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Today's News

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”

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  • Judge approves supervised trips for Deer Creek gunman

    Bruco Eastwood, the gunman who shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010, will be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for limited supervised trips after a judge’s ruling last week.

    The request was made by doctors at the state hospital as part of Eastwood’s treatment for schizophrenia. The trips would occur once or twice a week with other patients from the hospital and under the supervision of medical staff.

  • Return of Hay, Gunkel has Chatfield on track

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It pained Ryan Hay and Lucas Gunkel that they could only watch as Chatfield missed last year’s 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs while rivals Columbine and Dakota Ridge both advanced. But the seniors are recovered from injuries and their return has helped propel the Chargers to a 3-0 start prior to this week’s spring break trip to Florida and the periphery of the CHSAA poll top 10.

  • Littleton’s 4x200 relay team pulls away

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Smith, Tre Blake, Eric Lyons and Noah McGhee were determined to top their personal-best time in the 4x200 relay, set just two weeks prior, at the 4A Jeffco Relays. 

    That’s what they did in running a winning time of 1 minute, 32.22 seconds on March 18 at Jeffco Stadium.

    “I just felt really good, and we just had the drive. We wanted to beat Valor,” Smith said.

  • Vance opens the season with a bang

    GOLDEN — Dakota Ridge senior Gillian Vance is excited for the 2015 girls golf season and rightfully so. It’s the last of her high school career. 

    She also feels a little pressure to perform and, well, rightfully so again. Vance, after all, is a three-time state qualifier and wants to end the season with a bang. That’s yet to be decided, but there’s little doubt that she started it with one.

  • The right stuff

    A group of military veterans who had geared up in South Jeffco spent last week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.

    The dozen veterans from across the country were at the Sports Authority at Bowles Crossing on March 10 to load up on everything from wool socks to ski goggles before making the trip up the mountain to participate in numerous winter sports.

  • School district, teachers open talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union waded into collective bargaining last week, and while pledges of cooperation remain in the air, some friction around compensation has already made an early appearance.

    The union’s entire contract is on the table this year, and the district and the union spent most of their first two sessions laying out each side’s specific interests and defining logistics for how bargaining sessions would be structured. Negotiations could run through May.

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to open this summer

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.