http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Down-and-out donkey back in the saddle http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/down-and-out-donkey-back-saddle <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-donkey02-gc-030415.jpg" alt="Steve Anderson brushes Ernest, the Littleton Museum’s most recent addition, on Sunday while the museum’s resident mule, Kate, watches. Ernest joined Kate a month ago after being rescued from a neglectful owner." title="Steve Anderson brushes Ernest, the Littleton Museum’s most recent addition, on Sunday while the museum’s resident mule, Kate, watches. Ernest joined Kate a month ago after being rescued from a neglectful owner." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Ernest the donkey&rsquo;s journey to his new home in Littleton was long and difficult.</p> <p> The 6-year-old donkey is the newest resident of the Littleton Museum&rsquo;s 1860s working farmhouse. He joins another museum resident, Kate the mule, and will eventually be integrated into the farm&rsquo;s daily activities, said Suellen Winstead, the museum&rsquo;s education and interpretation coordinator.</p> Woman prisoner dies in Jeffco jail http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/woman-prisoner-dies-jeffco-jail <p> <span>A woman died Monday night while in custody at the Jefferson County jail.</span></p> Union seeks to protect names of teachers absent during sick-out http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/union-seeks-protect-names-teachers-absent-during-sick-out <p> A lawsuit filed by Jeffco&rsquo;s teachers union in an attempt to protect the names of teachers who missed school during a &ldquo;sick-out&rdquo; last fall has shifted the district&rsquo;s simmering discord to the judicial arena.</p> <p> An injunction issued last week prevents the district from any further release of the names of teachers who were absent last Sept. 19 &mdash; at least until a district court hearing scheduled for May 15.</p> Recreation district puts brakes on BMX-bicycle track http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/recreation-district-puts-brakes-bmx-bicycle-track <p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Clement Park building closed http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/clement-park-building-closed <p> The Foothills Park and Recreation District has closed the aging Clement Park building used as a concession stand and restroom facility for the park&rsquo;s four baseball fields.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s a 4- to 6-inch gap underneath the concrete floor.</p> Littleton set to celebrate its 125th birthday http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/littleton-set-celebrate-its-125th-birthday <p> Littleton is planning a big birthday bash this weekend.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to know where we come from and where it is we&rsquo;re headed and celebrate everything between,&rdquo; said Becky Motchan, Littleton&rsquo;s manager of marketing, communication and events. &ldquo;We wanted to get all of the community involved.&rdquo;</p> Inter-Canyon Fire receives $220,500 donation from resident’s estate http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/inter-canyon-fire-receives-220500-donation-resident%E2%80%99s-estate <p> 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.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s annual budget, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Hatlestad said.</p> It is their beeswax http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/it-their-beeswax <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-beestore02-gc-030415.jpg" alt="David and Ashley Baker opened To Bee Or Not To Bee, a beekeeping supply store, at 8280 W. Coal Mine Ave. " title="David and Ashley Baker opened To Bee Or Not To Bee, a beekeeping supply store, at 8280 W. Coal Mine Ave. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A new store in Littleton hopes to create some buzz in the South Jeffco beekeeping community.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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 Berry said.</p>