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Today's News

  • Open enrollment begins in Jeffco schools

    Jeffco parents who want to enroll their children in district schools other than their neighborhood school in 2015-16 can begin the enrollment process Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to a district press release.

    Accepted placement depends on classrooms’ available space.

    The district’s first round of choice enrollment will run from Jan. 7 to Jan. 30. A second round — based on a first-come, first-served basis - will run from Feb. 13 to Aug. 31.

    Out-of-district students may also enroll in any Jeffco school that has the space.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Turner, Boyle carry Boulder past Chatfield
    BOULDER — Garrett Turner scored 25 points and Jack Boyle added 23 as host Boulder High pulled away for a 77-54 victory over Chatfield on Jan. 3.

    The loss was the Chargers’ fourth in five games, dropping Chatfield, the two-time defending 5A Jeffco League champions, to 2-6 on the season.

  • Lady Lions’ relentless defense holds Central in check

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Aficionados of pressure defense on the basketball court would enjoy watching the Littleton girls team play. Playing against them is another matter.

  • Eagles are embracing the present

    Yes, it’s cliché, but for Curi Yutzy, it happens to be true. The Dakota Ridge boys basketball coach stresses with each play and each game that the Eagles are committed to focusing on the moment that they are in. 

    Nothing more, nothing else.

    If there’s a bad play, get over it and move on. If there’s a good play, that’s nice; now make the next one. That, as much as the players’ commitment, is why Dakota Ridge is off to an 8-0 start to the 2014-15 boys basketball season and ranked sixth in CHSAA’s 5A state poll.

  • ‘A leader of men’: Littleton’s Earl Clark, 95, a key figure in the 10th Mountain Division

    Earl Clark, 95, was among the last of a breed.

    The World War II veteran — the first president of the 10th Mountain Division National Association and a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame — died Dec. 28 at his home in Littleton.

  • ‘An angel stopped to help — and gave his life’

    Chauncey and Kenny Tate knew Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro for just a few minutes, but they will never forget him.

    Renfro stopped to help the Denver brother and sister Saturday after their car crashed on U.S. 285, and he was struck by another vehicle and killed. Chauncey’s 9-month-old son, Angus, also was in their car.

  • Lakewood’s iconic White Fence Farm acquired by Evergreen restaurateurs

    White Fence Farm has new owners, but the legendary fried chicken hasn’t changed.

    Restaurant industry veterans Tom Piercy and Craig Caldwell, who also own Keys on the Green in Evergreen, purchased the iconic family restaurant and farm in November. The business, at 6263 W. Jewell Ave. in Lakewood, had had the same owner, Charlie Wilson, since opening 41 years ago.

  • Littleton council OKs $200,000 loan to city’s urban renewal authority

    The Littleton City Council has approved a $200,000 loan to the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow.

    The loan, $50,000 of which was made available immediately and has a payback date of 2019, was approved by the council Dec. 16 on a 5-2 vote. The loan includes a provision that each additional distribution must get council approval.

  • Commissioners allocate $1.5 million in extra raises

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have given initial approval to the distribution of $1.5 million in raises for county employees in several departments.

    The $1.5 million, equal to a 1 percent raise, was included in the 2015 budget to address a rising attrition rate among county employees. The money is in addition to a 2 percent merit-based pay increase in the 2015 budget.

  • 2014: Elections, annexations and school district turmoil

    Midterm elections, muddled annexations and school district gyrations marked 2014 for South Jeffco residents.

    The November election featured several hotly contested races, while a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by Bow Mar caused consternation for residents of South Jeffco and of the tiny town. Meanwhile, actions by the new school board majority sparked teacher sick-outs, student walkouts and national headlines.