Local News

  • School board selects negotiators without public discussion

    The Jeffco school board pushed the boundaries of the Colorado Open Meetings Law on Jan. 19, holding a closed-door meeting, for which no prior notice was given, to select two of its members to negotiate with employee unions.

  • DeGette kicks off campaign in South Jeffco

    U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette plans to focus on transportation, stem-cell research, hydraulic fracturing and prescription-drug shortages in the current session of Congress, she said Jan. 19 at a news conference announcing her bid for re-election.

    DeGette, a Democrat who kicked off her campaign at the Columbine Library, will now run in a district that includes most of South Jeffco after the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed in December a Democratic-endorsed redistricting map.

  • Back to the future

    Rick Acres and Rick Hedrick are doing their part to spruce up Littleton’s Main Street, old-school style. Both property owners have taken steps in the past year to undo dubious upgrades to their historic buildings that took place in the 1950s and 1960s. 

    Acres owns the building that houses Olde Towne Tavern and two other properties on Main Street in the historic district. A year ago Acres decided his historic property “needed a face-lift.”

  • Littleton City Council OKs downtown guidelines

    The Littleton City Council approved last week a new planning guideline for the historic downtown area, a document that had stalled in recent months over suggested caps on building height and other issues.

  • Scores attend school board meeting to protest music cuts

    Scores of teachers, students and parents flooded the Jeffco Board of Education meeting Jan. 19 to protest cuts proposed in the district’s elementary instrumental music program, forcing the fire marshal to temporarily shut down the meeting.

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  • West Metro firefighters to take reduction in pay

    Firefighters in the West Metro Fire Protection District recently agreed to a 3 percent pay cut to help the district deal with dwindling property-tax revenues. The deal also includes a reduction in health benefits and a two-year salary freeze.

    The approved contract includes a 3 percent salary cut for the district’s more than 300 firefighters and a $300,000 reduction in district health-care contributions. The pay reduction averages $160 to $200 a month for each firefighter. Four civilian jobs also were eliminated.

  • Snow patrol

    The youngest member of Littleton’s volunteer snow squad is just 6 years old. This is Maiti O’Shea’s first year on the snow squad, where her shovel is indispensable in helping to clear out three of her neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks.

    Maiti joins sisters Molly, 12, and Tatum, 7, brother Finn, 9, and their dad, Sean, in a five-year family tradition of helping their neighbors.

  • Woodmar residents protest Foothills land sale

    Concerns about overdevelopment, traffic, noise and the fate of hundreds of prairie dogs dominated a Jan. 10 community meeting at which 50 Woodmar residents protested the planned rezoning of two open-space parcels at Wadsworth and Coal Mine that are likely to become shopping centers.

  • Meeting may address effort to build cover for dinosaur tracks

    A meeting this week could bring Dinosaur Ridge a step closer to constructing a $2 million cover to protect its prized Iguanodon-track fossils along Alameda Parkway.

    Jefferson County officials were slated to meet Tuesday with Friends of Dinosaur Ridge staff to draft a new lease for the group’s museum, and the document may include provisions allowing the organization to build a track cover and remodel or relocate its visitor center.