Today's News

  • Sewer line repairs begin in Columbine Valley

    Repair work has begun on a large sewer line in the Columbine Valley area that serves 14,000 people in the Southwest Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District, Grant Water and Sanitation District and Columbine Water and Sanitation District.

  • Police called to teacher welcome event

    Lakewood police officers made an appearance at a Jeffco Public Schools orientation for new teachers Aug. 4 after union representatives passing out fliers were told they were trespassing.

    The relationship between the Jefferson County Education Association and the school district has been strained in recent months over two lawsuits, contract negotiations, and an attempt to recall the district’s three conservative school board members.

  • Summer records reinvigorate Garcia’s passion

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    It’s almost as if Santana Garcia has a fixation with water. From about the age of 8, he has envisioned attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., with the help of his special talent: swimming.
    The gift in the pool has been there for the Chatfield senior-to-be, along with a demanding course load. In the past two 5A boys swimming championships, Garcia placed in the top six in the 100-yard butterfly and twice finished ninth in the 50 freestyle, winning the ‘B’ heat.

  • Column: It’s that time of the year yet again

    Boy, summer sure does fly by.
    By now, I’ll guess that you’ve peeked at the calendar and noticed that we’re nearly halfway through the month of August. Go ahead, take a look. OK, it’s Aug. 12, to be exact. Close enough.

  • Boys golf preview: Swinging into a new season

    The 2015 high school boys golf season is ready to get under way. Some teams, such as Columbine, return standouts like Marcus Tait, while Dakota Ridge and Chatfield will turn to returning players
    to fill leadership roles.

    The last time we saw Columbine’s boys golf team, it was finishing 10th at the 5A state championships last September in Colorado Springs. But it was the drama in how the Rebels qualified for state two weeks prior at regionals that identified this team.

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • Wages working his way back after injuries derail pro debut

    Trevor Wages was breaking backboards two years ago. Now, it’s his basketball career that is needing repairing.

    A year ago, the 2010 Chatfield Senior High graduate and former Colorado School of Mines standout was working out with the Denver Nuggets and signing a contract to play for the Vienna Timberwolves, a member of Europe’s Division II basketball league. His professional career, however, lasted all of a month.

  • Cyclists rush Littleton streets

    The 1850s “Pikes Peak” gold rush brought people from all over the world to Colorado and is credited with helping establish the city of Littleton.

    On Aug. 1 — 125 years after it was established — Littleton saw another gold rush, but this time it was professional cyclists chasing a gold medal in the Littleton Twilight Criterium, a 1.3 km closed-circuit bicycle race that winds through the downtown streets.

  • Missing South Jeffco girl found safe

    A South Jeffco teen who apparently ran away from home in the early-morning hours Tuesday has been found safe and is being reunited with her family.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter feed about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday that the 15-year-old girl was found near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. She had been discovered missing at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in the 9100 block of West Chatfield Drive, southeast of West Chatfield Avenue and Kipling.