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Today's News

  • County surveying options for surveyor

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have decided to halve the pay for a position that requires little work and that the county doesn’t really need.

    No candidates ran for county surveyor in the November election, and the antiquated position is rarely called on to do actual work. But current state law requires the commissioners to appoint someone to the position within 90 days of it becoming vacant.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

  • 2014 a good year for economic development

    Jefferson County is thriving in terms of its economic vitality, said Doug Bene, executive vice president of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    In 2014, 2,213 jobs were retained and created in Jeffco, and new capital investments totaled $488 million, he said during a recent presentation to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee. Other good news is that the unemployment rate in Jeffco has dropped to 4.4 percent.

  • Buchli, Lady Eagles stave off Columbine

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Coming out of a timeout shortly after Columbine had taken just its second lead of the game with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left on its first basket by someone other than Bridget Snow and Carly Perry, Dakota Ridge girls basketball coach Rich Gavelda issued two specific directives.

    First: Shoot the basketball, which Sydney Buchli did. Second: Try to get Snow, who had riddled Dakota Ridge for 19 points but had three fouls, on the bench.

  • Resilient Eagles keep rolling, stay undefeated

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Call it the Dirty Dozen.

    Dakota Ridge, No. 3 in last week’s CHSAA 5A boys basketball poll, ran its record to 12-0 with a 50-45 victory at Columbine on Jan. 14.

    “Pretty typical for our games,” head coach Curi Yutzy said after his Eagles improved to 3-0 in 5A Jeffco play. “It was far from pretty, but we had enough guys step up and make just enough plays. Our guys are resilient. That’s not the first game we’ve been in like this.”

  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    Standing in his purple and gold warmup suit, there’s a sense of pride for 126-pounder Poe Di and his Littleton High School wrestling teammates. After all, five years ago, there was no such program. None. Zilch. Wrestling was non-existent over at 199 E. Littleton Blvd.

    Sitting dormant for two decades, Littleton High didn’t have a wrestling team. The mats — some 16 or so of them — sat idle in the school’s gymnasium. Nowadays, although there are still growing pains, the Lions are back on the mat.

  • Open Space supports $1 million grant request for Clement Park improvements

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • Jeffco Open Space supports $1 million grant request for Clement Park improvement

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of a $1 million grant request from the Foothills Park and Recreation District for upgrades and improvements to 30-year-old Clement Park.

    “That park is a key part of Jefferson County,” board member Felicity Hannay said at the Jan. 8 OSAC meeting.

  • Dakota Ridge controls game’s flow

    In truth, it didn’t really matter whether the teams were at even strength or if Dakota Ridge was on the penalty kill because the host Eagles, on Jan. 8 at The Edge Ice Arena, were in control of visiting Pine Creek from start to finish.

    It took a while for sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to get its feet underneath itself again after a nearly three-week layoff, but once it did, it showed who the better team was in a 4-0 blanking of the other Eagles.