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Today's News

  • Bike to Word Day rolls smoothly

    The pressure just wasn’t enough for Jani Flaig. One of the tires on her bicycle was starting to get low. 

    Luckily for her, more than a few people were available to offer assistance along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail on June 25. 

    Thousands of people across the metro area eschewed their cars in favor of bicycles last Wednesday on Colorado’s Bike to Work Day. The event, organized by the Denver Regional Council of Governments, encourages commuters to forsake their typical trip to work and try biking to the office. 

  • Incumbent Kerr wants to maintain focus on education, economy

    State Sen. Andy Kerr wants to continue his work on education and economic issues at the Capitol, two areas that he says are vital to Jeffco and Colorado. 

    Kerr, a Democrat, is running for re-election in South Jeffco’s Senate District 22; he won a two-year term in the redrawn district in 2012, after reapportionment left the Republican incumbent, Tim Neville, outside the district’s boundaries. 

    Kerr will face the winner of the Republican primary race Tony Sanchez in November's general election. 

  • Parcel at Quincy, Kipling is rezoned for 70 homes

    A commercial lot at the southeast corner of West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Parkway has been rezoned to allow for up to 70 single-family homes. 

    The rezoning of the 10.9-acre property was approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners June 24 on a 3-0 vote. The change was requested by the developer, Quincy Lake LLC, due to what it said was an inability to develop the property for commercial use. 

  • District boosts funding for curriculum, student achievement

    Thanks to increased state funding, Jeffco Public Schools will spend more on curriculum, student achievement and ever-changing technology trends during the 2014-15 school year.

    The school board approved next year’s budget at last month’s final meeting before summer break on a 3-2 vote. The more than $1 billion spending plan is up from last year’s $952 million budget.

  • Tensions persist between residents, urban renewal agency

    Tensions between a citizens group seeking more transparent government and Littleton officials surfaced at a recent meeting of the city’s urban renewal authority.

    At the June 16 meeting of Littleton Invests for Tomorrow, that friction was visible when Littleton resident Carol Brzeczek asked LIFT board president Jim Taylor to release information on possible boundary changes the board received during the meeting.

    Taylor said he wouldn’t release the information until the board had a chance to review it. 

  • Girl missing near Columbine West found safe

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy found an 8-year-old girl who had been reported missing in the South Jeffco area Wednesday morning.

    The girl, Chloey, was found near West Coal Mine Avenue and Owens by a deputy after a search was started earlier. She had been last seen at 7 a.m. near 7200 W. Portland Ave., southwest of Coal Mine Avenue and Pierce Street, according to the sheriff’s Twitter account.

  • Dietz fitness challenge tests players

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    U.S. Navy SEALs are renowned for their physical training regimen. It’s a big part of achieving their ethos, which includes “expect discipline, demand innovation,” “expect to lead and be led” and “forged by adversity.”

  • GETTING HER KICKS

    At age 7, Madelynn Gorman-Shore was looking for a sport she could participate in and enjoy. Little did she or her family know that a taekwondo demonstration during her time at the Collegiate Academy charter school would capture her imagination.

    “I thought it was really cool,” she said. “It looked energetic and fun to do.”

    “It looked exciting to her. She said that she wanted to do taekwondo, and I said, ‘Are you sure?’ ” said Erin Gorman-Shore, Madelynn’s mom.

  • Groundskeeper at Meadows Golf Course dies in tractor accident

     A 79-year-old groundskeeper was run over by a tractor and died the morning of June 24 while working at the Meadows Golf Course.

    John Meyers was found by golfers on the ninth hole with his chest pinned beneath one of the tractor's rear tires.  

    Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said Meyers had been using the tractor for seeding. It appeared the tractor's rear wheel rolled over Meyers when he stopped to get a bag from an attachment on the front of the vehicle to put seed in an attachment behind it.

  • Yawning sinkhole opens on South Simms

    A sinkhole bigger than two VW bugs has closed two lanes of South Simms Street between West Cooper Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The 20-foot-wide sinkhole, about 400 square feet in total size, shut down the street to both car and foot traffic on the afternoon of June 25. The hole is near the Foothills Park and Rec facilities on Ward Street.