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  • Littleton Election Commission rejects 'approval voting'

    Littleton’s Election Commission has decided to pass on implementing “approval voting” starting in the city’s 2015 elections.

    The Election Commission voted 2-1 against the change. Yet despite the “no” vote, the commission left open the possibility of revisiting the issue in the future. 

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.

  • Jefferson County Planning Commission approves creation of taxing district

    Jeffco’s Planning Commission has approved creating a metropolitan district for a proposed 50-home luxury development for seniors and empty-nesters at South Kipling Street and West Coal Mine Avenue.

    The Silver Leaf Metropolitan District, if approved by the Jeffco commissioners, will allow developer Skyland Meadows to assess property taxes on homeowners in its development to pay for $3.6 million in infrastructure.

  • Foothills approves contract to sell property at Wadsworth and Coal Mine

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District has found a buyer for one of five properties it is attempting to sell to raise $4 million for capital-improvement projects and other expenses.

    The Foothills board of directors on June 25 approved the sale of a 5.47-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Wadsworth Boulevard and Coal Mine Avenue to 24 Hour Capital Ventures LLC for $1.165 million.

  • Littleton fireworks shows still on schedule

    Get ready for some fireworks on the Fourth of July — just make sure you’re not the one putting on a show. 

    As of press time, fireworks displays were to go on as scheduled at Foothills Park & Rec’s Red, White & You celebration on Wednesday and at Littleton’s Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks on Thursday. 

    Last year both fireworks shows were canceled due to fire danger and dry weather.

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  • Evacuation alerts lifted for Willow Bend Fire

    Level 1 evacuation alerts were lifted Tuesday morning for the Willow Bend Fire, which had burned 1.5 acres on U.S. Forest Service land near Long Scraggy Peak.

    The wildfire, which started early Monday afternoon, was reported to be 70  percent contained on Tuesday afternoon.

    CodeRED calls went to 119 phones Monday between the South Platte River and Deckers, according to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and North Fork responded. A helicopter was being used to drop water on the blaze.

  • Survivor of Columbine shootings dies while on the job in N.M.

    A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings in 1999 has died while working in New Mexico.

    Matthew Depew, 30, was electrocuted while working on power lines in Carlsbad, N.M., for Xcel Energy on June 15. According to the Eddy County Sheriff's Department, all attempts to revive Depew were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • House Amendment provided funds for fire recovery

    As the state endures another dry summer and the wildfires that inevitably result, two Colorado congressmen are trying to put more money into recovery efforts once fires have been put out. 

    Colorado U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, and Corey Gardner, R-Yuma, sponsored a successful amendment to the doomed Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, also known as the FARM Bill, that was designed to help with wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts. 

  • A rose is a rose, but a wildfire by any other name baffles

    What’s in a name? In the case of last week’s wildfire near Pine, a lot of confusion.

    When the Chair Rock Fire underwent a name change and became the Lime Gulch Fire on June 19, residents 900 miles away might have been a little worried: Lime Gulch is a valley in Montana. But in Lion Gulch, here in Jeffco, the fire burned 511 acres in rugged terrain south of Conifer.

  • Lime Gulch Fire 100% contained

    The Lime Gulch Fire that burned 511 acres in the Pike National Forest in South Jeffco was started by lightning on June 18, officials have confirmed.

    No structures were damaged in the blaze, but more than 100 people were forced to leave their homes for four days. The evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    One-hundred percent containment was reported on the blaze this week, which at its peak was battled by 300 firefighters, along with air support.

    The fire’s cause