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Today's News

  • Gift drive under way for CASA kids

    Local kids whose families are struggling with poverty and mental-health and substance-abuse issues still can receive a holiday gift that warms their hearts — with your help.

    Jeffco Human Services and the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties are collecting gifts for the Sponsor-A-Family Holiday Giving Program from now until Monday.

  • Chase ends south of Golden with arrests

    A chase Wednesday afternoon involving the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office ended when the suspects' vehicle was forced off Rooney Road south of Golden.

    The vehicle, a black Jeep, matched the description of a vehicle involved in a triple homicide earlier Wednesday in Adams County. Two people, a male driver and his female passenger, were arrested.

  • School district must work out details of pay plan, HR chief says

     The details of Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved performance-based pay structure for teachers need to be hammered out, and soon, district human resources director Amy Weber told board members last Thursday. 

    The board needs to address issues such as how to pay teachers with advanced degrees, an equitable method of hiring new teachers, and how to pay for additional workdays for staff members like teacher librarians, Weber said.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    The quicker cover-upper

  • Littleton council hires full-time city attorney

    The Littleton City Council has decided to hire a full-time city attorney after about a year of contracting for legal services with an outside lawyer.

    The council approved the promotion of Deputy City Attorney Kristin Schledorn to the full-time city attorney position on a 6-1 vote during its Dec. 2 meeting. Schledorn has been with Littleton since 2012.

  • West Metro Fire set to approve reductions in 2015 budget

    The West Metro Fire Protection District board was set to approve a 2015 budget at a meeting Tuesday that includes shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area and reducing the number of on-duty firefighters.

    The cuts are part of a budget-balancing effort after voters rejected a 3-mill property-tax increase last May that would have raised taxes on a $300,000 home by $72 annually. The cuts represent about $2 million in savings in the 2015 budget.

  • Foothills asks county for $1 million grant for Clement Park

    Clement Park is nearly 30 years old and looks tired, said Ron Hopp, executive director of the Foothills Park and Recreation District, which manages the property for Jeffco Open Space.

    To fund repairs and redevelopment at the park, Foothills has asked Jeffco Open Space for a $1 million grant to help cover $2.35 million in projects, most of which would go to replace the malfunctioning irrigation system and pump station, Hopp said.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Eagles soaring after sixth straight win to start the season
    CASTLE ROCK — Dakota Ridge continued its early-season winning ways, scoring its sixth victory of the season with a 64-59 road win at Castle View on Dec. 13.

    The Eagles, coached by Curi Yutzy, opened the season with a trio of wins at the Fossil Ridge tournament before its lone home game thus far, a 59-57 thriller over Legend on Dec. 9.

  • Short-handed Eagles prevail

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    Apparently, Dakota Ridge doesn’t need every player to win an ice hockey game. Minus seven of their top players, the Eagles defeated Steamboat Springs, 2-1, on Dec. 12 at the Edge Ice Arena. 

    Forward Zack Williams, scored Dakota’s first goal after he was collapsed in front of the net, went to his knees and lost the puck. Yet, somehow, he regained possession and poked the puck in. 

  • Eagles hope tourney is learning tool

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Some might question Rich Gavelda’s sanity for inviting the likes of Monarch, Grandview and Mesa Ridge — all ranked in the top five in last week’s 5A and 4A polls — to Dakota Ridge’s revival of the Battle at the Ridge girls basketball tournament.