Today's News

  • InBloom concerns need attention

    By Paula Noonan
    Jeffco schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson is traveling across the county to discuss various Jeffco education initiatives. One program, a large information technology pilot project called inBloom, will collect, store and distribute personal student data on off-site Amazon “cloud” servers managed by non-district employees.
    Information will include, at least, student ID number, name, address, test scores, demographic information, grades, assessments and some medical  information.

  • A sunny Sunday

    Sunny soccer weather on Sunday in Littleton followed last Thursday's hailstorn that hit the western portions of South Jeffco.

    In the photo, Doug and Wendy Stroup of Woodland Park sit in the shade while watching their son, Mason, play soccer on Sunday at Cornerstone Park in Littleton.

  • Rezoning approved for apartments

    The City Council has approved a change to residential rezoning for a property in southwest Littleton, clearing the way for a 250-unit apartment complex at Mineral Avenue and South Platte Canyon Road.

    The rezoning for the Meadows at Platte Valley development was approved on a 4-3 vote, with council members Peggy Cole, Jerry Valdes and Bruce Beckman voting no. Rents in the development will run from $1,000 to $1,500.

  • Littleton voters to decide on taxes on marijuana, hotel stays

    Littleton voters will decide in November whether the city can enact a tax on sales of recreational marijuana and on hotel rooms.

    While the City Council has yet to decide if it will allow sales of recreational marijuana, residents will vote on a proposed 3 percent sales tax on pot sales. That tax would be added to the city’s existing sales tax, along with any state tax on recreational marijuana.

  • Council votes to double impact fees on development

    The Littleton City Council has voted to double the fees charged on new development to pay for the increased use of city services that commercial and residential growth generates.

    On a 6-1 vote on Aug. 20, the council approved the new system of impact fees, with Councilman Jim Taylor opposed.

    Impact fees help the city pay for increased use of the fire and police departments, museum, library, and roads as a result of new development.

  • Jeffco Open Space seeks clear goals for next five years

    Jeffco Open Space wants its new master plan to do more than just collect dust.

    The plan, which gets an overhaul every five years, will include a set of benchmarks to help the Open Space Division see if it’s meeting stated goals. Previous master plans have lacked goals and objectives that could be measured, said Jeffco Parks and Open Space Director Tom Hoby.

  • Two citizen initiatives make Littleton ballot

    A citizen initiative that would change how property is rezoned and another that would restrict when Littleton’s City Council goes into executive session will appear on this November’s ballot.

    A group of residents led by Frank Atwood, Mary Bradford, Betty Harris, Jose Trujillo and Carol Brzeczek collected signatures to get the two proposals on the ballot, and the 1,600 necessary signatures were validated by Littleton last week.

    Harris said the two changes are necessary to iesure an open governmental process.

  • Jewish community to begin celebration of High Holy Days

    The Jewish community in Jefferson County is preparing for the High Holy Days — a time of spiritual reflection, repentance and renewal known as the Days of Awe.

    This year’s celebration begins on the evening of Sept. 4 with Rosh Hashana and continues through Sept. 14 with concluding Yom Kippur services.

    "The Jewish High Holy Days season is both solemn and joyous," said Rabbi Séverine Sokol of Congregation B'nai Chaim in Morrison.

  • Fast-moving storm hits Ken Caryl

    A quick-forming thunderstorm produced heavy rainfall and several inches of hail in Ken Caryl on Aug. 22.

    The storm resulted in shredded gardens and trees, as well as headaches for Ken Caryl businesses. According to the National Weather Service, the storm dropped just under 2 inches of rain in a short amount of time, setting a new record for the day. The sudden rainfall prompted a flash-flood warning for parts of central and South Jeffco from 6 to 8 p.m. last Thursday.

  • Debate over storage system for student data continues

    A heated debate over the Jeffco school district’s plan to implement the inBloom system to store student data continued when more than 100 concerned parents gathered at the school board’s study session last Thursday evening.

    “There are concerns that centralizing confidential student data increases the risk of hacking,” Jeffco parent Rachael Stickland told the board.