http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Hunting for history: Hundreds pursue the past during scavenger hunt http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/hunting-history-hundreds-pursue-past-during-scavenger-hunt <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-scavengerhunt04-cb-091714.jpg" alt="Charlie Carroll, president of Historic Littleton Inc., was in character during the third annual Historic Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt, &quot;Treasure The Present And Hunt For The Past.&quot;" title="Charlie Carroll, president of Historic Littleton Inc., was in character during the third annual Historic Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt, &quot;Treasure The Present And Hunt For The Past.&quot;" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Stephanie Alderton,&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>Staff Writer</em></strong></p> <p> Treasure hunters of all ages went looking for the past on Littleton&rsquo;s historic Main Street last Saturday.</p> <p> Historic Littleton Inc. kicked off its third annual scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. to the music of a barbershop quartet outside the Town Hall Arts Center. Each group of contestants received a ballot containing clues and a map to the 15 local businesses where the answers could be found.&nbsp;</p> GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/gop-assessor-candidate-plagued-tax-woes <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sandstrom-ron_0.jpg" alt="Ronald Sandstrom " title="Ronald Sandstrom " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents&rsquo; annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.</p> <p> County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.</p> <p> The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.</p> Cobb exceeds expectations at Liberty Bell http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/cobb-exceeds-expectations-liberty-bell <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-columbinexc01-gc-091714.jpg" alt="Columbine High School sophomore Noelle Cobb runs to an eighth-place finish in the Division 2 race at the Liberty Bell on Sept. 12 at Heritage High School. " title="Columbine High School sophomore Noelle Cobb runs to an eighth-place finish in the Division 2 race at the Liberty Bell on Sept. 12 at Heritage High School. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Ask Columbine sophomore Noelle Cobb why she was able to run the way that she did at the 2014 Liberty Bell, and the answer is a simple one.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m in much better shape,&rdquo; the petite Columbine sophomore said after she finished eighth in the Division 2 girls race in a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds.</p> Sun shines on Summerset Festival http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sun-shines-summerset-festival <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-summerset01-gc-091714.jpg" alt="People check out the cars on display during the Summerset Festival on Saturday at Clement Park. " title="People check out the cars on display during the Summerset Festival on Saturday at Clement Park. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Summerset Festival was back at full strength last weekend as attendees soaked up the sunny weather that was missing last year.&nbsp;</p> <p> The festival, which draws about 30,000 people to Clement Park during the three-day event, was canceled by wet weather in 2013 for the first time in its 30-year history. Yet even the potential for snow on Friday, opening day, wasn&rsquo;t enough to dampen the excitement.&nbsp;</p> Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/teachers-union-reps-issue-no-confidence-vote-against-school-board-president <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.</span></p> <p> According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.</p> <p> &quot;It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,&rdquo; said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.</p> School board to form curriculum committee http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/school-board-form-curriculum-committee <p> The Jeffco school board will form a committee Thursday night to examine and evaluate the district&rsquo;s curriculum.</p> <p> Details on the direction and role of the committee are now listed on the Sept. 18 agenda, located at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/">www.jeffcopublicschools.org</a>.</p> <p> &ldquo;The charge to the committee is to review curricular choices for conformity to Jeffco academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials,&rdquo; according to the committee guidelines.</p> Littleton Planning Board OKs two urban renewal plans http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/littleton-planning-board-oks-two-urban-renewal-plans <p> The Littleton Planning Board approved the urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe Drive corridor after taking two meetings to reach the decision.&nbsp;</p> <p> The board agreed on Sept. 11 that the two plans presented by the city&rsquo;s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, comply with Littleton&rsquo;s comprehensive plan, the document that guides development in the city. The board had extended the discussion of the plans after its Aug. 25 meeting.&nbsp;</p> County’s pot task force against retail sales http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/county%E2%80%99s-pot-task-force-against-retail-sales <p> Jeffco&rsquo;s marijuana task force is recommending that the county remain on the sidelines of the state&rsquo;s new retail marijuana industry spurred by Amendment 64.&nbsp;</p>