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Today's News

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Foothills will acquire roller hockey facility

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District is moving forward with plans to acquire the Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League building at its Schaefer Athletic Complex on South Kipling Parkway.

    The pending $1.4 million purchase is expected to have a 10-year payback and net approximately $200,000 annually in revenues, said Ron Hopp, Foothills executive director.
    “This would provide a lot of unique opportunities we don’t have,” Hopp said at the district board’s April 25 meeting.

  • A lively festival for a chilly spring day

    “Hop, cross, turn,” dance teacher Joan Saliman said to a group learning an Israeli dance at Congregation B’nai Chaim in Morrison on Sunday morning.

    With music supplying a steady beat, the dancers moved across the room with fast-paced steps and turns.

    Israeli dance was just one of many activities that people enjoyed at the congregation’s first Israeli cultural festival.

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  • Chargers locked into girls soccer playoff berth

    LAKEWOOD — A shot on goal is never a bad thing.

    Chatfield proved that fact April 28 at Lakewood Memorial Field. The Chargers’ first shot on goal came in the 55th minute and led to the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over rival Dakota Ridge.

  • Rebels respond after giving up first goal in Jeffco League

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls soccer team was able to flip the switch April 28 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    After giving up their first goal in Class 5A Jeffco League play and falling behind Lakewood 1-0, the Rebels responded in an impressive way. Columbine (11-0-2 record, 5-0-1 in league) poured in six goals in the final 11 minutes of the first half to take a 6-1 lead.

  • Columbine wins sixth straight

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Dwelling on the past isn’t in the nature of Columbine’s girls lacrosse team.

    Hopes for back-to-back perfect seasons in the Jeffco League eluded Columbine early with a 12-11 overtime loss to Ralston Valley in the Rebels’ second conference game April 7.

  • Buried baseball season

    LITTLETON — Let’s play ball … or shovel snow off fields, pump water off infields and pray for the sun to come out.

    To say the weather has been the main opponent for prep baseball teams across Colorado this spring is a major understatement. Just take a look at the Jeffco School District’s athletic schedule website and click on varsity baseball. It looks like a 3-year-old got their hands on it with all the crossed out games in red.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.