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Today's News

  • Property-tax bills leaving Jeffco residents with ‘sticker shock’

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Building a stairway to the tracks

    A project to build a stairway leading to views of rarely seen dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge has received support through a $20,000 grant recommended by Jeffco Open Space.

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge requested the grant, which is being awarded through the state's Conservation Trust Fund.

    The stairway will let visitors closely observe a set of Iguanodontid tracks that are in the bottom of an ancient Cretaceous tidal channel that is about 100 million years old, said Kermit Shields of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Lifelong friends compiling history of Columbine area

    Lifelong friends Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn grew up in Columbine in an era when wheat grew on area farms and coal from mines near West Coal Mine Avenue heated homes.

    As a young man, Fohn learned to fly an airplane at the former Columbine Airport on West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Hause remembers when there was only a convenience store in the area to buy gasoline and groceries without making the drive to downtown Littleton.

  • Jaguars’ power hitter signs with Roadrunners

    DENVER — Dylan Nelson will take advantage of the altitude and thin air of Colorado for at least four more years.

    The heavy-hitting first baseman on D’Evelyn’s baseball team signed on Feb. 3 to continue his baseball career at Metropolitan State University in Denver. The power-hitting lefty jumped at the opportunity to play for the Roadrunners.

  • Lanuza selects University of Oregon

    LITTLETON — Jennifer Lanuza is taking her own path.

    The Chatfield senior signed her national letter of intent to play women’s lacrosse at the University of Oregon next spring. Lanuza chose not to follow her older sister, Kendra Lanuza, who is a freshman on the University of Denver women’s lacrosse program.

  • Hume continues family tradition

    LITTLETON — Cayli Hume is following in her family’s footsteps.

    The Dakota Ridge senior signed to run cross country and track at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., after Hume graduates this spring.

  • Rebels ready to spring into college ranks

    LITTLETON — Time flies when you’re having fun and winning state championships.

     “It came so fast,” Columbine senior Tatum Barton said as she celebrated with 14 other Rebels who signed their national letters of intent on Feb. 3. “I’m so blessed to be here. I’m so excited.”

    Barton was a driving force behind the Columbine girls soccer team’s first Class 5A state team title in school history in 2014. Barton scored 26 goals during the Rebels’ championship season.

  • Chargers swim to third at 5A Jeffco championships

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    ARVADA — Abby Oglesby, Peyton Wayment and Jennelle Crozier posted breakthrough victories at the Class 5A Jeffco League girls swimming and diving championships.

  • Go time is now for Charger, Rebel wrestlers

    LITTLETON — Columbine senior Angelo Romero will carry plenty of weight on his broad shoulders entering the state-qualifying wrestling regional tournament this weekend in Grand Junction.

  • Multiple suspects sought in robberies at Southwest Plaza, Park Meadows

    Authorities are searching for several suspects in separate but similar robberies Wednesday night at Southwest Plaza in South Jeffco and at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree.