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Today's News

  • Jeffco takes proactive stance, implements protective caps

    High school football players in Jefferson County will practice a little safer in 2015 after the school district implemented a pilot program for student-athletes at all 17 high schools to wear Guardian Caps, a lightweight, soft-shell cover over their helmets to help to reduce head-on impacts.
    The district held a press conference Aug. 19 at Columbine High School to announce the program.

  • Dakota Ridge girls have high hopes for the 2015 season

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    High expectations are a way of life for Dakota Ridge’s cross country teams, which have excelled for the past decade-plus under the head coaching of first Mike Callor and, since 2012, Mark Stenbeck, an assistant under Callor beginning in 2006.
    Stenbeck expects more of the same for 2015, especially from the girls team, whose top runner in 2014 missed qualifying for state as the Lady Eagles finished 16th.

  • Lions’ Pino an imposing presence

    The first time Littleton head coach Kurt Krantz saw Aron Pino on a football field, he immediately took notice of the 6-foot, 250-pounder’s elusive movement.
    “Great feet, great hips. He could run from sideline to sideline if he wanted to, and he does,” said Krantz, who starts his third season at the helm at Littleton High this fall. “He can take away half of the field.”

  • Columbine QB Lowry coming into his own

    Jake Lowry can speak from experience. Being the starting quarterback for the Columbine Rebels when your uncle, Andy Lowry, is the head coach isn’t what one would necessarily expect it to be.

  • Evergreen attorney challenging DA Weir

    An Evergreen attorney has filed to run as a Democrat and will challenge Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir, a Republican, in the November 2016 election.

    Jake Lilly, who runs his own criminal defense firm in Lakewood and lives in Evergreen, will be the first Democrat to run for DA since 2004. Weir, who ran unopposed in 2012 and succeeded fellow Republican Scott Storey, has already filed to run for a second term. 

  • End the uncertainty at Jeffco Schools

    The worst thing about the almost two years of turmoil that we’ve experienced in Jefferson County schools is that it’s been a continuing distraction from the school district’s most important responsibility — to educate the kids who live in this county. Anything that distracts teachers from focusing their energy on giving kids the best possible education is a major flaw that should be resolved as soon as possible.

  • Kendallvue students see red on their first day

    The first day of school can be emotional and challenging, but the red-carpet treatment can ease youngsters’ anxieties.

    Students at Kendallvue Elementary School, near West Quincy Avenue and C-470 in Morrison, made the red-carpet walk into class Monday surrounded by their parents and teachers, who cheered them on as if they were celebrities arriving for a Hollywood premiere.

  • Canines cool off, cavort at pool party

    Even man’s best friend deserves a refreshing dip in the pool during the dog days of summer.

    Foothills Park and Recreation’s Deer Creek Pool near South Garrison Street and West Chatfield Avenue closed its season Sunday by letting the canines take over for the last two hours of the day. Dozens of dogs and their human companions took to the water for some fetching fun.

  • Schools ready for changes in 2015-16 lesson plans changes

    As Jeffco students head back to school this week, shifting district- and state-level policies have led to changes that will eventually find their way to the classrooms.

    Testing

    Jeffco students will spend less time taking standardized tests this school year after Colorado lawmakers voted in the spring to streamline some exams.

    House Bill 1323 reduces testing time for Colorado Measures of Academic Success exams, which were developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

  • Jeffco official verifies signatures on school board recall petitions

    Jeffco’s elections manager has verified that the group seeking a recall of the school board’s three conservative members has collected more than enough signatures on petitions to force an election.

    The elections office finished verifying signatures on petitions to recall board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams on Tuesday, according to elections manager Carrie Kellogg.