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Today's News

  • School district negotiations raise Open Meetings Law questions

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations last month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two sides announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Commercial center proposed for Foothills land

    A developer has proposed a commercial center with a 7-Eleven on the northeast corner of South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue, on land offered for sale by the Foothills Park and Rec District.

    Cornerstone Capital Investment’s plans for the 4.65-acre property are working their way through Jefferson County’s site development process.

  • Proposal on the table to add 6A by ‘16

    A proposal is on the table for the April 16 meeting of the Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council to expand classifications in high school football, adding 6A in time for the 2016 season.

    The proposal would alter enrollment numbers across the board from 6-man on up, adding an eighth — 6A — classification.

  • Spring break trip is about camaraderie, competition

    Hotel rooms are blocked off. Players travel with parents via vehicle, though some will stay with family in the area to save on money, but they all will be supervised. And some may even squeeze in a junior college visit or two while they’re there.

    It’s spring break baseball in Arizona for the Columbine Rebels. It’s the way Chuck Gillman’s club has gone about it for more than a decade. Oh, and they’ll pay $275 each for tournament fees, transportation and coaches expense to play a week’s worth of games.

  • Eagles’ Hume shines through

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    BROOMFIELD — A long-time injury couldn’t stop junior Cayli Hume from putting Dakota Ridge’s track & field team into the spotlight, at least for a moment, at the 2015 Broomfield Shootout on March 27.

  • Fire reported in apartment building; residents forced to evacuate

    A 24-unit apartment building on South Federal Circle in Littleton was evacuated Monday after a fire was reported.

    City spokeswoman Kelli Narde said the structure itself was not believed to be in danger but that flames had been detected in the walls and roof.

    "It's a stubborn fire," she said. "It's under control. But it's in the walls and roof."

  • School district negotiating groups raise questions regarding Open Meetings Law

    The recent move by Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union to take portions of contract negotiations behind closed doors falls into a murky area of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law.

    The district and the Jefferson County Education Association opened negotiations this month, and both sides agreed early on to break into small study groups and examine several priority topics. The two groups announced last week that meetings of the small groups would not be open to the public.

  • Littleton council member Randy Stein resigns

    Littleton City Council member Randy Stein has resigned after less than a year and a half on the council.

    In a weekend interview, Stein tied his resignation to results of the March 3 special election, when Littleton voters put restrictions on financing methods the city can use in urban renewal efforts.

    Stein, a real estate developer and mediator whose district included downtown, said a threatened recall effort by the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants was not a factor in his decision to step down.

  • Ready for their first collar

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new members to its ranks in a ceremony last week. And all three new deputies received vigorous head rubs and ear scratches.

    The three canines, introduced March 19, are named Thorn, Bigi and Klaus. All three were trained in Florida and have been bonding with their human partners since being brought to Colorado several weeks ago.

  • Woman who stole funds from booster club gets work-release

    The woman who stole nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club at Chatfield High School has been sentenced to one year in a jail work-release program and five years of probation.

    Kathleen McGrath, 57, of Littleton pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft, a class 4 felony. While treasurer of the Spikers Booster Club from March 2012 to February 2013, McGrath reportedly spent $9,976 on items not related to the team.

    During McGrath’s one-year sentence, she will be permitted to work outside the Jeffco jail during the day before reporting back at night.