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Today's News

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”

  • The right stuff

    A group of military veterans who had geared up in South Jeffco spent last week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.

    The dozen veterans from across the country were at the Sports Authority at Bowles Crossing on March 10 to load up on everything from wool socks to ski goggles before making the trip up the mountain to participate in numerous winter sports.

  • Judge approves supervised trips for Deer Creek gunman

    Bruco Eastwood, the gunman who shot two students at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010, will be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for limited supervised trips after a judge’s ruling last week.

    The request was made by doctors at the state hospital as part of Eastwood’s treatment for schizophrenia. The trips would occur once or twice a week with other patients from the hospital and under the supervision of medical staff.

  • School district, teachers open talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union waded into collective bargaining last week, and while pledges of cooperation remain in the air, some friction around compensation has already made an early appearance.

    The union’s entire contract is on the table this year, and the district and the union spent most of their first two sessions laying out each side’s specific interests and defining logistics for how bargaining sessions would be structured. Negotiations could run through May.

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to open this summer

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.

  • Littleton to end use of red-light cameras

    Littleton will pull the plug on red-light cameras later this year.

    The City Council voted unanimously March 3 to end the program when the current contract between the city and American Traffic Solutions ends on July 31.

    The program began in 2009 at West Littleton Boulevard and South Broadway and expanded to four other intersections: South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, South Santa Fe and West Bowles Avenue, South Broadway and West Mineral Avenue, and South Platte Canyon Road/South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER 
    Rocky Mountain rallies to stun top-ranked Columbine
    Madison Williams scored two goals and Rocky Mountain rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to upset top-ranked and defending 5A state champion Columbine, 3-2, on March 14 at Columbine High School.

    Morgan Abbitt also scored for Rocky Mountain.

    The Lady Rebels (2-1) got first-half goals from Skylar Alward and Tatum Barton. Kelcey Cavarra assisted on both goals.

  • Seasoned Huskies turn the tables on rebuilding Falcons

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Here’s a recommendation: Front Range Christian-Platte Canyon III in 2016, a baseball rubber game that would feature a more level playing field.

  • Regis rallies, tops Chargers in top-10 clash

    AURORA — Between innings, first-year Chatfield Senior baseball coach Paul Grubesic joked with Regis Jesuit head coach Matt Darr that it was too early in the season to be playing games like this. 

    He was referring to a top-10 showdown between 5A schools that saw infallible starting pitching early and see-saw hitting late.