Today's News

  • Foes ramp up efforts to thwart rezoning in Rooney Valley

    The group that launched a petition opposed to rezoning that could bring auto and motorcycle dealerships, retail and commercial flex-use space to the Rooney Valley area near Dinosaur Ridge is ramping up efforts ahead of county commissioners’ hearings on the rezoning later this month.

  • High lead levels found in drinking water at 38 Jeffco elementary schools

    Test results released by Jeffco Public Schools last week have revealed that at least 38 elementary schools in the district have high levels of lead in the drinking water from at least one sink or water fountain, including 11 schools in the mountain area and in South Jeffco. 

  • Groundwater not tested after toxin found at Lockheed

    Neither the Colorado health department nor Lockheed Martin tested groundwater at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility in South Jeffco after a toxic waste deposit was discovered there last October.

    Publicly disclosed about a month ago, the solid waste deposit was a sodium nitrate waste salt containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — and it measured approximately 1 to 2 feet thick, 20 feet wide and 50 feet long, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • Toxic waste found buried at Lockheed Martin facility

    Lockheed Martin has publicly disclosed that a solid mass of industrial waste containing hexavalent chromium — a toxin known to cause cancer — was discovered at its Waterton Road facility last October.

    The state health department confirmed that the waste was safely removed along with surrounding soil, and said the health of the public and company employees was never at risk. The department also said the waste “had no impact on surface or ground water.”

  • Let’s not be guinea pigs with Amendment 69
  • Jeffco faces challenges as wages increase but fail to keep pace with housing costs

    Wages in the county are up slightly in 2016 compared to 2015, but rental rates and home prices continue to outpace the rise in salaries, making it difficult for many employees to live in the county where they work, according to a recent economic report.

  • Penalties, miscues hamper D’Evelyn

    By Matthew Van Deventer
    For the Courier

    ARVADA — Sometimes a winning team just needs needs to get knocked down. 

    That’s exactly what happened to D’Evelyn on Oct. 14 at Faith Christian. The Jaguars lost to the host Eagles 19-6. 

  • Eagles’ Vancil breaks through, wins 5A Jeffco League title

    Austin Vancil certainly wasn’t expecting it. Most likely not too many people were.

    “Not at all,” Vancil said.

    But the Dakota Ridge sophomore certainly was capable of winning the 5A Jeffco League cross country championship, and he did. Vancil ran the Clement Park course on Oct. 13 in 16 minutes, 24 seconds, holding off Arvada West’s Colin Berndt by six seconds. It helped the Eagles to a second-place team finish, behind A-West with 59 points. The Wildcats scored 38.

  • Eagles avenge loss, win regionals

    PARKER — The 11th-seeded Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles (13-8-0) knew a run at the 5A state championships wouldn’t be easy, especially if it meant battling their adversary — sixth-seeded Legend (16-5-1), which is exactly what happened.

  • Experience helps Chatfield’s top players

    DENVER — Christian Holmes was dressed for the occasion. With his Chatfield Chargers T-shirt, plaid team shorts, black socks with a red stripe and brand new orange shoes, the sophomore and No. 1 singles player was ready for the 5A state boys’ tennis tournament.

    More than the wardrobe, however, Holmes had the mental makeup to tackle the challenges he faced at Gates Tennis Center on Oct. 13.