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Today's News

  • Vulcan spoke truth to his American fans

    When the original “Star Trek” debuted in September 1966, our nation was about to be torn apart by an unpopular war in Vietnam and by race riots at home. In the nearly half-century since, the science-fiction juggernaut spawned five additional television series and 12 movies on its way to becoming a cultural icon.

    At first, many assumed “Star Trek” to be an escapist space opera, but it didn’t take long for the writers to begin secreting much bigger issues into their scripts, from racism to war to civil rights.

  • Holtzmann, Chaparral end Dakota Ridge’s best season

    The last two fingers on Jake Holtzmann’s left hand were taped together, the result of a dislocation a few weeks prior. Unfortunately for the Dakota Ridge Eagles, the Chaparral senior is right-handed and has a pretty good shot, especially from the foul line.

  • Union seeks to protect names of teachers absent during sick-out

    A lawsuit filed by Jeffco’s teachers union in an attempt to protect the names of teachers who missed school during a “sick-out” last fall has shifted the district’s simmering discord to the judicial arena.

    An injunction issued last week prevents the district from any further release of the names of teachers who were absent last Sept. 19 — at least until a district court hearing scheduled for May 15.

  • Down-and-out donkey back in the saddle

    Ernest the donkey’s journey to his new home in Littleton was long and difficult.

    The 6-year-old donkey is the newest resident of the Littleton Museum’s 1860s working farmhouse. He joins another museum resident, Kate the mule, and will eventually be integrated into the farm’s daily activities, said Suellen Winstead, the museum’s education and interpretation coordinator.

  • It is their beeswax

    A new store in Littleton hopes to create some buzz in the South Jeffco beekeeping community.

    To Bee Or Not To Bee opened in February at 8280 W. Coal Mine Ave. Yet the business has been around in one form or another for more than 25 years, said Dave Baker, who owns the beekeeping supply store with his wife, Ashley.

    The couple bought the rights to the store from the former owner, who operated it in north Denver and who herself had bought the store several years ago and changed the name to To Bee Or Not To Bee, Dave Baker said.

  • Recreation district puts brakes on BMX-bicycle track

    A BMX-bicycle track next to the Schaefer Athletic Complex is on hold while the Foothills Park and Recreation District board considers comments from concerned neighbors.

    The track is being proposed by Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit, on Foothills land near South Kipling Street and U.S. 285 that had been occupied by a nine-hole disc golf course. The course was moved to Fehringer Ranch, another Foothills property.

  • Clement Park building closed

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has closed the aging Clement Park building used as a concession stand and restroom facility for the park’s four baseball fields.

    The ground sinking under the two-story building has caused breaks in water and sewage lines, creating a public safety issue, said Ron Hopp, executive director of Foothills. In some places, the ground has sunk so much there’s a 4- to 6-inch gap underneath the concrete floor.

  • Littleton set to celebrate its 125th birthday

    Littleton is planning a big birthday bash this weekend.

    The city will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its founding on March 8-9 with a variety of events ranging from a fireworks show Saturday night to a free pancake breakfast the next morning.

    “It’s important to know where we come from and where it is we’re headed and celebrate everything between,” said Becky Motchan, Littleton’s manager of marketing, communication and events. “We wanted to get all of the community involved.”

  • Inter-Canyon Fire receives $220,500 donation from resident’s estate

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is planning to buy a new ambulance after the family of a South Jeffco woman announced they would donate $220,500 from her estate to the district.

    The gift from the family of Evelyne Nordheim, who lived in the area for more than 50 years and died in May 2013, is the single largest donation the department has ever received and is equal to nearly a quarter of the district’s annual budget, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Hatlestad said.

  • Littleton voters OK limits on financing methods for urban renewal

    Littleton residents have voted overwhelmingly to put limits on the financing methods the city uses for urban renewal projects.

    Both Question 300, which will require voter approval of the financing for virtually any urban renewal plan, and Question 2A, which will limit the city’s ability to use condemnation and eminent domain, were approved in the March 3 special election. Final results showed Question 300 prevailed by a margin of 5,755 votes to 3,811; Question 2A had 6,583 yes votes to 2,890 opposed.