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Today's News

  • School board votes to scrap inBloom pilot

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday night to scrap plans to test and implement the inBloom system for storing student information.

    “It was such a great sense of relief to hear that our voice was heard and that our concerns were recognized,” said Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland.

    The district’s controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for the Nov. 5 school board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats on the five-member board.

  • Stevenson to retire as superintendent of Jeffco Schools

    After more than a decade as head of Jeffco Public Schools, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her plans to retire at last Thursday night’s school board meeting, two days after a slate of conservatives won election to the board.

    “Working with Jeffco as superintendent has been the best 12 years of my life,” Stevenson said at the board meeting. “I’m taking this opportunity to thank the people here tonight and our community that have given me incredible support.”

    Stevenson’s last day will be June 30, 2014.

  • Littleton residents approve new restrictions on City Council

    Littleton’s City Council has a new member to go along with new restrictions on how it operates. 

    The city's voters re-elected Councilmen Bruce Stahlman and Bruce Beckman to their at-large seats. The two incumbents overcame challenges from John Watson and James Dean.

    In the final unoffical count, Beckman had received 4,318 votes; Stahlman, 4,002 votes; Watson, 2,755; and Dean, 2,342. 

  • Conservatives take control of Jefferson County school board

    Three conservative candidates were victorious over a slate of three progressives in the race for open seats on the Jeffco school board, dramatically changing the board’s political orientation.

    Fallout from the results in the Nov. 5 mail-in election was swift: The existing school board voted to scrap plans for the controversial inBloom data-storage system. Meanwhile, district Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement effective in June 2014.

    In final, unofficial results, with about 174,373 ballots counted:

  • The kindest cut

    Usually people don’t get in line to go bald.

    Yet several dozen people packed the Great Clips at Ken Caryl Avenue and South Simms Street on Sunday night, waiting to forsake their follicles for a good cause.

    The assortment of students, parents, teachers and coaches from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools who lined up to get their hair buzzed were there to support Todd Glasser.

  • Added features envisioned for Clement Park

    The completed master plan for the future of Clement Park preserves the park’s traditional uses while adding several new features, including a lakefront boardwalk at Johnston Reservoir.

    Now, the Foothills Park and Recreation District must confront the difficult part — finding the funds to implement the plan.

    Clement Park, which was built in 1987, has needed a major face-lift for several years, and the district has estimated that $7 million to $8 million in repairs and replacements are needed. 

  • Final hearing slated on Littleton’s comprehensive plan

    Littleton’s Planning Board has decided to hold another hearing on the city’s proposed updated comprehensive plan after hearing complaints during its last hearing Oct. 28 that the public was not given enough time to comment.  

    During the October hearing, several people asked for more time to comment on the plan and said the last draft of the comprehensive plan was released less than a week before the public hearing on it. The board voted unanimously to hold another public hearing at its Nov. 25 meeting. 

  • Sponsor-A-Family Program puts happy in the holidays

    Jefferson County’s Human Services Department is looking for some good samaritans this holiday season.

    The Holiday Giving Sponsor-A-Family Program matches donors with families receiving services from the county’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, said Korina Keating, Human Services’ volunteer coordinator. 

    A donor receives two lists for the family being shopped for —  one of needs and one of wants, Keating said. 

  • Jeffco libraries could boost spending in 2014

    After several years of cutbacks in branch hours and capital expenditures, the Jeffco Public Library is hoping its 2014 budget will provide some relief.

    The library’s proposed $25.5 million spending plan for next year is slightly less than for 2013, but outlays will increase slightly from this year’s $25.8 million budget. That’s a result of the library paying off debt associated with construction of the Belmar branch in Lakewood, which will decrease debt payments by about $715,000. 

  • Foothills launches community theater troupe

    South Jeffco residents looking for an entertainment alternative have a new option. And it’s a dramatic one.

    The Foothills Theater Company — the Foothills Parks and Recreation District’s very own community theater — debuted over the weekend at The Ridge Recreation Center. 

    The troupe’s inaugural production, “Trifles and Other Plays,” a collection of three one-act plays dealing with relationships in various forms, is in the middle of a two-week run.