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Today's News

  • First-half goal, A-West’s hustle stymie Rebels

    ARVADA — For whatever reason, be it Arvada West’s equally-quick style of play or the hostile environment at the North Area Athletic Complex on Oct. 1, the Columbine Rebels’ boys soccer team couldn’t settle into its game, head coach Zach Martin said. Giving up an early goal didn’t help matters, either.

  • Slow start hampers Rebels’ bid

    The 5A state boys golf championship didn’t exactly go as Columbine had hoped. As a matter of fact, it started off about as poorly as the Rebels could’ve imagined.

    The Colorado Springs Country Club course was menacing, to say the least, on Columbine’s golfers on Day 1 of the two-day tournament Sept. 29-30 with the Rebels finishing the first round in last place of the 14 teams in the field.

  • Simpson, top doubles win regionals

    John Simpson knew what he had to do. He proved as much in the first set of his 5A Region 3 championship match Oct. 2 at Ken-Caryl Ranch House. The second set, not so much.

    “In the second set, I didn’t have the right mindset going in,” Simpson said of No. 3 singles match against Arapahoe’s Dylan Panis. “I was like, ‘I’ve got this wrapped up,’ which you should never go into a second set like.”

  • State Senate candidates offer diverse choice

    Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Columbine Courier is taking a final look at local races.

    This year’s race in state Senate District 22 pits a Democratic incumbent who wants to continue his work on education against a GOP challenger hoping to school Capitol denizens on a change in tenor at the legislature.
    State Sen. Andy Kerr, who is running for a second term, faces Republican Tony Sanchez, a manager who works with nonprofits.

  • Grant will help library expand computer training

    The Jeffco Public Library will expand its efforts to help residents master rapidly advancing computer technology, thanks to a $17,353 federal grant.

    The library plans to use the funds to create “Digital U,” an improved set of technology training courses that will travel throughout the county.

  • Environmentalists question Jeffco’s changes to oil and gas rules

    Environmental activists are upset about changes made in September to the county’s oil and gas rules.

    The Sierra Club sent more than 400 form letters to Jeffco Open Space officials in recent weeks regarding the changes to the regulations. Open Space and Parks Director Tom Hoby discussed the letters with members of the Open Space Advisory Committee at a meeting last Thursday.

  • Jeffco issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples in Jefferson County — and in all the other cities and counties in Colorado — can now be legally wed. 

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday ordering all 64 counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower-court decisions that struck down several states’ bans on same-sex marriage. 

  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • Bikers band together for Emily’s Parade

    The owners of row after row of motorcycles parked behind Columbine High School didn’t know one another. Yet they all knew why they were at the school on a Sunday morning clad in leather, jeans and bandanas.

    More than a thousand bikers made the 45-mile ride Sunday morning from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High for the ninth Emily’s Parade to honor victims of school violence. The event is named for Emily Keyes, the 16-year-old student shot and killed in 2006 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School. 

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.