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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Columbine picks up first win in double overtime thriller
    LAKEWOOD — Mikey Griebel’s 2-yard TD run and Jake Lowry’s 2-point conversion in the second overtime helped Columbine avoid major meltdown and escape with a 43-42 win over Bear Creek on Sept. 12 at Jeffco Stadium.

    The Rebels led 28-7 early in the fourth quarter before Bear Creek scored 21 consecutive points in the span of 4 minutes, 7 seconds to send the game to overtime.

  • Frosh Hicken propels Eagles

    Taylor Hicken may only be a freshman but already she’s proving to be a spark plug for the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles’ volleyball team.

    “I kind of knew at open gym that we were getting a good hitter in her, but the team didn’t know. When I brought her to the first team camp, it definitely ignited a spark in our team to have a middle that is so dominant and able to adjust so quickly and so well,” Dakota Ridge head coach Nikki Kneuer said. “It picked everybody up. It picked me up as a coach to see that on our team.”

  • Chargers topple Lakewood in double OT

    LAKEWOOD — Lakewood running back/linebacker Chase Braun crouched down at the 4 yard line as Chatfield players ran onto the field in jubilation. Whether or not he was the intended target for a game-winning fake extra point was a moot point. 

    All that was certain was that the Chargers took a victory from the jaws of defeat against the ninth-ranked Tigers on Sept. 12 at Jeffco Stadium.

    And in the most dramatic of fashions at that.

  • Cobb exceeds expectations at Liberty Bell

    Ask Columbine sophomore Noelle Cobb why she was able to run the way that she did at the 2014 Liberty Bell, and the answer is a simple one.

    “I’m in much better shape,” the petite Columbine sophomore said after she finished eighth in the Division 2 girls race in a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds.

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • Bacon is life — or a slice of it, anyhow

    Some like it crisp and others prefer their pig more pliable, but in the spirit of bringing home the bacon, downtown Littleton put pork on parade Saturday.

    “Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s delicious,” said Aaron Ehrhardt of Littleton.

    Ehrhardt and his wife, Tyleen, made the short walk to join hundreds celebrating side meat at the Alferd Packer Bacon Party. The event featured live music, drinks and several food trucks that served up the guest of honor.

  • Mortensen Elementary turns 20

    By Stephanie Alderton

    Staff Writer

    Twenty years ago, the gym at Mortensen Elementary had pink walls before the school's first students came through the doors.

    Last Thursday afternoon it echoed with the voices of more than 400 students, staff and guests wishing happy birthday to the school. And the walls were a less-eye-popping gray.

  • Summerset making a comeback

    A year after torrential rains washed out the Summerset Festival for the first time in its 30-year history, organizers are putting the final touches on this year’s festival while keeping an eye on the sky.

    “Literally, we got rain on our parade last year. It was devastating for everyone's morale,” said Lora Knowlton, executive director of the Foothills Foundation, the organization that puts on the event. “Now everyone is excited and on task to finish setting up for the festival.”

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.