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Today's News

  • Board ponders next step in teacher talks

    The Jeffco school board will meet in executive session Thursday night to discuss the next steps in contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association, Jeffco’s teachers union.

    At an April 10 special meeting, the school board asked the JCEA to provide a written statement saying what would bring the teachers union back to the bargaining table.

  • Renewal on the Rocks

    The long line of brake lights that snaked around Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the predawn darkness of Easter Sunday told the story for Shawna Moench.

    “The fellowship here and seeing how many people came to worship God like this is amazing,” Moench said. “Seeing this many people is great. You think sometimes as a Christian that the faith is waning. But then you see a line of cars all the way to 470 and Morrison. Our faith is strong. It resurrected my faith.”

  • GOP candidates for state Senate blast Kerr

    The two candidates vying in the Republican primary in state Senate District 22 both say the incumbent is out of touch with voters. 

    Tony Sanchez and Mario Nicolais are running for the chance to face Democratic state Sen. Andy Kerr in November’s election. 

    Sanchez, a manager for nonprofits, received 59.8 percent of the delegate votes at the GOP county assembly on March 22. He said that for Republicans to prevail in the general election, the party needs to offer a clear alternative to Kerr. 

  • Assailant fought off by teen sentenced

    A man convicted of a violent attack and attempted sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in South Jeffco last year has been sentenced to 24 years in prison. 

    Xavier McDaniel, 22, was convicted of three felony charges by a jury on Feb. 20. The attack last April left the victim hospitalized for several days with a subdural hematoma, lacerations, bruising and a broken tooth. 

  • Parker running again for state House

    South Jeffco resident Mary Parker says the experience gained in 2012 in her first political campaign has made her a better candidate this time around.  

    Parker is the Democratic candidate in state House District 22, the same seat she sought in 2012 against the current incumbent, state Rep. Justin Everett. 

    In 2012, Parker lost by about 4,000 votes, or 9 percentage points, to Everett, who is facing a GOP primary challenge this year from Loren Bauman. 

  • ‘Skills area’ planned for mountain bikes at Apex Open Space

    Plans for upgrades at Apex Open Space Park in Golden include a mountain bike “skills area” in a currently unused space near the parking lot and the trailhead.

  • Webcam shows parking availability at Mount Falcon

    Hikers and bikers headed to Mount Falcon Park now can check online to see how many cars are in the parking lot.

    A webcam installed by Jeffco Open Space workers shows panorama shots of the often-full parking lot, updated every two seconds. The webcam is in “beta” testing at: http://jeffco.us/parks/mount-falcon-park-webcam.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS TENNIS
    Chatfield edges Ralston Valley, closes in on 5A Jeffco title

    Jia Wiebe rallied in the third set for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Kelsey Maas at No. 3 singles as host Chatfield edged Ralston Valley 4-3 to remain undefeated in the 5A Jeffco League on April 17.
    The win set up a showdown with Lakewood on April 21 to all but determine the 2014 conference title. A Chatfield win would lock up a Lady Chargers championship. Results from that match weren’t available at press time.

  • Dakota Ridge knocking on playoff door, tops Littleton

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    DENVER — Dakota Ridge’s second-year lacrosse program didn’t accomplish one of its primary goals this season: beating rivals Columbine and/or Chatfield. But after a 14-4 win over Littleton in the Littleton Cup on April 19 at the University of Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium, a berth in the 16-team 5A playoffs remained a solid possibility, even a likelihood.

  • Gleeful Garcia lights up the pool in the 50 freestyle

    ARVADA — Santana Garcia came out of the pool with his ever-present gleeful smile. He had a good reason to be so chipper. The Chatfield Senior High sophomore blitzed the field in the 50-yard freestyle.
    “It felt powerful. baby. I felt great. My turn was a little slow, but besides that, it was a great race,” Garcia said moments after posting a winning time of 22.02 seconds at the 2014 Jeffco Invite at the George J. Meyers Swimming Center.