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Today's News

  • BMX-bicycle park on track to open this summer

    A proposed BMX-bicycle track at Foothills Park and Recreation’s Schaefer Athletic Complex will move forward despite passionate objections from neighbors of the property.

    The Foothills board voted unanimously March 10 to let the project go forward after district staff was unable to find an alternative site or option.

    Board members had asked at their Feb. 24 meeting if an alternative location for the track existed or if the district could break a 2012 contract with Mile High BMX, which will build the park.

  • The air we breathe

    Last week, air quality was in the good range for Jefferson County and the Denver region, according to data on the state website. Driving down the hill from Evergreen and Conifer, motorists saw a bright blue sky on the eastern horizon rather than a band of brown haze.

    However, air quality in the region — and its health effects — fluctuates with changing seasons and shifting air currents.

    “Weather is the driver of all of this,” says Christopher Dann, spokesman for the Air Pollution Control Division of the state health department.

  • Littleton to end use of red-light cameras

    Littleton will pull the plug on red-light cameras later this year.

    The City Council voted unanimously March 3 to end the program when the current contract between the city and American Traffic Solutions ends on July 31.

    The program began in 2009 at West Littleton Boulevard and South Broadway and expanded to four other intersections: South Santa Fe Drive and West Mineral Avenue, South Santa Fe and West Bowles Avenue, South Broadway and West Mineral Avenue, and South Platte Canyon Road/South Lowell Boulevard and West Bowles.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER 
    Rocky Mountain rallies to stun top-ranked Columbine
    Madison Williams scored two goals and Rocky Mountain rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to upset top-ranked and defending 5A state champion Columbine, 3-2, on March 14 at Columbine High School.

    Morgan Abbitt also scored for Rocky Mountain.

    The Lady Rebels (2-1) got first-half goals from Skylar Alward and Tatum Barton. Kelcey Cavarra assisted on both goals.

  • Seasoned Huskies turn the tables on rebuilding Falcons

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Here’s a recommendation: Front Range Christian-Platte Canyon III in 2016, a baseball rubber game that would feature a more level playing field.

  • Regis rallies, tops Chargers in top-10 clash

    AURORA — Between innings, first-year Chatfield Senior baseball coach Paul Grubesic joked with Regis Jesuit head coach Matt Darr that it was too early in the season to be playing games like this. 

    He was referring to a top-10 showdown between 5A schools that saw infallible starting pitching early and see-saw hitting late.

  • Lady Chargers’ comeback falls short

    LAKEWOOD — Kendra Lanuza does the bulk of the scoring for the Chatfield Lady Chargers, but the University of Denver-bound lacrosse player can’t do it all. She needs a little help, and that’s exactly what her team is searching for early in the season.

    Though Eliza Radochonski and Holly Sutherland scored four goals apiece as fourth-ranked Cherry Creek held off a spirited rally from Chatfield for a 15-13 victory March 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, the Lady Chargers didn’t wilt even when the Lady Bruins tried to pull away time and again.

  • Happy birthday, Littleton

    A two-day-long party? Yes, marking 125 years might just be worthy of such an extended fete.

    Littleton celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding over the weekend with a two-day celebration that included a fireworks show and the opening of a new trail along the city’s historic ditch.

    And to mark the quasquicentennial of Littleton becoming an official town, Gov. John Hickenlooper last week proclaimed March 8 as City of Littleton Day. Not bad for a little town that started with only 245 residents 125 years ago.

  • Student-based budgeting lets principals get a jump on hiring

    Several months into Jeffco Public Schools’ implementation of student-based budgeting, area principals are saying the new policy gives them the ability to react quickly to their schools’ hiring needs.

    Until this year, school funding was directed by the district office and based on schools’ enrollments — students were counted in October, and then money was disbursed. Under the new model, enrollment is still a major factor, but principals decide what programs get cut, kept or expanded based on student and community needs.

  • Pay raises urged for principals, assistant principals

    Jeffco Public Schools should pay higher salaries to its principals and assistant principals, teachers who hold relevant master’s degrees, and staff in hard-to-fill positions, the district’s human resources chief said at a March 5 school board meeting.

    As the district moves into its budget season and gears up for contract negotiations with the teachers union, chief human resources officer Amy Weber recommended that board members consider instituting the pay changes to make the district more competitive.