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Today's News

  • Jeffco students’ TCAP scores improve

    Jeffco Public Schools continue to outperform the state in reading, math and science based on last year’s TCAP scores, which were released by the Colorado Department of Education last Thursday.

    “In math, we saw great gains with our Jeffco eighth- and ninth-graders, who gained three to four points in proficiency last year,” Jeffco chief academic officer Syna Morgan said in a news release. “Jeffco continued to outpace the state on the Colorado ACT scores … from 21.2 in 2013 to 21.5 in 2014.”

  • 2014 boys soccer capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Brock Blume
    Assistant coaches: Chris Olson, Billy Presson, David Palik
    Classification: 5A Jeffco
    2013 record: 12-4-1, 6-1-1 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Ben Overholt, Sr., Striker; Jamey McGrath, Sr., Midfielder; Jared Reiss, Sr., Midfielder
    Season opener: Aug. 28, at ThunderRidge, 4:30 p.m.

  • Lions’ Robb bounces back

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — Motivation matters in a sport’s offseason, as golfers Lenny Urbas of Evergreen and Scott Robb of Littleton can attest.

    Neither player was satisfied with his 2013 high school season and both put in the time and effort to improve for 2014. Based on the opening 4A Jeffco tournament on Aug. 13 at Foothills Golf Course, it was a fait accompli.

  • Jarecki, Lady Chargers rally to top D’Evelyn

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield returns six starters from last year’s 5A state-qualifying team. But it’s a misleading number, as four of those began the 2014 season in different positions.

    “We just lost some key positions,” coach Nicole Janssen explained of a revamped lineup for the Aug. 15 opener at D’Evelyn. “We had kids all over the place; it was really awkward for some of them.”

  • Sibling rivalry, timely shots help Tait

    BROOMFIELD — Columbine golfers Marcus and Michael Tait have a friendly sibling rivalry on the links.

    And while Michael may be a couple of years older, there’s no doubt that Marcus, a sophomore, takes pride in beating his older brother, like he did Aug. 14 at the Broadlands Golf Course.

    “Yeah, there is. We don’t like to talk about it,” Tait joked about the sibling rivalry.

  • Program helps sixth-graders with New Beginnings

    From breaking in a new locker to making new friends, the first day of middle school can be intimidating. 

    Falcon Bluffs Middle School is hoping to counter some of that anxiety with the New Beginnings program for Jeffco students entering sixth grade.

    The program is headed by drama teacher Anthony Bruno and physical education teacher Allyn Atadero. Its aim is to introduce students to middle school life before the year begins, including the dreaded challenge of opening the new locker, their biggest fear, according to Atadero. 

  • Talking turkey with 4-H kids

    The price of a frozen turkey at the neighborhood grocery store doesn't add up for 15-year-old Evan Lim of Littleton.

    It costs Lim, a 4-H participant, about $70 for each of the turkeys he’s raised from chicks and then processed — a giant jump from the supermarket price.

    “It makes you wonder what they’re feeding them,” Lim said. “It’s really important for my family to know where our food comes from.”

  • Council eyes prohibition on eminent domain, condemnation

    The Littleton City Council could soon vote on whether to eliminate eminent domain and condemnation as possible tools in the city’s soon-to-be finished urban development plan. 

    The council, on a 6-0 vote, asked city staff to create a statement saying the city would not use eminent domain and condemnation as part of Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. The request included a statement that property owners who seek condemnation could still do so. 

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • Staunton offers variety of programs in August

    Staunton State Park is known for its beautiful views, rock climbing and scenic hikes, but park organizers are offering free programs in August for visitors to explore lesser-known parts of Colorado’s newest state park.

    “There’s so much more in the park than people realize,” said Annie Thran, seasonal park ranger. “We have amazing rocks, waterfalls, fishing ponds; it’s just an amazing park.”