fourth- and fifth-generation Murrays running the Littleton store, the soul of the Murray legacy continues.

    Murray’s Shoes originally opened in Illinois and bounced around between cities and family members. Then, in 1983, Jim Murray brought the store to Colorado.

  • Jeffco commissioner is high on pot testing facilities

    While sales of recreational pot might not be in Jeffco’s future, the county commissioners have shown some interest in allowing marijuana testing facilities in the county.

    Commissioner Don Rosier presented his own ideas on retail marijuana sales and how, if at all, the county should get involved during a staff briefing on Dec. 16. Much of his focus was on testing facilities for recreational pot.

    Currently, Jeffco has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses that is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Commissioners weighing distribution of additional raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have started to determine the best way to disburse the $1.5 million they set aside to reduce employee attrition.

    In the county’s 2015 budget, the commissioners included a 2 percent merit-based pay increase for employees. But because employee attrition has remained a problem, the board approved an additional $1.5 million for raises, which would amount to a 1 percent increase.

  • County grants Lockheed Martin $16.7 millon in tax rebates

    Jefferson County has given initial approval to $16.7 million in tax rebates for Lockheed Martin Space Systems for its plan to add hundreds of high-paying jobs at its Waterton Canyon facility.

    Lockheed Martin, the largest private employer in the county, is planning a $336 million expansion at the South Jeffco plant. About 350 positions will transfer, or already have moved, to South Jeffco from other Lockheed Martin facilities, and another 500 new jobs will be created. The Waterton Canyon facility currently has about 4,100 employees.

  • Bank makes CASE for seniors with contribution

    The Jeffco district attorney’s office has recognized Colorado Federal Savings Bank for making a $15,000 donation to the DA’s Communities Against Senior Exploitation program.

    The donation, made last year, was finally honored last week in a ceremony. The money from the online bank headquartered in Greenwood Village will go to CASE’s work in prevention and education on senior abuse and exploitation.