Today's News

  • Lady Eagles’ bats go silent in home loss

    If there’s a number that will drive coaches batty, especially after a defeat, it’s runners left on base. Dakota Ridge had its fair share of them in its 9-1 home-opening softball loss to 5A fifth-ranked Eaglecrest on Aug. 31.

    For the record, the Lady Eagles stranded 10 runners, including at least one in each of the first six innings. Dakota Ridge left two runners on in the first and fourth innings and three in the fifth before the visiting Lady Raptors exploded for five runs in the sixth inning at Dave Atencio Field.

  • Chatfield volleyball shakes early jitters, wins opener

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    With the entire roster returning from the No. 1 seed in last year’s 5A state volleyball tournament, you wouldn’t think Chatfield coach Stephanie Schick would fret about her team suffering a case of nerves in its 2016 opener. Especially at home, where the Lady Chargers were unbeaten in ’15.

  • Walters, Lady Chargers shine in gymnastics opener

    The Chatfield Lady Chargers, despite having first-meet jitters and several falls in their season opener Sept. 1 at home against Green Mountain and Evergreen, yielded some impressive performances.

    Chatfield, with its largest team ever — 35 girls, took first place in tri-meet with 167.3 points. Green Mountain took second with 153.6 points, while Evergreen was third at 125.625.

    “I am shocked by how many girls we have this year,” Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez said.

  • Migratory raptors captivate park visitors

    The Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park hosted a “100 Years for Birds” event on a recent Sunday in honor of the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    The event offered information booths and displays on various species of migratory birds; a live raptor presentation by Nature’s Educators; a rubber-duck scavenger hunt for the youngsters; and nature walks led by master birders.

  • HD 22 candidates offer different approaches

    The two South Jeffco residents running in state House District 22 have as priorities education and transportation, even if their approaches to those issues differ.

    Two-term Republican incumbent Justin Everett said he also is committed to changing the culture at the Capitol, while independent candidate Mary Parker said she also is focused on small businesses and the economy.

  • School board finalizes bond issue, property-tax increase questions

    The Jeffco school board has finalized ballot language for a $535 million bond issue and a property-tax increase for the Nov. 8 ballot.

  • County, Foothills officials talking playground build

    Earlier last month, about 300 volunteers participated in a playground build at West Laurel Park in South Jeffco, and county officials are already lining up their next park project.

  • HOA seeks approval for already-established disc golf course

    The Mesa View Estates Homeowners Association in Golden has filed a site-approval application with Jeffco Planning and Zoning for a disc golf course that was installed more than a year ago.

    The 9-hole, par-3 course is located at Estates Park, 16164 W. Ellsworth Drive. Estates Park is owned by the Foothills Park & Recreation District but is maintained by the Mesa View Estates HOA.

  • Passionate prairie dog debate dominates Foothills board meeting

    The Aug. 23 board meeting of the Foothills Park & Recreation District was dominated by a passionate debate about how to ethically and efficiently manage the district’s growing prairie dog population.

    The nearly two-hour conversation was requested by Gina Writz and Tina Gurdikian, who are members of the Prairie Dog Task Force Team. The local volunteer group began working with Foothills on a prairie dog conservation plan when construction of a BMX bike course was proposed at the Schaefer Athletic Complex.

  • Good, clean fun: Columbine volleyball team holds annual car wash fund-raiser

    After patiently idling in a line of cars in line for several minutes, it’s finally your turn. You ease your car into the designated spot, and suddenly a dozen high-schoolers surround it, sponges in hand. A parent volunteer sprays a sharp jet of water on the hood. And, after a few minutes’ cleaning, a barrage of towels descends, swirling around the windows and creating a brief respite of shade from the hot August sun.