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Today's News

  • GOP chair withdraws from presentation to school district

    The chair of Colorado’s Republican Party decided not to participate in a Jeffco Public Schools panel on innovative practices in public education last week after the district was criticized for his involvement.

    State GOP chair Steve House was slated to make a presentation to the politically divided school board April 16 along with several other speakers, but withdrew his name April 12. The district received complaints from some members of the public, asking why House — whose career has been in health care technology — had been invited.

  • Commissioners learn about Open Space activities

    “We’re the closest foothills-and-mountain experience to the largest metro area in the state,” said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Open Space and Parks director.

    To help park visitors make decisions about which Open Space trails to use, they are rated according to difficulty, Hoby told the county commissioners on April 14.

  • Child abuse charges against bus driver are dropped

    The Jeffco district attorney has dropped child abuse charges against a school bus driver who was accused of grabbing a disruptive pre-teen by the throat in January.

    The DA on April 8 dismissed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against Littleton resident David Blanchard, citing a lack of evidence, said DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Kempe, Dozier retain seats on IREA board

    Both foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association retained their seats on the nonprofit power co-op’s board in this month’s election.

    Pine Junction resident Duke Dozier, whose district stretches from Kenosha Pass to Aspen Park and includes some parts of Castle Rock, outpolled his opponent by less than 350 votes.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe, who represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and Roxborough, retained his seat by a much larger margin.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER
    Columbine rallies, wins rematch with Ralston Valley
    LAKEWOOD — Tatum Barton and Chloe Chapman scored a pair of second-half goals as defending 5A state champion Columbine rallied to knock off Ralston Valley 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s state title game on April 14 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Sarah Luebking made five saves for Columbine.

    The win was the Lady Rebels’ fourth straight.

  • Football expansion plans to 6A intercepted

    The following are results from CHSAA’s Legislative Council meeting, held April 16 in Aurora:

  • Early deficit doesn’t faze Chatfield this time

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield’s boys lacrosse team felt a sense of déjà vu when it fell behind Wheat Ridge 2-0 early in its April 17 5A Front Range League game at Trailblazer Stadium. A week earlier on the same field, the Chargers spotted Columbine a 3-0 early lead and couldn’t quite recover, bowing 10-8 for its first league setback.

  • Calmer Garcia redeems self

    ARVADA — Santana Garcia peeked up at the scoreboard, shook his head in disgust and continued to swim in what was to have been a cool-down period after the 50-yard freestyle. It was more like cooling off time for the Chatfield Senior High junior.

    Already coping with the stress that comes this time of year with SAT testing, finishing second in a race that Garcia felt that he should’ve won didn’t help matters April 18 at the Jeffco Invite at George J. Meyers Pool.

  • Columbine High closed Monday in memory of shooting victims

    Columbine High School was closed Monday in memory of the 12 students and a teacher who lost their lives 16 years ago at the school.

    The tradition of closing the school in honor of those that died was continued by new Columbine principal K.C. Somers, who replaced former principal Frank DeAngelis this year after DeAngelis retired.

    DeAngelis was scheduled to be at the school’s library to lead a moment of silence at 11:20 a.m.

  • School board member apologizes for Facebook post

    A school board member who publicly shared a link on Facebook calling for parents to protest Friday’s LGBT Day of Silence said she didn’t read the post before sharing it and feels “sickened” over its message.