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I tried. I really did.

But I'm not much of a businessperson, and I'm a terrible salesperson. I'm just a reporter, and that's really all I want to be. So I'm going to let other people handle all that other stuff. I'm just going to focus on bringing you the news, finding you the truth and giving you a voice when you need one.

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Property rights versus history

It's a historic battle that's already been fought on Main Street: property rights vs. preservation.

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Conti outlines her 2012 bills

Rep. Kathleen Conti, R-HD38, told visitors to her town hall at the Littleton Center Wednesday about the four bills she's sponsoring this legislative session, two of which focus on the education system.

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ACC hosts Tax Help Colorado

Arapahoe Community College will serve as a location for the Tax Help Colorado program this February, as announced by The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System.

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UPDATED: Man mistaken for intruder, stabbed by relative

On Jan. 14, Littleton Police responded to a report of a stabbing involving two male subjects at 8201 S. Santa Fe Drive.

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Bicyclist hit by car on Mineral

On Jan. 20 at 8:58 a.m., Littleton Police responded to an accident involving a vehicle and bicyclist at the intersection of W.est Mineral Avene and South Mineral Court.

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SSPRD seeks nominations

A South Suburban Board of Directors election for two director positions will be held on May 8, 2012.

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Sen. Newell talks 2012 session

Sen. Linda Newell, D-SD26, says she will focus her efforts on job creation, the economy, balancing the budget and youth services in the 2012 congressional session, which started last Wednesday.

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Council University focuses on respect, efficiency, priorities

Jennifer Smith

City Manager Michael Penny handed out diplomas to city councilors last night, declaring them graduates of “Council University” after they ratified their new protocols, goals and objectives.

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UPDATED: Battle of the Complan (round one)

Call it the "Battle of the Complan." All the elements were in place: passionate and invested parties with strongly opposing viewpoints up against a looming deadline.

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UPDATED: Couple is looking out for Sterne Park Lake

Mike and Beth Devlin enjoy their historic home on South Bemis Street that backs up to Sterne Park. They’re able to enjoy events that go on in the park and take in the wonders of nature from the comfort of their own back yard.

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UPDATED: Christensen cleared by internal probe into wiretapping allegations

An internal investigation by the city into Littleton Police Department Div. Chief Bill Christensen, instigated by allegations the department was recording its employees’ phone calls without their knowledge, has resulted in no disciplinary action.

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WWW gets 'Fun & Fit' in 2012

"Fun & Fit!" is the theme for the 2012 Western Welcome Week celebration.

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City encourages residents to join a board or commission

The Littleton City Council invites Littleton residents to apply for vacancies on the city’s boards and commissions.

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SSPRD offers matching gifts for community projects

South Suburban Park and Recreation District’s Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 for its annual Matching Gifts Program.  The program matches donated dollars with district funds, resulting in double the money available for the development and improvement of community parks, trails, facilities and programs.

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Fire partners find agreement

At its meeting January 3, the Littleton City Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with its partners in the Highlands Ranch Metro District and the Littleton Fire Protection District concerning the delivery of fire protection services.

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Gazette's top dozen of 2011

What a whirlwind year it's been, right? In case you blinked and missed something, here are snippets of's 12 most clicked-on stories of 2011, our inaugural  year. To read the full stories, click on the headlines.

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Man charged with sexual exploitation of children

On Jan. 2, Littleton Detective Kevin Denner arrested Christopher John Edmunds (DOB 04-22-1987) as a result of an ongoing online investigation.

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Deputy city manager resigns

Littleton Deputy City Manager Phil Cortese announced today that he will leave employment at the City of Littleton effective Jan. 15, 2012.

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Council, SSPRD approve project for South Platte River

When you see bulldozers start showing up in the South Platte River, do not panic. Do not call Homeland Security. Do not call 911. We repeat, do not panic.

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Citizens praise Littleton PD

Residents showered praise on the Littleton Police Department Monday night during a public hearing held as part of its accreditation process.

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Recording sheds light on Staiert's sexual-harassment allegations against judge has obtained a recording of a Feb. 10 conversation between former City Attorney Suzanne Staiert and Presiding Municipal Judge James Anderson, facilitated by Erich WonSavage, the city’s director of human resources.

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Man charged with child-luring and attempted sexual assault

Littleton police arrested 18-year-old George Anthony West II Nov. 15 on charges of Internet luring of a child and attempt to commit sexual assault on a child.

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Teen shot on night of gang activity near Progress Park

Editor's Note: We realize the shooting in this story happened a month ago, but we just heard about it a few days before the arrest of George West and noticed West's name in both reports. We are working on a larger story about the situation in the Progress Park neighborhood, so please stay tuned.

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'For your brothers and sisters'

Saturday wasn't a good day to be a cop-in-training at Arapahoe Community College Law Enforcement Academy, unless you like being run ragged, pepper sprayed and Tased all in one afternoon.

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Brinkman mayor in 4-3 vote

City council last night narrowly elected Debbie Brinkman as its new council president, and Bruce Stahlman to be president pro tem.

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Dick Valore remembered

Richard "Dick" Valore lived a life without regrets, Rev. Jeff Kane told numerous friends and family members during funeral services at Drinkwine Mortuary today.

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Heirloom shop gets new space

A family heirloom on Main Street will look a little different this year, but will carry on with tradition nonetheless.

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Robinson says drill went AOK

"Are we doing enough to protect our freedoms that we've shed a lot of blood for?" wondered Eugene Darrow, a World War II veteran and visitor to Sen. Linda Newell's town hall Saturday at Blueberry's. "... We have active enemies."

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Helping the tough cookies

Is it possible to convert a 16-year-old runaway, a tough cookie who wants nothing to do with her parents, into a reliable employee in the family business?

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They gave the last full measure

Some tears were shed Friday at the World War II Memorial during Littleton's annual Veterans Day ceremony in Ketring Park, where many gathered to remember and, said Chaplain Carter Jones, to mourn "those who gave the last full measure."

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"That was as bad as it gets"

Vietnam veteran Don Schaffer looked out at a group of Options High School students yesterday and told them he was just their age when he volunteered to go to war in 1966, a big boy full of ideals who just wanted to protect his country from falling to communism.

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Wielding the "magic thumb"

Did you ever see a tiny little female officer and wonder how she’s able to take on the big bad guys?

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UPDATED: Staiert fired after filing complaint against judge

We received the following statement from Kelli Narde, the city's director of communications, today:

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UPDATED: Cole will keep her seat, Beckman not far behind

Perhaps the biggest surprise in last night’s still-unofficial election results is in District 2, where James Boone, who admitted he was a long shot, is just 107 votes shy of Jerry Valdes’ 598 votes.

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Feldman running for DA

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Extra Innings, indoor baseball park, opens.

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SSPRD offers free fitness orientations.

Community Affairs:
John Trujillo, owner of Mission Trujillo, has died.

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