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Today's News

  • Chatfield juggles lineup at Jeffco quad

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Winning meets isn’t always a top priority for Chatfield girls swimming coach Ron Johns, who seemed to care less that Lakewood outscored his Lady Chargers by 114 points in a four-team Jeffco Mini Invite at The Ridge Rec Center on Jan. 9.

    Competing without diver Avery Hobbs and breaststroker Haley Kopec, both 2014 state qualifiers, Johns nonetheless juggled his lineup so that most of Chatfield’s top performers didn’t swim in their specialties.

  • Novice wrestler fitting in just fine

    LAKEWOOD — A year ago, Joe Johnson was studying overseas in Yangon, Burma, but the Colorado native wanted to come home. The Columbine High junior also figured that once he came back, he would take up a sport to make friends. He chose wrestling.

  • Eagles stave off late A-West rally

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    ARVADA — Dakota Ridge kept its undefeated streak going after fending off a fierce comeback by Arvada West on Jan. 9, scoring a 67-62 5A Jeffco League road victory.

    Three players scored in double figures for Dakota Ridge, led by Devante Jones’ 19 points. Tanner Lukens added 11 and Cody Pittman scored 10.

  • Dakota Ridge controls game’s flow

    In truth, it didn’t really matter whether the teams were at even strength or if Dakota Ridge was on the penalty kill because the host Eagles, on Jan. 8 at The Edge Ice Arena, were in control of visiting Pine Creek from start to finish.

    It took a while for sixth-ranked Dakota Ridge to get its feet underneath itself again after a nearly three-week layoff, but once it did, it showed who the better team was in a 4-0 blanking of the other Eagles.

  • Littleton voters will weigh two charter amendments on urban renewal

    In March, Littleton voters will be presented with two choices on how, if at all, the city should restrict the use of urban-renewal tools.

    One amendment to the city charter, proposed by a group of residents, would require approval from city voters to use tax sharing, eminent domain, condemnation, tax-increment financing, revenue sharing, or cost sharing.

  • Cleaning house with laughter

    Brazilian actress Viviane Rinaldi is making her debut at Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center in the upcoming production of “The Clean House,” an award-winning comedy centered on domestic life — and the life of domestic help.

    Rinaldi is featured in the role of Matlide, a housekeeper and aspiring comedian who is more interested in polishing the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Set in the home of a married couple who are both doctors, the play offers a whimsical and poignant view of class structure and the nature of love.

  • Funeral planned Monday for sheriff's sergeant

    A funeral is planned Monday afternoon for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • War, wine, and giving thanks at Christmas

    By David White

    For the Courier

    One hundred years ago this week, France launched its first major offensive against Germany in World War I. The fight took place in the winegrowing region of Champagne, which the German army had invaded just weeks after hostilities broke out. Nearly 200,000 lives were lost in the three-month battle.

  • Lucha Cantina coming to Littleton

    After a customer told restaurant owner Chuck Holcomb about an available space in Littleton, he decided to open Lucha Cantina in southwest Jeffco.

    Since leasing the 5,900-square-foot space formerly occupied by Hops Grill and Brewery on West Bowles Avenue, Holcomb has been working with contractors to renovate it, with plans to open in March.

    “There are a lot of good things about it,” he said.

    The restaurant and bar with an eclectic Mexican flavor will be the third of its kind that Holcomb and his business partners have opened in Colorado.

  • School district contracts with online therapy provider

    Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are hard to find in Colorado and even harder to recruit with a cash-strapped budget.

    To address shortages, Jeffco Public Schools will begin outsourcing some of those services starting this month.

    San Francisco-based PresenceLearning will begin providing physical, occupational and speech language therapy to Jeffco kids via teleconferencing under a $267,300 contract approved by the school board in December.