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Today's News

  • Reading traditions in school are cool

    Dakota Ridge High School teacher-librarian John Williams has been hosting a Read Across America Day for 11 years. This year, second-graders from Mount Carbon Elementary visited the DRHS library to listen to high school students, teachers, staff and community members read aloud.

    “It’s important to instill the love of reading,” said Williams. “They have the opportunity to hear that everybody reads.”

    Mount Carbon second-grade teacher Suzanne Swank said the visit has an added benefit.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS

    BASEBALL

    Anderson homers as Columbine goes to 9-0 on the season

    Austin Anderson homered and drove in two runs as Columbine stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 win over Fruita Monument High School on April 5.

    Donny Ortiz, Cody Wood, Michael Tait and Patrick Huffaker also scored runs for the Rebels.

    Isaiah Gonzales-Montoya struck out five over six innings to get the victory for Columbine.

    Barder’s grand slam, Chamberlain’s pitching ignite Chatfield

  • Second-half flurry turns game Chatfield’s way

    LAKEWOOD — The first half was literally a back-and-forth affair. The teams — first Chatfield and then Dakota Ridge — traded goals for the entire 24 minutes. Yet, the Chargers never led by more than a goal, and the Eagles never led at all.

    That changed in the second half.

  • Garcia has high hopes for season despite disappointing 2013

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Warning to Jeffco League and 5A swimmers around the state: Santana Garcia is healthy and watching his diet.

    A state qualifier in two events as a freshman at Chatfield a year ago, Garcia developed pneumonia about a week before the state meet and finished 30th in the 50 freestyle and 31st in the 100 butterfly in the preliminaries.

  • Rebels trample Lobos

    By Tim Donohoo, For the Courier

    Columbine girls lacrosse coach Alex Befus is a patient person. She knew it was just a matter of time before her Rebels would begin to gel as a unit.

    That is exactly what transpired April 3 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood against visiting Conifer.

    The Rebels exploded on the offensive end and displayed a dominant defense as they upended the Lobos 16-2 in a Jeffco league matchup.

  • School board approves contentious $3.7 million for charters

    The Jeffco school board has earmarked an additional $3.7 million for charter schools in the 2014-15 budget, a move that sparked cheers and jeers at a packed meeting last week.

    The new board majority, which campaigned last year on giving district parents more school choice, backed the appropriation to address funding inequities faced by charter schools. 

  • Commission candidate cites incumbent’s ‘disconnect’

    Columbine area resident John Flerlage, a former Marine, is determined to bring his leadership qualities to Jefferson County government. 

    Flerlage, a Democrat, is running against Jeffco Commissioner Don Rosier in District 3, which covers South Jeffco. The incumbent Republican is seeking his second four-year term on the GOP-controlled commission.

    Flerlage, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010, is hoping to bring his fiscal, environmental and local approach to Jeffco leadership.

    A Marine for most of his life

  • Hickenlooper talks of sacrifice, service

    Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke about the meaning of service and sacrifice during an appearance Sunday morning at Columbine United Church in Littleton. 

    Hickenlooper, as part of the church’s “I Am Third” lecture series, told the congregation how he learned about selflessness as a child when his father was dying of cancer.

    Hickenlooper’s mother, who was his father’s primary caretaker, had promised to attend her son’s school play, but his father’s illness kept her away. 

  • Jeffco Open Space facing additional costs for Peaks to Plains Trail

    The initial phase of the Peaks to Plains Trail project is facing escalated costs, Tom Hoby, director of Jeffco Parks and Open Space, told the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on April 3.

    The total cost of the trail connection from Golden to the Jefferson County line is now in the $75 million to $100 million range — more than three times the original estimate of $30 million to $35 million, Hoby said. 

  • Program targets child abuse, neglect

    Jefferson County is partnering with Denver on a program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by educating parents. 

    SafeCare’s goal is to provide parents with needed tools and skills, said Mary Berg, deputy director of the Jeffco Human Services Division. 

    Many cases of abuse and neglect are caused by a lack of parenting skills or knowledge, Berg said.