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Today's News

  • Redevelopment moves forward despite challenge

    As Littleton is poised to study four areas of the city for possible redevelopment, a former Littleton mayor has issues with the city continuing to use what he calls a failed model of redevelopment that previously cost the city millions of dollars. 

    At the beginning of the year, the council directed its urban renewal authority, Littleton Investing in Tomorrow or LIFT, to identify areas in the city for potential redevelopment. Since then, LIFT has focused on four areas of the city: Broadway Boulevard, Columbine Square, Littleton Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive. 

  • Pipe bands bring Celtic culture to Colorado

    The melodious bellow of bagpipes and the steady tapping of drums heralded the first concert of the annual Summer Concert Series at the Littleton Museum on Wednesday.

    Despite the rain, the Denver and District Pipe Band — comprised of almost 70 bagpipers, drummers and dancers — performed traditional and modern takes on Celtic marches, jigs and reels for 300 attendees.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum, the Summer Concert Series has been free to the public for more than 25 years. 

  • Chatfield swimming beach reopened after E. coli levels drop

    Chatfield State Park’s swimming beach has reopened after being closed for two days last week when high levels of the E. coli bacteria were discovered in the water. 

    On the morning of June 3, Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed thebeach after a water test showed E. coli levels just above the allowed limit of 235 organisms per 100 milliliters of water. The swimming beach was closed as soon as the testes were completed. 

    By late afternoon June 4, bacteria levels had decreased well below the allowed limit and the beach reopened.

  • School board rejects tentative contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday rejected a tentative teachers contract with the Jefferson County Education Association, much to the dismay of association leaders.

    Board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voted against the agreement because, while it would have granted pay raises to teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” it would have also provided raises to teachers rated as “partially effective.” Teachers rated “ineffective” would not have gotten raises. 

  • Jeffco commissioners urged to take over for Maximus

    There’s a strong push for counties across Colorado to take back processing some Medicaid applications from a private company that’s had a difficult time meeting time and quality guarantees.

    More than 40 heads of county human services departments indicated they’d like their county commissioners to approve taking over processing Medicaid medical claims from Maximus, a private company contracted by the state, said Gini Pingenot, policy and research supervisor at Colorado Counties Inc. The group met during the Colorado Counties Inc. conference last week.

  • Coach of the year: Brian Todd, Columbine, girls soccer

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Peter Horvath lives in Norway. But that didn’t keep the legendary retired Columbine soccer coach from being one of the first to congratulate — via texts and emails — Brian Todd after the Lady Rebels beat Ralston Valley 3-1 to capture the school’s first girls sports state championship.

  • Female athlete of the year: Kendra Lanuza, Chatfield, lacrosse

    Midfielders aren’t supposed to have seasons such as the one Kendra Lanuza had in 2014. The Chatfield Senior High junior girls lacrosse player scored a state-high 101 goals.

  • Male athlete of the year: John Koza, Chatfield, tennis

    John Koza didn’t even know such an award existed until Chatfield Senior High athletic director Chad Broer told him that he had been named that 5A Jeffco League boys tennis MVP. That was in 2010 after Koza won as a No. 2 singles player.
    “I was shocked at it, honestly,” Koza said.
    Three seasons later, and Koza, who recently graduated from Chatfield, has won the honor three more times, making him a four-time league MVP. It’s a feat that is rather unheard of, to say the least.

  • Opening of Foothills pools makes a splash

    The rain left South Jeffco just in time for residents to go out and get wet.

    A handful of people were out enjoying the sun and water at the Columbine West Pool this weekend. The pool, operated by the Foothill Parks and Rec District, opened for the summer on Saturday.

    “This is our first time coming to this pool,” said Carrie Mulholland. “It’s hot, and we don’t have a pool in our neighborhood, so this is perfect.”

    Mo Korbel, Mulholland’s friend, said she takes her kids to the pool frequently during the summer.

  • Board set to vote on contract with teachers

    At the June 5 Jeffco school board meeting, the board will discuss and vote on the contract agreement reached by bargaining teams for the teachers union and the district.

    The agreement, reached last month, includes an average 2.5 percent increase in salary for teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective,” an increase in pay for new teachers, and class sizes remaining the same.