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Today's News

  • Chatfield nets sweep of rival Columbine

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Grace Koza has this Class 5A Jeffco League tennis thing down pat.

    The Chatfield junior hasn’t lost a league match at No. 1 singles since her freshman season. Coach Robert Campbell said Koza has “ascended to another level this year.”

    The same could hold true for the Chargers as a team.

  • Intruders damage home's interior while owners on vacation

    Burglars caused more than $200,000 in damage to a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court while the homeowners were on vacation between April 1 and 10, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The intruders apparently did not steal property but caused extensive water damage to the interior of the home and to personal property in it, according to the report. 

  • Board mulls budget, boost in employee pay

    Employee compensation and budgetary concerns largely dominated the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday.

    In a meeting that stretched almost to midnight, the board spent much of the time discussing how to address its top priority: increasing educator compensation in order to attract and retain talent within the school district.

  • Ending pay-for-performance not top priority for some board members

    All five members of the Jeffco school board want to return to paying teachers on a regular salary schedule and end the controversial 2014 move toward pay-for-performance made by now-recalled conservative board members.

    But some current members said April 7 that moving back to a salary grid isn’t their top priority when compared with other needs.

  • AEDs helping hearts beat the odds

    Call it a case of being in the right place at the right time — with the right training.

    In January, Doug Parce, a volunteer captain with Inter-Canyon Fire, was going through security at JFK International Airport in New York on a business trip to Europe when another passenger told a TSA agent that somebody wasn’t well.

    Parce saw the man, who was sitting on a bench where passengers put their shoes back on.

  • Two lifesaving acronyms: CPR, AED

    A half century ago in rural Pennsylvania, a woman named Clem spent her mornings immersed in the pungent smell of chlorine and the ornery noise of youngsters wakened too early.

    Part drill instructor and part den mother, Clem preached water safety with the fervor of a country minister, and over the years she taught thousands of young charges how to swim. For the older students, the ones earning their lifeguard certification, this also meant a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Five arrested in early-morning raid at South Jeffco home

    Five people were arrested in an early-morning raid at a home on West Bowles Avenue on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said three of the arrestees were being held in the Jeffco jail on drug-related charges, and the other two were arrested on outstanding warrants.

  • Residents invited to help plan new services at Jeffco libraries

    The Jeffco Public Library is expanding hours and services after voters last November approved a mill-levy increase. Upcoming initiatives include refurbishment of the Columbine Library in 2017 and a potential expansion of services in South Jeffco to meet growing demand.

    To help plan these additions and enhancements to the library system, area residents are invited to attend upcoming community meetings where they can offer input and suggestions.

  • Only one contested race in West Metro fire board election

    Three board members for the West Metro Fire Protection District are up for election May 3, but only one faces a challenge.

    Michael Williams has entered the race for the District 6 seat currently held by Kristina Moeder. District 4 board member Pam Feely and Wendy Volmer, the District 7 incumbent, are running unopposed.

    After serving on West Metro’s civil service committee for the past five years, Williams says he is running for the District 6 board seat as a better use of his time.

  • Exchange student raising funds to buy mosquito nets for people in Ghana

    Emmanuel Mwinbong, an exchange student at Dakota Ridge High School, is launching a fund-raising effort to provide mosquito nets for people in his native country of Ghana, where malaria is prevalent. The nets offer protection to children and adults from mosquitoes that carry the disease, which can result in disability and death.

    Emmanuel is seeking donations to purchase mosquito nets at the Pomona Invitational Track Meet this Saturday, April 23 Jeffco Stadium.