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Today's News

  • Pedals power the commute

    Leave for work at 6 a.m. Turn onto the road. Drop down into a lower gear to get up the hill. Push the pedal down. Now the other one. Breathe in. Breathe out.

    The first mile takes more than five minutes. The 19 more to the office will be much the same.

    Thousands of Coloradans had this experience on their way to work June 22. But rather than sitting in traffic jams, they were biking to their jobs.

  • Little Leaguers in a league of their own

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Little League Baseball draws the lion’s share of publicity, capped by its nationally televised World Series in Williamsport, Pa. But baseball purists might prefer tournaments under the auspice of the United States Specialty Sports Association, of which the Dakota Ridge Sports Association’s youth teams are a member.

  • Tie vote derails proposed BMX track at Schaefer

    A tie vote by the board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District has at least temporarily derailed a plan to add a BMX bicycle track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

    The 2-2 vote with one abstention means a licensing agreement with Mile High BMX, a Lakewood nonprofit that wants to build the track, will expire at the end of the year without further action. Despite changes in the agreement made to address neighbors' concerns that include adequate parking and noise and light pollution, the motion to renew the pact failed.

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Young actors take on 'The Magical Land of Oz'

    Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woman are walking through the forest when they suddenly come upon the Cowardly Lion. With a great roar, he frightens them out of their wits.

    Suddenly, overhead, an alarm sounds, and an automated voice tells everyone to leave the building or call the school district.

    “See,” Dorothy tells the Cowardly Lion, “you’re so scary, you set off the security alarm!”

  • Hikers raising money, awareness for veterans’ causes

    Operation: New Trails.

    It sounds like a military operation, and, in some small and unofficial way, it is. More than 60 hikers from across the nation — including one from Canada — are taking to the Colorado Trail this week to raise money and awareness for wounded veterans.

  • Paddleboarder who was caught in storm on Chatfield Reservoir dies

    The Parker mother of three who was paddleboarding at Chatfield Reservoir on Friday when a sudden storm hit has died.

    Dr. Hope Cassel, 45, was found unresponsive in the water near the Chatfield swim beach after the storm, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Cassel had been on a paddleboard outing with her three sons and one of their friends when high winds, hail and lightning hit the area about 1 p.m.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Two gun store burglaries reported in two days

    About 30 handguns were stolen early Tuesday from a gun shop in a strip mall on West Bowles Avenue, and another gun store to the east in Littleton was burglarized the next day. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed burglars tripped a silent alarm at Colorado Gun Broker, 8966 W. Bowles Ave., at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies reportedly arrived within five minutes, but the perpetrators were gone.

    Techmeyer said the gun store's surveillance cameras weren't operating during the break-in, but other cameras in the strip mall were being checked.

  • District weighing options after medical-marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.