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Today's News

  • Jeffco public schools hire new chief academic offer

    Syna Morgan has been hired as Jeffco Public Schools’ chief academic officer.

    The 24-year education veteran served as Douglas County Schools’ chief system performance officer since 2010. Before that, she was a director with the Colorado Department of Education.

  • Downhill marathon will traverse Jeffco

     Close to 1,000 people have registered to run the first Revel Rockies half-marathon/marathon on Aug. 17 — a downhill course from Squaw Pass Road east past Red Rocks to Bandimere Speedway.

    Downhill courses are growing in popularity as runners realize they can log “personal best” race times and enjoy great scenery along the way, said Anna Ryan, race director. Revel Rockies also is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, Ryan said. It currently costs $104.99 to register for the Revel Rockies marathon and $84.99 for the half-marathon.

  • Inter-Canyon board scraps Youth Patrol

     Inter-Canyon Fire's Board of Directors voted unanimously July 17 to end the district’s Youth Patrol program because of concerns over inadequate supervision and insurance coverage in the event of an injury.

    “These kids are put at risk, and we have no … way of supervising them (properly),” said Karl Firor, Inter-Canyon board treasurer.

  • Columbine finishes 2014 ranked 12th nationally

    The Columbine Lady Rebels, on the heels of winning the school’s first 5A state girls soccer championship, finished the 2014 season ranked 12th nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

  • KCLL 9-10 team’s rally comes up short

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    After rolling to a 10-run victory in its District 5 Little League opener, the Ken-Caryl 9-10 team dug itself deep holes in the next two games. The first resulted in a 13-1 loss to Cherry Creek. The second almost produced a comeback victory, but ended in a tournament-ending defeat.

  • Johnson continues Bandimere dominance

    MORRISON — Allen Johnson is still the king of the mountain.

    The 35th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals ended just like the previous two and five others since 2007 — with a Johnson victory in the Pro Stock division. The Greeneville, Tenn., driver toppled teammate Jed Coughlin Jr. in the rain-delayed final July 20 at Bandimere Speedway after Coughlin red-lighted the start. Even if Coughlin hadn’t red-lighted, it would’ve been a tough task to beat Johnson in what has become his race to lose.

  • Drag racer making a name for himself

    MORRISON — Kevin Moore’s 1934 Super Gas Chevrolet is emblazoned with national event stickers. The 44-year-old Littleton resident might be a local, but he has carved out a national reputation since starting a Super Gas racing career in 1991.

    Rows and rows of stickers adorn his race car. Some have been covered by newer ones as he runs out of room. But that’s just a sign of how successful Moore has been on the drag racing circuit, which included a stop at this year’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway from July 18-20.

  • Wunderbar! Biergarten Festival in Morrison draws enthusiastic crowds

    The mountain air in Morrision last weekend was full of the sounds of polka, the clanking of beer steins and the smell of fresh-made bratwurst.

    Denver’s Biergarten Festival, sponsored by the Colorado chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce, brought the feel of a Munich Biergarten to the foothills as a way to help celebrate German culture, said chamber President Fred Beisser. The chamber’s goal is to promote business and cultural ties between Colorado and Germany.

  • Jeffco failed to properly post annexation meeting where Tighe, Rosier spoke

    Two of Jeffco’s county commissioners violated the state’s Open Meetings Law last week when they discussed public business at a gathering that had not been posted in advance as a meeting of the commission.

    The violation is the latest in a longstanding legacy in Jeffco government. In settling a lawsuit filed by the Courier in 2007, the county acknowledged open-meetings abuses and pledged not to break the law again. Two years later, two commissioners did just that by discussing public business via e-mail.

  • Questions remain about proposed mall annexation

    Residents looking for details on a proposed annexation of Southwest Plaza Mall by Bow Mar left a town hall meeting with Commissioner Casey Tighe on July 10 with more questions than answers.

    Tighe said he called the meeting as a way to gauge the public’s interest and get input on the proposed annexation. Yet county and Bow Mar officials didn’t have details people were seeking.