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Today's News

  • Wadsworth demonstrators decry school board majority

    Hundreds of Jeffco teachers, parents and students lined Wadsworth Boulevard last Friday to protest recent actions by the school board majority.

    “I’m sorry to see everything in Jeffco falling apart under this new board,” Mary Parker said as she stood at West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth.

  • Superintendent finalist faces tough questions in first appearance

    Jeffco superintendent finalist Daniel McMinimee was greeted by a skeptical crowd with difficult questions at an informal meeting Thursday night.

    Nearly 75 Jeffco community members packed the Wheat Ridge High School library to hear about McMinimee’s plans for leading their school district.

    McMinimee, the assistant superintendent for secondary education in Douglas County, was swarmed by audience members after he invited them to approach and ask questions.

  • Columbine's near-flawless baseball season comes to a frosty end

    Baseball in May is as unpredictable as the weather – one minute it’s sunny and beautiful, the next you’re soaked, frozen and bewildered.

    Such was the case for the Columbine Rebels, who walked off their home field heartbroken, many crying, because their spectacular 19-2 season end with a shocking loss to the Chaparral Wolverines 12-3 on May 10 in the District 3 finals.

  • Dakota Ridge proves that it belongs in lacrosse playoffs

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER -- It didn’t take long for Dakota Ridge to establish itself in boys lacrosse. The Eagles bucked the odds by qualifying for the 5A playoffs in just their second year of varsity play, and, as the No. 12 seed, came close to stunning No. 5 Colorado Academy in the first round of the 5A state tournament.

  • Shires, Shrader offer clear choice in GOP primary for sheriff

    The two candidates on the GOP ballot in the lone primary in the Jeffco sheriff’s race see a clear choice as a result of their on-the-job experiences.

    Jeff Shrader, the office’s division chief for special projects, and Jim Shires, a sergeant in the office, tout different backgrounds — and different approaches to the challenges faced by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • The business of compassion

    The winners of Columbine High School’s Big Idea Project learned that giving back to the community is its own reward. 

    The project tasks students in Columbine’s business class to create a business model to help the community in some way, with the winning group receiving a scholarship. 

    The project, started by Columbine teacher Bryan Halsey in 2011, has spread to Green Mountain High School in Jeffco, Rangeview High in Aurora and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Denver. 

  • Celebrating Staunton

    Staunton State Park will celebrate its first birthday this weekend, and park organizers are making sure the park is getting a fitting birthday bash.

    “We are all so excited to be celebrating the one-year anniversary of Staunton State Park,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson. “I just have the feeling that year two will be even busier, with more and more people hearing about the park.”

  • Another new home eyed for community corrections

    Jeffco has identified another piece of property that could serve as a new home for the county’s community corrections facility, though nearby residents are uneasy. 

    The land, at 15650 W. Sixth Ave., is in unincorporated Jeffco next to Foothills Animal Shelter and the Jeffco Fairgrounds. It’s currently zoned for industrial use, which is why the county didn’t consider it at first, said County Administrator Ralph Schell. 

  • Dog rescued by firefighters at accident scene recovering

    A dog rescued by West Metro firefighters at the scene of a one-car accident is recovering at Foothills Animal Shelter.

    The poodle-mix, thought to be about 4 years old, was found on U.S. 285 east of South Wadsworth Boulevard after an accident about midnight on May 5. A car had driven through a fence and come to rest near the frontage road, said West Metro spokeswoman Michelle French. 

    The driver fled on foot, but French said witnesses told firefighters about the injured dog in the road. 

  • 15 deputy spots converting to civilian positions

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Detention Services Division is converting 15 deputy positions assigned to the county jail into 15 civilian detention specialists.

    “These are not new positions. We are short-staffed and having to pay overtime to deputies to fill vacant positions,” said Division Chief Patricia Mundell.