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  • Embroiderers’ Guild members add color to Jeffco Fair

    By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    If you met these ladies at the county fair, they likely had you in stitches — as only members of a stitchery circle can.

    The Foothills Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America was on hand in the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fair from Aug. 9-12, marking the first year of participation for the sewing and stitchery circle. The 101-strong group includes Mary Mahaffey of Littleton, Lisa Ericson of Centennial and Marcia Martin of Golden, the current chapter president.

  • Festival Day highlights Littleton celebration

    The day to be in Littleton this summer is Festival Day — Saturday, Aug. 18 — the high point of Western Welcome Week, a 12-day celebration of community, tradition and fun.

    Festival Day activities include a day-long lineup of family-friendly and free events starting with the 32nd Littleton Firefighters’ Children’s Parade from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and followed by the Grand Parade down Main Street and a massive craft fair.

  • Repair in the works for stretch of South Ward

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District and the Jeffco Road and Bridge Division are getting together to fix a 700-foot stretch of South Ward Street that has been impaired by an underlying dipping-bedrock problem. 

    Under a tentative agreement unveiled at a meeting of the county commissioners on July 31, the repairs are estimated to cost $750,000. Foothills is expected to pay $500,000, and the county would pay no more than $250,000.

  • Neighbors protest 3-story apartment building in Ken Caryl

    Over the objections of residents of a neighboring townhome complex, the Jefferson County Planning Commission approved a proposal to rezone 14 acres to allow a 320-unit apartment building in a proposed mixed-use development in the Ken Caryl Business Center at Shaffer Parkway and Shaffer Place.

    The seven-member board unanimously recommended the rezoning after a two-hour hearing on Aug. 8. The proposal is scheduled to go before the county commissioners for a final decision on Aug. 28. The Planning Commission is empowered only to make recommendations.

  • Schools coping with declines in state funding

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property-tax increase.

    Jeffco Public Schools can’t count on state funding to make up its budget shortfalls, which is why it is asking voters in November to approve a tax increase, a district administrator says.

  • Part of West Quincy Avenue reopens

    The contractor has completed construction on a section of West Quincy Avenue between South Kipling Parkway and Quincy Place, and the road was scheduled to be open to traffic by the end of the day Aug. 9. South Nelson Street from Nassau to West Quincy Avenue is also open.

    The final phase of construction on West Quincy will close West Quincy between South Simms Street and West Radcliffe Drive. The South Simms Street roundabout will remain open.

    Construction of the final phase of West Quincy is anticipated to be complete in November.

  • Lightning-strike couple have healthy baby boy

    Shannon and Mark Edson, the Summit Ridge couple who were hit by lightning while walking around Hine Lake on July 30, have announced the arrival of James Allen Edson born 12:26 a.m. Aug. 7.

    James weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and Mom was doing well. James is named after Mark's grandfather and Shannon's father.

  • Deer Creek Challenge canceled

    Race director Pat Downing, in an e-mail sent to participants last week, announced that the Deer Creek Challenge bicycle ride, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, has been canceled because of low registration numbers.

  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

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