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Today's News

  • Rebels come up short against Valor

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — If Columbine had faced Valor Christian six days earlier on the football field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the anticipation would have been through the roof.

    Not so much on the hardwood, where the recently completed football season played a role nonetheless and was partially responsible for the lack of a basketball matchup of star quarterbacks Jake Lowry and Dylan McCaffrey.

  • D’Evelyn falls in state rematch

    DENVER — D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson looked at the glass as half full when it came to Sand Creek seniors Oliana Squires and Liah Davis.

    Squires (27 points) and Davis (23) led the way as the Scorpions took a 59-48 victory over D’Evelyn on Dec. 11 at the Jungle Jam Tournament hosted by the Jaguars.

  • Balance key for Chargers

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s boys basketball team has a potpourri of scoring options.

    The variety of players and ways the Chargers can put the ball in the hoop was on display Dec. 9 in Chatfield’s home opening 82-61 victory over Chaparral. Chatfield poured in ten 3-pointers while senior Josh Frenette dominated down low with a 12-point third quarter as the Chargers led by as much as 31 points against the young Wolverines.

  • New school board members get training on sunshine laws

    Jeffco’s new school board heard an overview of Colorado’s Open Meetings Law and Open Records Act during a public meeting last Thursday before moving behind closed doors to ask specific questions.

    The board — whose five members were elected in November — originally was slated for a two-hour executive session to receive training on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

  • Spreading Christmas cheer

    For students in Chatfield High School’s special-education classes, it’s become a holiday tradition to cheer up our nation’s soldiers.

    The students once again gathered in the Chatfield High atrium on Friday to stuff 250 stockings with toiletries, homemade cards and other items to be sent to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. From there, the stockings will go to GIs at home and overseas who won’t be able to spend the holidays with family, said special-education teacher Sharon McManus.

  • Deputy shoots suspect in South Jeffco

    A Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot a fleeing suspect and a K-9 unit bit the man late Friday at a South Jeffco shopping center.

    The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. outside Governor's Plaza Shoes & Service. The suspect, Michael Manaois, 38, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Stepping up

    The future stars of the Foothills Park and Rec ballet programs will have a chance to shine this weekend in performances of “The Nutcracker” at Columbine High School.

    This year will be special for the younger students, who’ve been taking classes at Foothills for several years. With many of the older dancers now graduated from high school, it’s time for the next group to step up.

  • A sweet ending

    For Cookie, a 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, the diagnosis was grim. The dog needed expensive surgery, or he was going to die.

    But thanks to the generosity of a local veterinarian, Cookie and his South Jeffco family are looking forward to a sweet and joyful Christmas.

    The feisty and playful pup has been a constant companion to the Sumner family for eight years, since Cookie was 8 weeks old. Yet Melissa Sumner knew on a recent day that something was terribly wrong with her family’s best friend.

  • Waiting for the stars to fall

    The Geminids meteor shower is about to make its annual appearance, and Jeffco Open Space will host a watch party Saturday at Hildebrand Ranch Park.

    The event will feature activities for both adults and kids as they experience the meteor shower and the rest of the night sky, said Mike Dempsey, an Open Space naturalist.

    “The Geminids meteor shower happens every year in the middle of December, and what we do is ask folks to come out, bring some … chairs or blankets, and watch the shower,” Dempsey said.

  • Can-do cantor rejuvenates B’nai Chaim

    The lone synagogue in South Jeffco has seen attendance grow in the past year, and many at Congregation B’nai Chaim credit the new cantor and her Southern drawl.

    Cantor Kim Harris was invited to join the synagogue as its spiritual leader in 2014 when the previous rabbi left. Since then, the Reform Judaism congregation at 4716 S. Coors Lane has seen attendance grow by more than 20 percent.

    As cantor, Harris leads the congregation in worship through music and provides insight into the greater message behind the words.