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Today's News

  • Female athlete of the year: Averly Hobbs, Chatfield

    Averly Hobbs was a gymnast before she made the transition to diving. After all, she already knew how to flip. The hard part, as she puts it, was learning to land on her head — in the water, that is.
    Once the Chatfield High School diver figured that out, the sport came naturally to Hobbs, who has been named the 2014-15 Columbine Courier Female Athlete of the Year.
    She was a four-time top-four finisher at the 5A state championships, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase. 

  • Spring sports all-conference teams

    The following are all-conference selections for the 2015 spring sports season:

    GIRLS GOLF
    5A JEFFCO LEAGUE
    FIRST TEAM

    Gillian Vance, Dakota Ridge; Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley; Jordan Remley, Ralston Valley; Ali Peper, Arvada West; Zarena Brown, Pomona; Sydney Prey, Ralston Valley; Miranda Schiffbauer, Arvada West
    SECOND TEAM

  • Change in coaches, culture jump-starts turnaround

    DENVER — When Matt Johnson took over as Chatfield’s varsity baseball coach in early April, the Chargers were 1-7 — all under first-year head coach Paul Grubesic.
    But after a loss to ThunderRidge, the Chargers rolled off 13 wins in the next 17 games. The result was not only the school’s first 5A Jeffco League championship since 1990, but a District 4 title and a berth in the state finals.

  • Chargers had a flair for the dramatic

    DENVER — It would’ve been easy for the Chatfield Chargers to hang up their cleats, put their bats and gloves away, and continue to let the season slip away.
    After all, in the midst of a 1-8 start to the 2015 season and having undergone a midseason coaching change, it was going to be a steep, uphill climb — if that ­ to get back up.

  • Hundreds rally in support of Jeffco teachers

    Speakers at a rally Friday organized by the teachers union raised the specter of a strike as contract negotiations continue between the Jeffco Education Association and the school district.

    Attendees at the “Rally to Take Back Our Schools” filled the hillside around the amphitheater at Clement Park in South Jeffco, and JCEA spokespeople estimated that between 1,000 and 2,500 people attended. A cloudburst dampened the event, but most stuck it out, huddling under umbrellas and intermittently chanting such slogans as “Stand up for kids!”

  • Volunteers flock to Ken-Caryl to work on Veterans Monument

    Volunteers from across the country were in South Jeffco last week to help with the next phase of construction for the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch.

    The monument, which is being installed at the southeast corner of Crestone Mountain Drive and Sangre de Cristo Road just north of Shaffer Elementary School, is being built by a group of veterans and volunteers.

  • Commissioners still not high on sales of recreational pot

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are showing little enthusiasm for allowing sales of recreational marijuana, but they’ve asked for information on having the county host related businesses.

    At a meeting May 29, the commissioners asked for information on regulating marijuana testing facilities, grow operations and the manufacture of marijuana products.

  • Share the Trail event promotes safety, co-existence

    Littleton residents who celebrated Saturday’s warm, sunny weather with a morning bike ride at Hudson Gardens got free water and safety advice along the way.

  • Future of prairie dogs at site of BMX track looks dim

    A plan to move a colony of prairie dogs from the site of a future BMX park at the Schaefer Athletic Complex appeared likely to fail due to a lack of space and the potential costs.

    The 45 prairie dogs must be moved or exterminated to make room for the BMX bicycle track being built by Mile High BMX. A plan proposed by the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, a group of volunteers unassociated with the Foothills Park and Recreation District, would relocate the rodents south of the track on about 1.8 acres.