Local News

  • 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.

  • Not ruffing it

    A new pet supply store specializing in gourmet cat and dog kibble is putting its paws down in South Jeffco and is scheduled to open its doors Jan. 19.

    Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlet, a chain that operates 17 stores in Minnesota, opened its first Colorado location last year in Cherry Creek. The South Jeffco store, at 5055 S. Kipling St., will be the third in the state. Another store is in Centennial.

  • Top cat

    Sammy the rescued cat may have endured some cold, cloudy days during his time as a stray, but now he is basking in the limelight of fame and the love of a happy home.

    Margaret Warren and Debbie Hottinger, who live on the outskirts of Morrison, adopted Sammy after Warren’s sister saw “a little furball tumble out of a truck and underneath it one afternoon in Denver. She thought it was a squirrel, but it was a small kitten, our Sammy Blue-Eyes.” That was 11 years ago.

  • RTD Call-n-Ride service begins in South Jeffco

    A new RTD Call-n-Ride service is scheduled to begin Jan. 22 in South Jeffco, partially substituting for bus routes being reduced in the area as part of $10 million in service cuts.