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Today's News

  • Special Olympics skier reports for Channel 7 News

    Special Olympics skier Hanna Atkinson is attaining local celebrity status with recent appearances on the Channel 7 News.

    “A lot of people come up to me and say, ‘Are you the famous Hanna on TV?’ ” she said.

    For the past few weeks, Atkinson has been reporting on other Special Olympics athletes during five-minute segments aired on Saturday mornings.

    “It’s awesome,” she said, flashing a big smile. “It’s really cool to get the chance to do that.”

  • ‘Tired of giving in’

    “The word has been spread that Rosa Parks was a little old tired woman. I was tired, but my feet did not come into it. … The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

    Actress Becky Stone spoke these heartfelt words in her portrayal of the civil rights icon at Arapahoe Community College on Feb. 23.

    Presenting a perspective of Parks in her later years, Stone enacted the story of the woman’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., in a time when black people deferred to white bus riders.

  • Foothills board approves memorial bench with biblical inscriptions

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has approved a memorial plaque for a park bench that will include two verses of biblical scripture. Resident Laurie Norton, who is donating the bench that will be placed at Clement Park, added the verses to her original request.

    At the Feb. 23 board meeting, park district attorney Paul Rufien advised board members that the district cannot take any action that endorses religion. However, there is an exception for an individualized remembrance such as the one Norton requested, he said.

  • Coyote activity increases with breeding season

    A large coyote was seen crossing the aptly named Coyote Song Trail at South Valley Park last week. A group of coyotes recently followed a man walking in Clement Park, where coyotes also approached a woman walking with an unleashed dog, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office report.

    Coyote sightings also have been reported on residential properties in the Columbine area and on the Meadows Golf Course in recent weeks.

  • Monarch puts Dakota Ridge’s season on ice

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    SUPERIOR — Dakota Ridge hockey coach Alec Hines has known all season that the Eagles’ road to the state championship would have to go through Monarch. 

  • D’Evelyn ends first season under Zinn

    LONGMONT — The first chapter in the new book of D’Evelyn boys basketball program came to a close Feb. 27.

    The Jaguars lost 66-44 to No. 1 seed Longmont on the Trojans’ home court in a Class 4A state tournament Sweet 16 game to bring the season to an end for D’Evelyn (15-10 record).

  • Journey leads to Sweet 16

    LITTLETON — One question will never be answered: How good would Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team be if Diane Thompson stepped in as head coach a few years ago?

     “Better late than never,” Dakota Ridge senior Becky Holley said having Thompson become the fourth varsity coach for the current group of seniors. “We have an amazing coach. She has helped us improve more than we have the past two years. We’re having a great final run with the best coach we could have.”

  • Jags are overtime magicians

    LONGMONT — If only games went into overtime every time for D’Evelyn’s girls basketball team, the Jaguars could be undefeated.

  • Eagles survive furious rally

    By Brian Miller — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Even after misfiring on his first nine attempts of the game, Dakota Ridge’s Tyler McFarland never lost confidence.

  • Chargers surge late to beat Aurora Central

    LITTLETON — While early 3-pointers ripping through the nylon nets brought Chatfield’s student section into a frenzy, it was four shots at the rim that gave the Charger faithful something to really cheer about in the end on Feb. 27.

    Baskets in the paint by Chatfield’s Titus Reed, Josh Frenette, Riley Welch and Cameron Pearson in the final minutes allowed the Class 5A Jeffco League champions to escape with a 78-71 second-round state playoff victory against Aurora Central.