Today's News

  • City Council weighs rules for marijuana growing in homes

    Now that Littleton has banned retail sales of marijuana for a year, it’s turning its attention to building codes as they apply to growing marijuana in a home. 

    Under Colorado’s voter-approved Amendment 64, residents can grow up to six marijuana plants in a locked, enclosed area in a home. 

    Littleton is concerned that home-grow set-ups could pose a fire risk by overloading circuits with poorly set-up equipment. The city also wants to mitigate mold developing in grow rooms and marijuana odor becoming a nuisance for neighbors. 

  • Search for new Community Corrections location ongoing

    The county is going to be on its own when looking for a new home for the Community Corrections program. 

    The search had been led by Colorado Investment and Development Co., which was also under contract to buy the old Community Corrections home on Kendall Street between 16th and 17th avenues, commonly referred to as the New York Building, for $5 million. 

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco


    The good news about Jeffco’s housing market keeps coming, despite a recent increase in delinquent mortgage payments in the county.

    If the county’s current foreclosure rate remains steady for the rest of the year, Jeffco will see 55 percent fewer home foreclosures started than in 2012. Through the first three quarters of 2013, Jeffco has begun 1,087 foreclosures. 

    If that pace holds up, the county will see about 1,449 foreclosures. In 2012, the county had 2,650 homes go into foreclosure. 

  • Drug court makes case for funds

    A group that works with families dealing with substance abuse asked Jeffco commissioners on Oct. 15 not to cut its funding as the county considers the proposed 2014 budget.

    Several people involved with the county’s Family Integrated Treatment Court spoke on behalf of the organization’s work during Jeffco’s first public hearing on its 2014 budget. FIT Court is funded through the Jeffco Human Services Division budget. 

  • Chatfield to host boys soccer state tourney opener

    The Chatfield Chargers (11-3-1), seeded 13th in the 32-team 5A boys soccer state tournament will play host to the 20th-seeded Littleton Lions (9-4-2) on Oct. 24 at Lakewood Memorial Field in the opening round. The winner will advance to the second round to face either No. 4 Pine Creek or No. 29 Lakewood. The Chargers enter the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and undefeated in their last six games.

  • Cross country state qualifiers

    The following is a list of area runners who’ve qualified for the Colorado High School cross country state championships on Oct. 26 at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs. The 5A girls race will begin at 11 a.m., with the 5A boys race to cap the day with a 1 p.m. start.

    Maddy Smith, F, Columbine, Sr.
    Laurel Davis, F, Dakota Ridge, So.
    Natalie Gonzalez, F, Dakota Ridge, So.

  • Columbine’s Trammel fourth, Chatfield's Eyssimont fifth in all-around

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    A common theme prevailed for Chatfield, Columbine and Evergreen’s top gymnasts at the 5A/4A Jeffco League championships on Oct. 19 at Evergreen High School: good but there's room for improvement heading into this week’s regionals and the following week’s state meets.

  • Falcons’ ground game beats down Diggers

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Roster numbers alone suggested that Front Range Christian would wear down Clear Creek in the second half of their 1A Metro League football game Oct. 18.
    The visiting Golddiggers suited just 18 players, including Jordan Howard, their leading rusher and passer, who saw limited duty on offense because of a sore hip. By contrast, the Falcons had no personnel issues, particularly with their 1-2 running back combination of Tanner Matoba and Seth Scadden.

  • Chargers strike out vs. Legacy

    AURORA — Ask head coach Nicole Janssen, and the Chatfield Lady Chargers probably weren’t expected to be at the 5A state softball tournament anyway. Chatfield returned just five seniors from last year’s state-qualifying squad. But there they were at Aurora Sports Park on Oct. 19.
    And they made themselves heard, albeit briefly.

  • Lightning shoots down Lady Eagles

    AURORA — As Rachelle Foos stood on the mound, a smile crossed her face as she delivered pitch after pitch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t because she was happy with the score, not with her Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles on their way to an 8-1 loss to Legacy in the 5A state softball quarterfinals. No, it was because she wanted to savor her final moments on the high school diamond.
    “I (wanted) just to make the best of my last time on the field. That’s what I was trying to do,” Foos said as she choked back tears.