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Today's News

  • Jeffco school board votes to seek testing waiver

    The Jeffco school board voted to request a waiver that would let the district opt out of some state standardized testing, in a move that some board members said is premature.

    The Jeffco vote came Jan. 15, just a week after the State Board of Education approved a measure that allows districts to request waivers from exams developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

  • Gift store salutes family, the military

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    Nestled in a character-centric home on West Alamo Avenue in downtown Littleton is Buttercup Junction: a country store where the owners care mostly about two things—family and the military.

    “We’re very big on family,” said Michelle Sanchez, who owns the store with her mother, Peggy Maple. “We’ve acquired a tight-knit customer base that feels like family.”

  • Cemetery working to get Mount Lindo cross back in lights

    The company that owns Mount Lindo Cemetery off U.S. 285 hopes to have its giant cross shining without interruption by the fall.

    The lights on the 400-foot-high cross have been off intermittently since September due to weather, age and, oddly, bullets, said Gill Giddens, general manager of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

    “There’s been lightning strikes up there, just normal weather issues, blizzards and everything else,” Giddens said.

  • Legislators hope to rename road for late sheriff’s sergeant

    A group of legislators is proposing to rename a section of Colorado 93 in honor of Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. David Baldwin, who died Jan. 26, 2014, when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle.

    A bipartisan joint resolution by state Rep. Jon Keyser and co-sponsored by Rep. Jessie Danielson and state Sen. Cheri Jahn would rename the highway from mile marker zero to Colorado 72 the “JCSO Sergeant David M. Baldwin Memorial Highway.” Baldwin was on duty at the time of the accident.

  • Commissioners OK rezoning for self-storage center

    A zoning change to allow construction of a self-storage center on West Belleview Avenue just west of South Simms Street was approved Jan. 27 by Jeffco’s county commissioners.

    Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier voted to add a storage center to allowable uses for the 2.56-acre property under planned development zoning. The plan for the property, which is just west of a Comfort Dental and Walgreens, is for a 50,000-square-foot center with 460 storage units.

  • Jeffco’s newest commissioner takes office

    Jeffco once again has three county commissioners.

    Former Republican state representative Libby Szabo was sworn in Jan. 30 as the newest commissioner. Szabo will serve the final two years of the term of Faye Griffin, who resigned after she was elected clerk and recorder in November.

  • Kisiel, Lady Cougars sweep host Littleton

    History repeated itself for the Evergreen Lady Cougars’ basketball team as they bested the Littleton Lions, 52-43, on Jan. 31 at the Lions Den, giving them their second win against the Lady Lions this season.

    “Every time we come (to Littleton) we expect to play a scrappy game,” said Evergreen girls basketball head coach Amy Bahl. “But we always manage to pull out the win.”

  • Littleton falters late vs. Cougars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Injuries and illness have made for a trying season for Evergreen’s boys basketball team, especially in 4A Jeffco League play. But somehow the Cougars head into the next-to-last week of the regular season on a two-game-winning streak, though, par for the course, it wasn’t easy.

  • Quick-striking Eagles push through vs. Rebels

    Nine seconds. That’s all the time that it took for the Dakota Ridge Eagles to spoil Senior Night for Columbine.

    First-period goals from Tony Carpenito and Graehm Konsella — the first off a turnover and the second just 4 seconds after a Columbine penalty — ignited sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to a 7-2 victory over 10th-ranked Columbine on Jan. 31 at The Edge Ice Arena.

  • ‘Unwillingness to give up’

    Brogan Wallin remembers the play vividly. The then-Dakota Ridge junior, playing for her Front Range Volleyball Club team at the Colorado Crossroads national qualifier tournament in Denver, went up for a tight pass to pull the ball back to her team’s side. She came down awkwardly on her right leg, her ACL shattered.