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Today's News

  • Columbine runner-up in tournament

    LITTLETON — Columbine’s girls basketball team is giving back to the community while winning some games along the way.

    The Rebels hosted the 2nd annual Rebel with a Cause Tournament during the opening week of the prep hoops season. The tournament encouraged teams and fans to bring new or gently used toys for a toy drive to benefit City Square, a local organization in Denver that provides for low-income and homeless families.

  • Thompson brings title experience to Eagles

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge’s new girls basketball coach knows more than a little bit about success at the high school level.

    Diane (Dittburner) Thompson graduated from Lamar High School in 1998, where she helped lead Lamar to four straight Class 4A girls basketball state championships from 1995 to 1998. She went on to earn All-American honors at the collegiate level. Thompson played two years at the University of Northern Colorado before transferring to Cal State University Bakersfield.

  • Waterfall format will be a drain

    Goodbye, Class 5A Jeffco football league. Hello, Conference G?

    The Colorado High School Activities Association will make a bold and dramatic change to the current 5A football system for the next two-year (2016-17 and 2017-18) cycle. Welcome to the world of the waterfall format.

  • Dakota Ridge’s new duo put Rebels on ice

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Prior to his team’s 2015-16 season-opener against rival Columbine, Dakota Ridge hockey coach Alec Hines said seniors Matteo Glennon and Bradley Huggins “came out of nowhere’’ to earn starting positions along the Eagles’ new front line.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • A do and a don’t for the holiday season

    As we enter the holiday season, I’m thinking about a big do and a big don’t.

    The big do is Colorado Gives Day. In its five-year history, Colorado Gives has become the preferred way of making end-of-year charitable gifts for many people in our state. An initiative of the Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day is an easy way to make contributions to more than 1,800 of our state’s nonprofit organizations.

  • Santa b-r-r-rings the holiday spirit to Littleton

    Santa stopped in Littleton last week and brought arctic weather with him.

    The holiday season kicked off Friday as St. Nick, along with a collection of singing and dancing elves, made his way down Main Street downtown for the city’s Candlelight Walk.

    Hundreds packed the closed street to welcome Santa and watch as more than a million Christmas lights adorning the trees downtown winked on. It was a picture-perfect winter scene — with the temperature in the teens.

  • Snow Squad needs volunteers to shovel seniors’ sidewalks

    Littleton needs volunteers for its Snow Squad, which shovels the white stuff for low-income senior citizens and those who cannot physically perform the task.

    The program, run through the city’s Aging Well Resource Center, is always on the lookout for volunteers to shovel sidewalks at clients’ homes, said Kay Wilmesher, community program manager for the center and administrator of the program.

  • Case closed: Commissioner Rosier’s open-meetings objection off track

    A drawn-out drama involving a proposal to add striped bicycle lanes on certain roads veered into strange territory last week when County Commissioner Don Rosier accused fellow Commissioner Casey Tighe of violating the state’s Open Meetings Law by talking to a reporter.

    At a meeting Nov. 24, Rosier said Tighe violated the sunshine law by giving an interview to a Courier reporter after the commissioners on Oct. 27 voted a third time to delay a final decision on the bike lanes.

  • A bittersweet swan song for Lola’s Sugar Rush

    After seven years at the corner of Main and Nevada streets, Lola’s Sugar Rush is set to close for good Dec. 30. And owner Lola Salazar wants the store’s final month to be one the community remembers.

    Salazar is closing the candy store to focus on running her and her husband’s charitable organization, the Salazar Foundation, and to spend time with her two grandchildren. As a way to thank the community, during December Lola’s Sugar Rush will donate 10 percent of its sales on Sundays to the nonprofit organizations supported by the foundation.