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Today's News

  • School board candidate brings teacher’s perspective

    Jeffco parent Amanda Stevens, a former teacher and now a candidate for the school board, says she would bring a dedication to excellence, transparency and cooperation to the deeply divided board.

    The Lakewood resident announced last month that she is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in District 4, which includes areas in South Jeffco. Stevens is the lone candidate so far; the election is Nov. 3.

  • Auditor gives Jeffco school district favorable report card

    Jeffco Public Schools met all five financial benchmarks examined in an analysis by the state auditor, according to a report released June 2.

    The Fiscal Health Analysis of Colorado School Districts looked at districts’ ratio of assets to liabilities; levels of debt service; ratio of general funds to general fund expenditures; general fund operating margin; and general fund operating margin over time. Some 40 percent of the state’s school districts fell short in at least one category.

  • Littleton council amends construction-defects ordinance

    The Littleton City Council amended its new construction-defects ordinance June 2 to allow for a cash-settlement option between homeowners and builders as an alternative to pursuing repairs.

    The original ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Littleton council retains limit on sidewalk displays

    The Littleton City Council has decided not to expand the number of days each month that downtown merchants can have sidewalk displays.

    The council voted 4-2 on June 2 to retain the current policy, which limits displays to three days each month and requires a city permit. Councilman Bruce Beckman was absent at the meeting.

    The current ordinance, which was approved by the council in May 2014, has met opposition from downtown merchants. The latest proposed changes would have allowed sidewalk displays 365 days a year while still requiring a permit.

  • Co-coaches of the year: Alec Hines & Curi Yutzy, Dakota Ridge

    Alec Hines and Curi Yutzy can relate on the importance of taking a team approach. Dakota Ridge’s ice hockey and boys basketball coaches lived by that mantra during the 2014-15 season.

  • Male athlete of the year: Noah McGhee, Littleton

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Noah McGhee almost quit football and considered leaving Littleton High School in the fall of 2013. And it wasn’t until last winter that he fully dedicated himself to track and field.

  • 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.