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Today's News

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    He didn’t hate it

  • Foothills poised to seek 53 percent tax increase

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is poised to ask residents for a 53 percent property-tax increase in November. 

    The district's Board of Directors will vote on ballot language for the 4-mill boost at its Aug. 26 meeting. The board unanimously supported the proposal at its July 22 meeting. 

    The increase would raise annual taxes by $95.52 for a $300,000 home in the district. The current mill levy is 7.559, which does not include special subdistricts; the owner of a $300,000 home would pay $276.03 annually if the increase is approved. 

  • Man dies after car plunges into Johnston Reservoir

    A 31-year-old Aurora man died after his car plunged into Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park early Monday.

    David Helding died from drowning according to the Jeffco Coroner's Office. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Littleton Hospital.

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • 2014 boys soccer capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Billy Presson, David Palik
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2013 record: 12-4-1, 6-1-1 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Sr., Striker; Jamey McGrath, Sr., Midfielder; Jared Reiss, Sr., Midfielder
    Season opener: Aug. 28, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lions’ Robb bounces back

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Motivation matters in a sport’s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.

    Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.

  • Jarecki, Lady Chargers rally to top D’Evelyn

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield returns six starters from last year’s 5A state-qualifying team. But it’s a misleading number, as four of those began the 2014 season in different positions.

    “We just lost some key positions,” coach Nicole Janssen explained of a revamped lineup for the Aug. 15 opener at D’Evelyn. “We had kids all over the place; it was really awkward for some of them.”

  • Suspect in Littleton shooting death still at large

    Littleton police were still searching for a suspect over the weekend in the Aug. 13 shooting death of a 55-year-old man. 

  • Program helps sixth-graders with New Beginnings

    From breaking in a new locker to making new friends, the first day of middle school can be intimidating. 

    Falcon Bluffs Middle School is hoping to counter some of that anxiety with the New Beginnings program for Jeffco students entering sixth grade.

    The program is headed by drama teacher Anthony Bruno and physical education teacher Allyn Atadero. Its aim is to introduce students to middle school life before the year begins, including the dreaded challenge of opening the new locker, their biggest fear, according to Atadero. 

  • Talking turkey with 4-H kids

    The price of a frozen turkey at the neighborhood grocery store doesn't add up for 15-year-old Evan Lim of Littleton.

    It costs Lim, a 4-H participant, about $70 for each of the turkeys he’s raised from chicks and then processed — a giant jump from the supermarket price.

    “It makes you wonder what they’re feeding them,” Lim said. “It’s really important for my family to know where our food comes from.”