Today's News

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

  • Kendallvue students see red on their first day

    The first day of school can be emotional and challenging, but the red-carpet treatment can ease youngsters’ anxieties.

    Students at Kendallvue Elementary School, near West Quincy Avenue and C-470 in Morrison, made the red-carpet walk into class Monday surrounded by their parents and teachers, who cheered them on as if they were celebrities arriving for a Hollywood premiere.

  • Canines cool off, cavort at pool party

    Even man’s best friend deserves a refreshing dip in the pool during the dog days of summer.

    Foothills Park and Recreation’s Deer Creek Pool near South Garrison Street and West Chatfield Avenue closed its season Sunday by letting the canines take over for the last two hours of the day. Dozens of dogs and their human companions took to the water for some fetching fun.

  • Schools ready for changes in 2015-16 lesson plans changes

    As Jeffco students head back to school this week, shifting district- and state-level policies have led to changes that will eventually find their way to the classrooms.


    Jeffco students will spend less time taking standardized tests this school year after Colorado lawmakers voted in the spring to streamline some exams.

    House Bill 1323 reduces testing time for Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams, which were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

  • Nine West Metro firefighters battling California blazes

    Nine firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue are in California as part of a national effort to battle several massive wildfires in that state.

    The firefighters have been in California for about two weeks and are stationed at several major wildfires. The group includes a five-man strike team and a fire engine from West Metro Fire Station 9, located at C-470 and Morrison Road, that are working the Mad River Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding.

  • County observes National Breastfeeding Month

    Jefferson County is observing National Breastfeeding Month in August by making sure working mothers know their rights and that employers know what steps they should take to accommodate their employees.

    On Aug. 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of breastfeeding; the rights of new mothers who are back at work; and the benefits to businesses that accommodate new mothers.

  • Littleton Fire Rescue to take over coverage of TrailMark neighborhood

    Littleton Fire Rescue will take over providing fire and emergency medical services to the TrailMark at Chatfield neighborhood from the West Metro Fire District in 2016.

    TrailMark is part of Littleton and is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard southwest of Chatfield Reservoir. The area had been covered by Littleton Fire Rescue until 2013, when the city contracted with West Metro Fire for $300,000 annually to cover the neighborhood.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue seeks input from residents

    West Metro Fire Rescue is hosting a series of community meetings this month to help shape the organization’s 2016 strategic plan and to hear how residents are reacting to cuts made this year after a failed mill-levy election.

    The meetings throughout West Metro Fire’s coverage area will give the organization a chance to connect with residents outside of everyday operations, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.

  • 2015 boys soccer preview: Chargers eye new scoring threats in ‘15

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier