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Today's News

  • Lions’ defense sacks Golden

    Noah McGhee, undoubtedly, may be a little biased with his opinion that Littleton High may have one of the better defenses in 4A, but, for one night, the Lions backed up their senior running back’s claim.
    Littleton’s pressure was relentless on Aug. 27 against Golden in the 2015 kickoff at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The Lions sacked Demons junior quarterback Jalen Lucero five times, picked him off four times and blocked a third-quarter punt in a 21-0 season-opening victory.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • Active bears force closure of Waterton Canyon

    Waterton Canyon was closed to public activity after a bear chased a bicyclist in the canyon on Aug. 28. 

    Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the canyon would be closed until further notice due to an overall increase in bear activity in the area. No one was injured in the incident on Aug. 28.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Teachers voting on contract this week

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union were expected to finish voting on the newly reworked contract with Jeffco Public Schools on Wednesday.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and planned to have a final result by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to JCEA spokesman Scott Kwasny. (Visit HighTimberTimes.com for the results.)

    If JCEA members ratify the agreement with a simple majority, the school board then will vote on it Thursday.

  • Library closes the book on summer reading program

    Jeffco’s summer reading celebrities were treated to a stylish send-off over the weekend.

    The Jeffco Public Library hosted a celebrity-themed wrap party for its summer reading program at the county fairgrounds in Golden on Sunday. Kids and adults who spent part of their summer turning pages were treated to music, magic, a red-carpet walk, and a few famous faces, such as Wonder Woman, Batman and several Star Wars characters.

  • 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.

  • 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.