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Today's News

  • Two lanes of South Simms open at site of sinkhole

    A stretch of South Simms Street that has been closed since July due to a large sinkhole partially opened on Thursday. 

    Two lanes of the four-lane street are open, now that initial repairs beneath Simms are finished. The 400-square-foot sinkhole appeared June 25 near Ward Street after a metal culvert failed. 

  • 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. 

  • MacBean sentenced to 8 years in prison for theft

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced Friday afternoon to eight years in prison for stealing more than $647,000 from the Morrison-based fire district over a three-year period.

    MacBean was sentenced to six years in prison for two theft counts and two years for an embezzlement charge. MacBean pleaded guilty in April.

    The sentence also includes five years of probation after prison. MacBean faced a maximum sentence of 27 years in jail.

  • 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.”

  • Sibling rivalry, timely shots help Tait

    BROOMFIELD — Columbine golfers Marcus and Michael Tait have a friendly sibling rivalry on the links.

    And while Michael may be a couple of years older, there’s no doubt that Marcus, a sophomore, takes pride in beating his older brother, like he did Aug. 14 at the Broadlands Golf Course.

    “Yeah, there is. We don’t like to talk about it,” Tait joked about the sibling rivalry.

  • 2014 boys tennis capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Devin Van Treeck
    Assistant coach: Matthew Raml
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Players to watch: Brian Ross, Sr., singles; Patrick Ross, Soph., singles; Sam Meyer, Jr., doubles; John Simpson, Jr., singles/doubles; Chase Adams, Soph., singles/doubles; Austin Stutz, Jr., doubles
    Season opener: Aug. 26, Denver East, 3:30 p.m.

  • 2014 softball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Brooks Roybal
    Assistant coaches: Melissa Ryba, Jerry Nave, Jenny Branch, Anna Carpinello, Bryan Rodriguez
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 12-10, 3-5 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Carly Perry, Sr., SS; Madison Reuter, Sr., P; Shelby Copley, Sr., 1B
    Season opener: Aug. 21, vs. Douglas County, 4 p.m.

  • FRCS’ Roberts comfortable playing Wellshire

    DENVER — Jonathan Roberts likes playing at Wellshire Golf Club, and it showed Aug. 7 in the six-team 3A Mile High League tournament opener. The Front Range Christian junior carded a career-best 15-over-par 86 in the weather-delayed 2014 season debut.

    He shot a 45 on a grueling front nine before settling in for a 41 over the final nine holes to place eighth in a field of 24 golfers.

    “I was hoping to shoot right around what I got, so I’m pretty satisfied,” Roberts said.