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Today's News

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

    John-Michael Keyes and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, parents of Emily Keyes, who was fatally shot in 2006 at age 16 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School, said in a release that they asked the board of the I Love U Guys Foundation to make 2015 the parade’s last year.

  • Boating season opens at Chatfield State Park

    Prompted by warm weather, the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park opened for boating on Friday. The south boat ramp will open April 1, according to information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    All vessels on trailers must undergo an inspection prior to launching. However, hand-launched, non-motorized boats such as canoes or kayaks are allowed on the water without an inspection.

  • Looking at ways to get kids, families outdoors

    “We’ve got to understand what can motivate people to get outdoors,” said Ben Davis of Onsight Public Affairs at the March 3 meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

    Davis and his Onsight partner Mike Melanson are leading a research project for Great Outdoors Colorado to determine the level of interest that families have in outdoor experiences for their children and to find ways of encouraging them to enjoy nature.

  • McCasky resigns as head of economic development group

     Kevin McCasky has resigned as president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

    The former county commissioner, who had led the Golden-based economic development organization since 2011, stepped down effective March 2, according to the release. No reason was given for his departure.

  • South Jeffco Democrats throng caucuses

    Vehicles were circling a packed parking lot at Chatfield Senior High School in a futile search for an available space on Super Tuesday caucus night last week. And the high school gym was filled to capacity at the general gathering before precinct caucuses began for Jeffco Democrats.

    “We had an amazing turnout,” said Cheryl Cheney, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. “Our numbers exceeded our previous record in 2008.”

  • Dakota Ridge students develop enterprise to increase awareness of suicide risk

    Two seniors at Dakota Ridge High School have launched an enterprise designed to increase awareness of classmates who may be at risk of suicide.

    Working with teacher Rachel Caliga in their entrepreneurship class, Andrew Arney and Bobby Lloyd McConnell have developed a business plan called “Operation Upstream,” which includes products designed to prevent suicides.

    “We thought Operation Upstream would be a perfect business,” Arney said.

  • Correction

    A story in the March 2 edition of the Courier contained misleading information about wording on memorial plaques to be placed on benches at Clement Park. The board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District approved two references to verses in the New Testament of the Bible as content for the plaques. The actual quotations will not appear on the plaques.

  • D’Evelyn bows out to rival

    EVERGREEN — It felt like an end of an era as D’Evelyn’s girls basketball players filed out of their locker room March 4 at Evergreen High School.

    The Jaguars suffered a season-ending 49-26 loss to Jeffco rival Evergreen in the 4A Great 8 state tournament game. Not only did the loss close the season for D’Evelyn (16-10 record), but also it saw the likes of Lexi Reed and Aubrey Sotolongo walking off the basketball court together for the last time.

  • Dakota Ridge takes pride in another Sweet 16 appearance

    AURORA — It’s 2 minutes and 10 seconds Dakota Ridge’s basketball team would like back.

    The Eagles led 14-12 on No. 2 seed Regis with about five minutes to play in the second quarter March 2 at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora. The Raiders (22-4 record) suddenly went on a 11-0 run over 130 seconds to snag a 23-14 lead thanks to some Dakota Ridge (17-8) turnovers that led to some transition buckets for Regis.

  • Eight Eagle seniors battled through several changes

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Diane Thompson admits she wasn’t sure how her first year as Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball coach would go.

     “I didn’t know what I had. After that first week I thought, maybe we are OK,” Thompson said March 1 after the Eagles’ season ended at Highlands Ranch High School with a 70-41 loss. “It was kind of a rollercoaster season. I’ve got to give it to the kids. We aren’t very big. We are very crafty.”