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Today's News

  • Inter-Canyon theft prompts newcomer to run for board

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of candidates running for the Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District board in May’s election.

    Morrison resident Kerry Prielipp decided to run for the Inter-Canyon Fire District board after hearing about the theft and embezzlement allegations against former fire chief David MacBean.

  • School district abandons legal battle over Lakewood parcel

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on March 20 to end the district’s legal battle over a piece of property in Lakewood.

    Jeffco Public Schools filed an appeal after a county judge ruled that a 10-acre parcel at 2090 S. Wright St. belonged to Lakewood and not the school district.

  • Community members describe ideal school superintendent

    Being a collaborator and understanding Jeffco’s diverse school district were just two qualities mentioned during community sessions held to gather opinions on the hiring of a school superintendent. 

  • Jeffco inmate released by mistake back in custody

    An inmate inadvertently released from the Jeffco jail on Tuesday is back behind bars. 

    Damon Elliot Slayton, 41, was taken into custody Thursday morning by a Jeffco deputy in downtown Denver near Broadway and Larimer Street. 

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies had been searching the downtown area based on tips from Slayton’s family and other friends. 

    Slayton surrendered without incident, Kelley said. 

  • Woman's common-law husband in custody in her slaying

    A 34-year-old woman was found slain in her South Jeffco apartment last Friday evening, and her common-law husband has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

    The body of Michele Elaine Lucero was found in her apartment in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive about 9 p.m. March 21.

    The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, 33-year-old Michael Allen Sommerfield, called and turned himself in a short time after Lucero’s body was found. Sommerfield had his first court date for advisement on Saturday. 

  • Fancy footwork

    There’s no need to move your arms when your feet are this fast. But smiling is encouraged. 

    A group of performers from McTeggart Irish Dancers, an academy with a school in south Littleton, danced a few jigs Sunday at Bemis Library to ring in St. Patrick’s Day a little early. 

    While Irish dancing is known for fancy footwork but not a lot of upper-body movement, teacher Anne Babcock said Irish dancers have to use their entire bodies to perform the fast moves and high kicks featured in the traditional dance. 

  • County eyes permanent ban on pot social clubs

    Jeffco is working to make permanent a moratorium on marijuana social clubs and cooperative growing operations in the county’s unincorporated areas.

    The current moratorium, which ends in May, prohibits clubs and establishments where members can consume or exchange marijuana or grow and manufacture marijuana cooperatively. 

    The proposed permanent ban would also limit to 12 the number of marijuana plants in one home, regardless of the number of residents in the dwelling. Amendment 64 allows people age 21 and older to grow six plants at a time. 

  • School of hard rock

    For a group of high school students, the road to rock stardom starts in Littleton. 

    Divide Zero, winner of the 2013 Foothills Park and Rec Battle of the Bands, is promoting its first full-length album, “Reflections.” The year-long project, which the band finished late last year, has been a life-altering experience for the pop-punk quartet of high-schoolers.

  • Spur Coffee Ltd. has designs on a new niche

    The Venters got tired of vying for meeting space at a busy Starbucks, so they decided to open their own coffee shop in downtown Littleton.

    The result is Spur, a Littleton hipster spot with a decidedly European flavor. Spur Coffee Ltd. has a coffee bar with its own pastry case, and a meeting room that opened in November. The Venters’ design studio, co-working space and coffee shop  is in a former beauty school at 5624 S. Prince St., a block north of Littleton’s trendy downtown restaurants and shops.

  • School board won't extend teachers' contract

    The school board will not extend the current agreement between the teachers union and Jeffco Public Schools.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association asked for the contract to be extended March 10, when negotiations began. District employees gave an update to the school board during an executive session March 13 and informed board members of the JCEA’s desire for an extended contract.

    The current contract expires Aug. 31, 2015.