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Today's News

  • Improved website makes Jeffco parks information easier to access

    An enhanced website for Jeffco Open Space provides easier access to information about county parks and trails.

    Clicking on new drop-down boxes on the Jeffco Parks and Trails page brings users to a comprehensive list of parks and amenities they offer, as well as photos.

    “We’ve got more photographs and have added a horizontal navigational tool,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

    The Web page also has information about activities and events at parks, trail rating guides and alerts about closures.

  • Charter schools seeing enrollment growth

    Jeffco’s charter schools saw significantly greater enrollment growth than district-managed schools in the last year, and advocates say that greater availability of choice, high academic expectations and options for home-schoolers are responsible.

  • 2014 a good year for economic development

    Jefferson County is thriving in terms of its economic vitality, said Doug Bene, executive vice president of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp.

    In 2014, 2,213 jobs were retained and created in Jeffco, and new capital investments totaled $488 million, he said during a recent presentation to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee. Other good news is that the unemployment rate in Jeffco has dropped to 4.4 percent.

  • Buchli, Lady Eagles stave off Columbine

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Coming out of a timeout shortly after Columbine had taken just its second lead of the game with 6 minutes, 22 seconds left on its first basket by someone other than Bridget Snow and Carly Perry, Dakota Ridge girls basketball coach Rich Gavelda issued two specific directives.

    First: Shoot the basketball, which Sydney Buchli did. Second: Try to get Snow, who had riddled Dakota Ridge for 19 points but had three fouls, on the bench.

  • Resilient Eagles keep rolling, stay undefeated

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Call it the Dirty Dozen.

    Dakota Ridge, No. 3 in last week’s CHSAA 5A boys basketball poll, ran its record to 12-0 with a 50-45 victory at Columbine on Jan. 14.

    “Pretty typical for our games,” head coach Curi Yutzy said after his Eagles improved to 3-0 in 5A Jeffco play. “It was far from pretty, but we had enough guys step up and make just enough plays. Our guys are resilient. That’s not the first game we’ve been in like this.”

  • BUILDING BLOCKS

    Standing in his purple and gold warmup suit, there’s a sense of pride for 126-pounder Poe Di and his Littleton High School wrestling teammates. After all, five years ago, there was no such program. None. Zilch. Wrestling was non-existent over at 199 E. Littleton Blvd.

    Sitting dormant for two decades, Littleton High didn’t have a wrestling team. The mats — some 16 or so of them — sat idle in the school’s gymnasium. Nowadays, although there are still growing pains, the Lions are back on the mat.

  • GOP legislator named to county commission

    A Jeffco GOP vacancy committee has named state Rep. Libby Szabo to take over the remainder of the term of former county commissioner Faye Griffin. 

    Szabo was elected in November to a third term in House District 27, which includes western Arvada, and served as assistant minority leader for the House Republicans.   

  • Petition signed by 6,500 seeks resignation of school board majority

    A petition signed by 6,554 Jeffco residents calling for school board President Ken Witt and board members John Newkirk and Julie Williams to resign caused a stir at the board’s meeting on Thursday evening.

    Jeffco parent and petition organizer Molly Snyder told board members she is not affiliated with the teachers union, the Jefferson County Education Association. 

  • Two members resign from urban renewal board

    The board of Littleton’s urban renewal authority is searching for two new members. 

    Jim Taylor, chairman of the board for Littleton Invests For Tomorrow and a former City Council member, announced his resignation at the end of the LIFT board’s Jan. 8 meeting. Board member Dale Flowers also announced his resignation Jan. 8, because he had moved outside Littleton about a year ago. 

  • Pet owners warned about coyote attacks

    South Jeffco residents are being warned not to leave their pets alone, even in a fenced-in area, after coyotes killed three area dogs since the first of the year.

    Carla Zinanti, the sheriff’s animal control manager, said the increase in attacks has been centered near South Kipling Street and West Belleview Avenue, and also near Lilley Gulch Park. Zinanti said seven dogs had been attacked since Jan. 1, with three of them killed.