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  • Instrument donations add upbeat note to young lives

    It’s not often that the blues are associated with a reason to smile.

    But for Blue Star Connection, a nonprofit started by blues guitarist John Catt, putting a smile on kids’ faces has been the overriding mission since he gave the first guitar away in 2005. 

    The group works to put instruments in the hands of children fighting cancer or dealing with some other obstacle in their lives. Catt said the idea was born nine years ago when he met a boy with cancer after playing a show.

  • Buyer for land at Wadsworth and Coal Mine plans medical complex

    The potential buyer for a parcel of land at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue currently owned by the Foothills Parks & Rec District hopes to build a two-story hospital and medical complex on the site. 

    The Foothills board of directors had previously approved the sale of the 5.6-acre lot on northwest corner of Wadsworth and Coal Mine to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million. At the time of the sale, the developer hadn’t released plans for the site. 

  • Strike a pose

    Nikki Quinn leads a free yoga class offered through Aspen Grove on Saturday at the green space at the shopping center on South Santa Fe Drive. The 9 a.m. class will be held every Saturday morning through October, or as long as weather permits.

  • Wider sidewalks, more trash cans suggested for Clement Park

    More trash cans and wider sidewalks were just two of the upgrades suggested for Clement Park at the first public meeting on a master plan for the park’s future.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has hired Stanley Consultants to help formulate the master plan, which will act as a road map for repairs and upgrades at the 25-year-old park.   

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  • Littleton man sentenced to 10 years for possessing child porn

    A Littleton man who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography will spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. 

    Calvin Dawdy, 52, was sentenced this month to 10 years in federal prison and five years of probation after pleading guilty in April in U.S. District Court. Dawdy must also register as a sex offender and pay $6,000 to his victims. 

    He had been charged in November with two counts of distribution and one count of possession of child pornography. He pleaded guilty to the lone possession count as part of a plea bargain.

  • Changes OK’d for Littleton Village project

    The developer of the Littleton Village project on the old Marathon Oil property has received the initial go-ahead from the Littleton Planning Board to make changes to make the project more economically viable. 

    The Littleton City Council is set to vote on the proposal on Aug. 6.

    The project, located on 77 acres on the northeast corner of South Broadway and Dry Creek Road, was approved for development in 2006. But after the economic downturn in 2008, the project has been dormant.

  • Delegation from Bega, Australia, to visit Littleton area in August

    Littleton is changing a street name to honor its sister city, Bega, Australia.

    A delegation from Bega will be in town Aug. 14-24, so the City Council last week approved changing the name of the block of South Rio Grande Street between Main Street and Alamo Avenue to Bega Street.

    The name change will be in place when the city hosts a welcome reception for the Down Under delegation in Bega Park on Aug. 15. 

  • Littleton council debates whether to allow retail marijuana shops

    The Littleton City Council has begun a discussion on whether to allow retail marijuana stores within city limits, and the prospects for pot shops are looking up. 

    During a July 9 study session, five council members expressed a desire to at least move forward with potentially allowing retail marijuana establishments in the city. Only Mayor Debbie Brinkman and Councilman Bruce Beckman voted against further consideration of retail marijuana shops.