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Today's News

  • Open Space chief discusses crowded parks

    Jeffco Open Space director Tom Hoby acknowledged the need to address the increased use of county parks at a forum last week in Golden: “We’re trying to enhance the visitor experience.”

    Hoby said Open Space is developing webcams that would allow visitors to check availability at parking lots before driving to parks.

    With more and more nature lovers visiting Open Space parks, many of them are becoming crowded — especially on weekends, he noted.

  • Jeffco commissioners OK raises for DA’s employees

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given their initial approval to a requested salary increase for some employees of the district attorney’s office.

    District Attorney Pete Weir requested $120,648 from the board April 28 to address what he said were significant issues with salaries for newer attorneys in the DA’s office.

  • Citizen group urges humane option for controlling prairie dogs

    A group of prairie dog lovers wants the Foothills Park and Recreation District to always consider a humane option when controlling the rodents on its properties.

    Tina Gurdikian and Gina Writz, members of the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, urged the rec district board April 28 to move a colony of prairie dogs from the future home of a BMX track at the Schaefer Athletic Complex to another section of that property. The citizen-created group also suggested passive relocation be employed throughout Foothills’ park system.

  • Southwest Plaza annexation on hold again

    A possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar is in a holding pattern again.

    General Growth Properties, owner of Southwest Plaza, and Bow Mar have decided to delay the annexation plan until the company completes the ongoing $75 million to $80 million renovation of the shopping center. The renovations are set to be finished this fall.

  • Teachers union, district debate pay model in court

    The Jeffco teachers union argued Friday in district court that the school district improperly enacted a performance-based pay model that created unfair pay disparities between new and experienced teachers.

    The district countered that the school board was well within its rights to make final decisions about pay, and that the same disparities existed under the former system.

    Attorneys for the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district argued their cases before District Judge Christopher Zenisek, who has not yet made a decision.

  • Dahlkemper won't seek re-election to school board

    Jeffco school board member Lesley Dahlkemper has announced she will not run for a second term this fall, citing home and work responsibilities.

    Dahlkemper, who was elected in 2011 and is one of the board’s two liberal members, said the decision is not related to frequent friction with the board’s conservative majority over everything from facilities and budget to teacher pay and union relations.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Youth camp set for June 15-18 at Chatfield
    Chatfield Senior High will be hosting a youth volleyball camp June 15-18 for incoming students in grades 5-7. The camp will run from 10 a.m. to noon daily for 5th-6th graders and 1-3 p.m. for 6th-7th graders. Cost is $50.

    For more information, visit www.chatfieldvolleyball.com or e-mail head coach Stephanie Schick at ssschick@jeffco.k12.co.us.

  • Second-half goal helps Chatfield trip rival Columbine

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield had time to adjust. Columbine didn’t.

  • Littleton enjoys successful first season in 4A

    ENGLEWOOD — First-year head coach Jennah Hughes had plenty of reasons to be pleased with her Littleton Lady Lions’ girls tennis team. 

    In its first year in the 4A Jeffco League, Littleton finished second only to powerhouse Valor Christian, and it followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 4A Region 2 tournament April 30 at Kent Denver.

    The Lady Lions, behind four third-place finishes, scored 49 points. Kent Denver won with 86 points, followed by Valor Christian (76) and Discovery Canyon (52).

  • Chargers complete rally, wins 5A Jeffco

    Matt Johnson started the 2015 baseball season as Chatfield’s Level III coach. He was in Mexico when Paul Grubesic was relieved of his duties as the Chargers’ varsity head coach after a 1-7 start. 

    Eleven games later, Chatfield celebrated its first 5A Jeffco League baseball title in 25 years.