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Today's News

  • Jeffco jail in line for security upgrade after escape

    The Jeffco jail is getting a security upgrade after its first prisoner escape since it was built 28 years ago. 

    The county commissioners have given initial approval to a project that will install metal bars on the jail’s five recreation yards. The bars will supplement the steel security meshing that is currently in place. 

    The project is estimated to cost $100,000, and the funds will come from a surplus from the current jail expansion, which is about $1 million under budget. That project is about a month away from completion. 

  • Residents choosing among 3 candidates in race for assessor

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing  the candidates vying for votes. 

    As the 2014 campaign season draws to a close, Jeffco residents are choosing among three candidates in the race for county assessor.

  • Three finalists named for judge vacancy in 1st Judicial District

    A list of finalists to fill the vacancy left on the 1st Judicial District with the upcoming retirement of Chief Judge Stephen Munsinger includes the spouse of a current Jeffco county commissioner.

    Laura Tighe, wife of Commissioner Casey Tighe, was one of three finalists picked by the 1st Judicial District Nominating Commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper will choose from that list to replace Munsinger. Todd Kastetter and KJ Moore, both of Littleton, are the other finalists. 

  • Littleton council votes to allow residential permit parking

    The Littleton City Council has approved a new residential parking permit system in response to concerns about commuters using residential streets as a parking lot for RTD’s downtown light-rail stop.  

    The new neighborhood permit parking program, approved by the council Oct. 21, would let neighborhoods petition the city to create a permit area. Residents would have the permits, and anyone else parking on a neighborhood street could be ticketed.

  • Jeffco student leaders want to see board majority recalled

     By Gabrielle Porter

    For the Courier

    Student walkout organizers from several Jeffco high schools said they want to see the majority members of the school board recalled but don’t want to lead the charge.

    “We want another organization to make the recall instead of us,” said Mali Holmes, an Evergreen High School senior who was part of a panel discussion held at the Auraria Campus in Denver on Oct. 16. 

  • Q&A with CD7 State Board of Education candidates

    Editor’s note: With mail ballots in the hands of South Jeffco residents, the Courier is reviewing the candidates vying for votes. Republican Laura Boggs, a former member of the Jeffco school board, is challenging incumbent Democrat Jane Goff for the District 7 seat on the State Board of Education.

    School districts in Colorado take pride in having local control. What role should the State Board of Education play in Colorado’s public schools?

  • Ali Abid's goal sends Littleton to 4A quarterfinals

    Hamadi Ali Abid, as he has done all season long, put the Littleton Lions on the scoreboard and his first-half goal held up Oct. 28 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.

    The junior forward found the front left post of the Durango net, past goalkeeper Lars Schwaebe, in the 11th minute for the game’s only goal as eighth-seeded Littleton advanced to the quarterfinals of the 4A boys soccer state tournament with a 1-0 victory.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SOCCER
    Host Littleton rolls past Mesa Ridge in 4A state tourney opener
    Joe Director scored two goals and three players also found the back of the net as the Littleton Lions, the No. 8 seed, opened the 4A state boys soccer tournament with a 5-0 shutout of Mesa Ridge on Oct. 22 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.

    Hamadi Ali Abid, Cole Greer and Oscar Sanchez also scored for the Lions (13-3), who have won four straight. Littleton broke the game open with four second-half goals.

  • Swarm looking ahead to the playoffs

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Girls will be ... boys?

    Maybe so in rugby, which is one reason why Karlie Harden, who plays for the Littleton-based Westside Swarm Rugby Club’s high school 7s team, loves the sport.

  • Blake, Lions chase off Mustangs

    By Craig Harper 
    For the Courier

    PARKER — Tre Blake admitted that he could have used a break sometime during Littleton’s gut-check drive early in the fourth quarter against Ponderosa. But with Noah McGhee sidelined by an injury, coach Kurt Krantz didn’t have that luxury.