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Today's News

  • Jeffco commissioners eye targeted raises to slow attrition

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are considering awarding targeted pay increases as a way to stop, or at least slow, an increase in employee attrition.

    The commissioners discussed spending $1.5 million annually to target certain areas in the county workforce during two days of staff briefings last week on Jeffco’s proposed 2015 budget. County employees are already in line for a 2 percent merit-pay increase next year.

  • Two South Jeffco businesses robbed at knifepoint

    An assailant armed with a knife robbed two businesses in South Jeffco on Wednesday.

    The assailant was described on the Jeffco sheriff's Twitter account as a young white male wearing a blue hoodie and a bandana with a skull on it. The two businesses are at 5000 S. Jellison Way and 9700 W. Coal Mine Ave.

    Both robberies occurred between noon and 12:15 p.m. The perpetrator remains at large, the Sheriff's Office said.

    Check ColumbineCourier.com for updates on this story.

  • Crowd's warm hearts honor veterans on a frigid day

    Frigid temperatures didn't deter more than 100 people from celebrating Veterans Day in Littleton on Tuesday. 

    The crowd gathered at the city’s World War II memorial in Ketring Park to honor veterans from Littleton and beyond. And while the temperatures hovered in the teens during the ceremony, it didn’t put a chill on the emotional crowd. 

  • 5A Jeffco League all-conference boys tennis, gymnastics

    The following are all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014 fall season in boys tennis and gymnastics:

    BOYS TENNIS, FIRST TEAM
    No. 1 singles: Anthony Partrick, Arvada West; Brian Ross, Chatfield; No. 2 singles: Andrew Gillette, Arvada West; Patrick Ross, Chatfield; No. 3 singles: John Simpson, Chatfield; No. 1 doubles: Sam Meyer/Austin Stutz, Chatfield; No. 2 doubles: JC Abrahamson/Erik Bendiksen, Lakewood; No. 3 doubles: Zach Meyer/Travis Hall, Chatfield; No. 4 doubles: Justin Spehalski/Alexander Gates, Chatfield

  • Bausch, Swarm capture state

    GLENDALE — If soccer is a gentlemen’s game played by hooligans, rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen and females. Tough females, at that.

    The Westside Swarm girls’ rugby team, who are comprised of athletes from all around Jeffco, defeated the Highlands Ranch Harlequins, 29-7, to win the 7-on-7 state championship Nov. 8 at Infinity Park, capping off a flawless 10-0 season.

  • Pomona takes over, ousts Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine-Pomona II had a similar feel to its Jeffco League predecessor. The Panthers ruled the second half again and won the 5A second-round football playoff game 21-14.

    But the Rebels came away from the Nov. 7 loss at Jeffco Stadium feeling better about themselves and the future.

  • Broomfield stifles Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — One by one, Dakota Ridge seniors Brandon Braun, Tyler Magana, Nick Cohn, Jack Cavallaro and Brock Howes addressed their teammates as rain fell on Jeffco Stadium on Nov. 7. The scoreboard had already erased the 27-17 final score, but the pain was still settling in on a stunning loss to Broomfield in the first round of the 4A football state playoffs.

  • Plein as day: Artist exhibiting locally paints 2,000 works outdoors

    Evergreen artist Ted Garcia is a person who meets his goals.

    Over the past 5 1/2 years, he set four goals to create an outdoor painting each day, and he has met all of those goals, painting 2,014 works in that many days.

    Much like the iconic mailman, Garcia, 47, painted in snow, rain, sleet, hail and heat. He painted early in the morning and late at night. He painted when he was sick and when he had a broken finger on his painting hand.

    He even painted through family obligations: graduations, births and deaths.

  • Chatfield wears Cinderella slipper quite well

    DENVER — Cinderella came to the dance, and she was dressed as the Chatfield Lady Chargers.

    The clock may have struck midnight — OK, technically 7:57 p.m. — on Chatfield in the 5A state volleyball championships, but just the simple fact that Chatfield was even playing in its first state final was nothing short of astonishing, considering the route it took to get there.

  • Jeffco students escorted from school board meeting - VIDEO

    Nearly 20 students were escorted from a Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday night after they staged a demonstration to express concerns about a committee tasked with reviewing curriculum.

    The incident occurred during public comment when a student stood and read from a U.S. history book. After that student was stopped by a district security officer, another student stood and started reading. After five students had been stopped, one student blew a whistle, and many students stood up and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.