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Today's News

  • Teams searching for new starting QB

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge share a common apprehension as they head into the 2016 football season: replacing a starting quarterback.

    “Everybody’s trying to do it, and all of us lost good quarterbacks too,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said during the Eagles’ 17th annual 7-on-7 tournament on July 7.

  • KCLL soaks in district tourney

    AURORA ­— It’s 9:55 p.m. on a Friday night, and usually one would find Colton Gregory doing something else other than being at a baseball field.

    “Sleeping,” Colton matter-of-factly said.

    But not on July 8. Not when your team — the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors — is playing in the District 5 tournament.

  • McDondle running toward the pros

    Cameron McDondle left a lasting impression on the football field at CSU-Pueblo. 

    The 2012 Columbine High graduate, no doubt, has a special blend of power and speed to run over or break the ankle of aggressive defenders and run around them.

    He also left school with a degree in criminal justice. That career, however, is on hold until the 5-foot-7, 202-pounder finds out whether a pro football career is in the cards.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

     Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Columbine High PTSA president honored for years of service

    Since her children were kindergartners, Marnie O’Connor has taken an active role in parent-teacher associations, working to raise funds and helping with projects to support students.

    “I’ve always been someone who has been involved,” she said. “I have volunteered all the time, ran for office.”

    “You get to find out things about the school,” she added.

  • Program helps hungry kids during the summer

    For some children, the summer months seem to fly by. Between summer sports, camping, nature walks, swimming and other outdoor activities, there's always something to do. But, is there always something to eat?

    With school ending, kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches as their only stable source of food might struggle to find proper nutrition during the summer.

  • Meet A Ranger: John Queen

    Name: John Queen, also known as Jeffco Open Space's “Ranger No. 5”

    Originally from: Beaumont, Texas

    Stationed at: White Ranch Open Space Park

    How long have you been a ranger?

    “Five years.”

    What’s one thing you do as a ranger that people would be surprised by?

    “Swift-water rescue.”

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at a park?

  • Town hall meeting discusses 2016 voter issues

    Ballot initiatives to create a single-payer health care system for Colorado and to eliminate an outdated reference to slavery in the state constitution were among those discussed at a town hall meeting June 27 at the Columbine Library.

    Mary Parker, an independent candidate in state House District 22, hosted the first of four town halls, inviting activists for approved or prospective ballot initiatives, as well as any local political candidates, to speak.

  • Open Space unveils possible upgrades at Mount Falcon

    Jeffco Open Space’s proposed renovations at Mount Falcon’s west trailhead include more centralized amenities around the main parking lot area.

    At an open house Thursday night at the Indian Hills Community Center, Open Space representatives said the trailhead’s current challenges include the lower parking lot, which requires visitors to walk up the road to the trailhead; a kiosk that is not centrally located; an outdated restroom; and excessive after-hours use.