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Today's News

  • Suspect charged in Aug. 13 fatal shooting in Littleton

    Joshua Hoppe has been charged with three felony counts in Arapahoe County Court in connection with the Aug. 13 shooting death of 55-year-old James Barnes in Littleton. 

    Hoppe was arrested Aug. 20 in east Denver, a week after the fatal shooting of Barnes in the 500 block of West Peakview. He faces charges of first-degree murder and two other felony counts.  

    The shooting took place in the front yard of a residence in the area. A man reportedly fled toward Broadway after the shooting. 

  • Littleton Planning Board delays vote on two urban renewal plans

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hit pause on its decision on two urban renewal plans approved by Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. 

    The Planning Board discussed plans for two of the four areas being considered for urban renewal projects, Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe corridor, during its Aug. 25 meeting. The board voted to continue its discussion at a special meeting Sept. 11. 

  • Stables remain closed at Chatfield State Park

    Horses in the stables at Chatfield State Park have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, and so the stables will remain closed until the infected horses have been treated and no signs of the virus remain. 

    The stables were closed Aug. 21 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife after several horses displayed symptoms of the malady, and testing was done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals. 

  • CDOT outlines toll-lane project on C-470

    The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks adding a tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard is the right solution to traffic congestion. 

    CDOT presented possible funding options for the project Aug. 19 during one of several town hall meetings scheduled over the next month. The tolls would cover a large chunk of the project’s $230 million price tag, said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford. 

  • Driver sentenced to community corrections in death of deputy

    The driver who struck and killed a Jeffco motorcycle deputy in January has been sentenced to six years in community corrections.

    Kenneth Hosch, 83, had pleaded guilty June 9 to vehicular homicide in the death of sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin. The community corrections sentence means Hosch avoids jail time and will be able to arrange day trips out of the facility.

  • One arrested in shutdown of C-470

    A threat against deputies investigating an illegal camp led the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office to shut down both directions of C-470 at West Bowles Avenue on Sept 1.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies were checking on a report of an illegal camp under the overpass at Bowles and C-470 when they were threatened by two people.  

  • Teacher raises on hold as board rejects fact-finder's report

    Jeffco teacher salaries will remain at 2013-14 levels entering September after the school board rejected a fact-finder’s recommendations at Thursday’s school board meeting in Golden.

    A tentative contract agreement reached by bargaining teams would have given raises to educators rated “effective” and “highly effective,” but teachers rated “partially effective” would also have received a pay increase.

  • Labor of love: Unheralded workers are the unsung heroes of the community

    In 1887, Colorado was among the first five states to officially recognize the contributions of laborers by creating a holiday to honor them. 

    The Columbine Courier has highlighted four residents whose daily work keeps South Jefferson County in motion, though their diverse careers represent only a tiny slice of all the jobs in our coverage area. 

    David Kacprowicz

    Zamboni driver at The Edge

    David Kacprowicz gets a lot of questions about his job when people hear what he does for a living. 

  • Friendly overtures — and friction — at school board retreat

    Jeffco’s famously divided school board made conciliatory noises at its annual retreat on Saturday, though some evidence surfaced of the friction that has prevailed since last November’s election. 

    “I promise there will be clear and concise communication,” said Superintendent Daniel McMinimee, who was hired on a 3-2 vote in June. “I’m looking forward to working together. I think this has been a great start.”

  • Splashdown! Dogs have their own damp day at Ken-Caryl pool

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    There was plenty of running, splashing and roughhousing Saturday at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool, but the lifeguard didn’t seem to mind.