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Today's News

  • Secretary of State Williams discusses ballot measures

    Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with students and other members of the public Oct. 12 at Arapahoe Community College to discuss and explain various ballot measures in the November election, including the highly controversial ColoradoCare and a law permitting assisted suicide.

    Williams emphasized that his job includes reviewing ballot initiatives and analyzing whether or not they meet the legal requirements.

  • Roxborough visitors travel back in time

    Sunshine bounced off the rock formations at Roxborough Park on Saturday, illuminating bits of history for those celebrating the fifth annual International Archaeology Day at the state park.

    In combination with regular park visitors, a large crowd — too large for the available parking — filled the park, and cars wrapped around the entrance waiting to get in.

  • Hunger Walk quenches a thirst to serve the needy

    As the Foothills CROP Hunger Walk began Sunday, several participants at the front of the procession grabbed gallons of water to carry on their journey around Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park.

    Though the day was warm, the water was not meant to quench their thirst. Instead, it was a sign of solidarity and a symbol of the struggle that many face when trying to meet their basic survival needs.

  • Author celebrates birthday with visit to Mortensen Elementary

    David Shannon was greeted by cheers, claps and the echo of hundreds of students at Mortensen Elementary School singing “Happy Birthday.”

    The author — perhaps best known for books like “No, David” and “David Gets in Trouble” — visited the South Jeffco elementary school last Thursday. As the visit happened to fall on his birthday, Mortensen chose to celebrate, and the aroma of a birthday sheet cake wafted through the halls.

  • Hopefuls for District 1 commission seat differ on challenges ahead

    The candidates vying for the Jeffco commission’s District 1 seat both have their eyes on addressing the challenges posed by future growth, but the challenger said leading her agenda would be fixing a perceived lack of transparency between the county and its residents.

  • Peiffer cultivates real-life lessons

    The best way to teach children about sustainability and healthy living is to fully immerse them in the practice of it — at least that’s Peiffer Elementary School’s motto.

    The South Jeffco school began work on its community garden last Friday, and teachers, students and parents gathered at the school during the district’s fall break to help.

  • Penalties, miscues hamper D’Evelyn

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    ARVADA — Sometimes a winning team just needs needs to get knocked down. 

    That’s exactly what happened to D’Evelyn on Oct. 14 at Faith Christian. The Jaguars lost to the host Eagles 19-6. 

  • Eagles’ Vancil breaks through, wins 5A Jeffco League title

    Austin Vancil certainly wasn’t expecting it. Most likely not too many people were.

    “Not at all,” Vancil said.

    But the Dakota Ridge sophomore certainly was capable of winning the 5A Jeffco League cross country championship, and he did. Vancil ran the Clement Park course on Oct. 13 in 16 minutes, 24 seconds, holding off Arvada West’s Colin Berndt by six seconds. It helped the Eagles to a second-place team finish, behind A-West with 59 points. The Wildcats scored 38.

  • Eagles avenge loss, win regionals

    PARKER — The 11th-seeded Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles (13-8-0) knew a run at the 5A state championships wouldn’t be easy, especially if it meant battling their adversary — sixth-seeded Legend (16-5-1), which is exactly what happened.

  • Experience helps Chatfield’s top players

    DENVER — Christian Holmes was dressed for the occasion. With his Chatfield Chargers T-shirt, plaid team shorts, black socks with a red stripe and brand new orange shoes, the sophomore and No. 1 singles player was ready for the 5A state boys’ tennis tournament.

    More than the wardrobe, however, Holmes had the mental makeup to tackle the challenges he faced at Gates Tennis Center on Oct. 13.