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Today's News

  • It’s only OK when someone else does it

    John Newkirk

  • Deprived of a proper hiring process

    There are times when a government legitimately has just one finalist when hiring a chief executive. Here is a good example.

  • Longtime Dutch Creek paraprofessional retires

    Ann Benninghoff has been in the education game for quite some time.

    But she is now bidding farewell to Dutch Creek Elementary School, the place she’s called home for nearly 40 years.

    She began volunteering at the South Jeffco elementary school, then became a teacher’s aide until landing in her eventual role of paraprofessional.

  • Learning to protect oneself

    Picture this: You’re pointing a gun at someone and demanding their wallet. And then you hear it.

    “Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior?”

    Probably not what you were expecting, right?

    The words may be unexpected, but it is exactly what Penn Springs of Littleton would choose to say should he ever find himself in a similar predicament. In fact, Springs said, the nonsensicalness of the words is the perfect reason to say them.

  • Community meeting notifies S. Jeffco of sexually violent predator

    Jeffco Sheriff’s officials on May 3 tried to allay the fears of residents living near Deer Creek Middle School because a sexually violent predator has moved into the area.

    Residents could only ask questions via notecards at the public meeting, but the concern of the audience, who packed the middle school cafeteria, was palpable. The ability of a sexually violent predator to move close to a school was a chief concern among neighborhood residents.

  • Deer Creek Middle School students showcase STEM projects

    What does a 21st-century classroom look like?

    This was the question students at Deer Creek Middle School were tasked with when they showcased STEM projects last Thursday to teachers, family members and friends. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    “Our sixth graders have spent the last month working on a problem-based learning project in which they have designed an effective 21st-century classroom,” said Brady Stambaugh, a Deer Creek sixth-grade teacher.

  • Molnar finishes as regional runner-up

    For two hours, Conifer’s Hailey Janson and D’Evelyn’s Julia Molnar battled point-for-point with a regional championship on the line. As the dust settled, it was Janson who came out on top in two sets (6-4, 6-4).

    Janson opened the first set with a 4-1 lead and looked as if she would dominate yet again this season. Molnar wouldn’t back down without a fight. The sophomore rallied to win the next three points to tie things at 4-4. 

  • Chargers, Rebels fall to Lakewood

     By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Gavin Olson and Payton Sage are best buds and teammates on the Foothills Swim Team. But they also swim on rival high school teams, and friendship was trumped in a May 5 high school quadrangular meet when they competed against each other for the first time in 2017.

  • Rebels open playoffs with shutout win

     By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Ninth-seeded and Class 5A Jeffco League champion Columbine is moving into the second round of the girls soccer state tournament.

  • Columbine boys lacrosse enters playoffs on 2-game losing streak

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Defensively, Wheat Ridge’s boys lacrosse team appears to be peaking at the right time.