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Today's News

  • Students take anti-obesity campaign to county commissioners

    A group of Columbine High students saw government in action when they took proposals for fighting childhood obesity to the county commissioners.

    The presentations were part of a class project by the school’s freshman government section. Five groups of four students each, selected from about 120 students total, pitched their action plans May 13 for battling childhood obesity and inactivity.

    The groups suggested everything from social media to outdoor concerts to scavenger hunts as ways of getting kids outside and active.  

  • Bowles Crossing property rezoned for residential

    Bowles Crossing Shopping Center has been rezoned to allow for a redevelopment that could include more buildings and residential apartments.

    The mall’s owner, PERA Bowles Inc., requested the 53.9-acre property be rezoned to allow for more stores and for mixed uses, which could include apartments. 

    Only six buildings had been allowed previous to the rezoning, which was approved unanimously by the Jeffco Planning Commission on April 23 and then the county commissioners on their May 13 consent agenda. 

  • SRC center moves to new location

    The Seniors’ Resource Center moved into its temporary new home last week in South Jeffco in the Westridge Square Shopping Center at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. 

    The SRC relocated its southwest branch from Southwest Plaza as the mall undergoes renovations, said SRC president John Zabawa. He said the center will return to Southwest Plaza once renovations to the mall are complete, in about 18 months. 

  • Teachers OK initial agreement with district

    Members of the teachers union have overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement reached May 8 with the school district’s bargaining team, but teachers voted on a version of the pact that did not include a later addition from the district.

    Just hours after bargaining teams reached the original agreement, the district added the stipulation that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp at Dakota Ridge from June 2-July 2

    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a speed and agility camp June 2-July 2.
    The camp will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and is open to incoming 2nd-8th graders. Cost is $85, which includes camp T-shirt.
    For more information and to print out a registration form, go to https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/.
    If you have any questions, contact head football coach Ron Woitalewicz at rwoitale@jeffco.k12.co.us.

  • Chargers sophomore Garcia takes fifth in the state in the 100 butterfly

    THORNTON — The Kentucky Derby might be the fastest two minutes in sports, but it has nothing on swimming. If you blink you’ll miss the 50-yard freestyle, which lasts for only about 20 seconds.
    During the boys’ 5A state swimming championships May 17 at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, Chatfield sophomore Santana Garcia swam a lightening 50 free with a time of 21.38, landing him in ninth place. Douglas County senior J.P. Beach took first with a time of 20.30. Just one second was the difference between first and ninth.

  • Regis Jesuit’s pitching depth too much for Chatfield

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    DENVER — Pitching depth often is a deciding factor in the first weekend of the 5A state baseball championship series, where it’s not uncommon to play three games in two days. Just ask Chatfield, which, in essence, sent a co-No. 1 starter against Mountain Vista’s ace in the second game for both teams and its closer making his first start against Regis Jesuit’s No. 2 in an elimination situation.

  • Kadets control semifinal from start

    DENVER — Allie Sale and Rachael Walker shared a long embrace as tears trickled down their cheeks. Just minutes earlier, the Chatfield Lady Chargers’ unblemished 2014 girls lacrosse season came to a surprising end and the team fell to Air Academy 22-8 in the state semifinals at DU’s Barton Stadium on May 17.

  • Lady Rebels advance to 5A state finals

    ENGLEWOOD — Maybe this is Columbine’s time.
    Five times the Lady Rebels have played for a 5A girls soccer state championship and five times they’ve come up empty. Will No. 6 be the one?
    Columbine earned the right to find out after Kelcey Cavarra and Amanda Porter scored in the game’s opening 22 minutes as the eighth-seeded Lady Rebels knocked off defending champion Mountain Vista 2-0 in the state semifinals May 17 at Englewood High School.