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Today's News

  • Short-handed Rebels struggle to stay with Tigers, Cougars

    The teams, like the bodies that make them up, were extremely lean at the Jeffco tri-meet April 3 at The Ridge Rec Center as Columbine, Evergreen and Lakewood high schools boys’ swim teams fought through missing swimmers to gain points and nab state qualifying times.

    Lakewood, with the fullest team, won the meet with 287 points total, bagging nine first-place finishes and four state qualifying times. But it was Columbine who struggled the most having only nine of its 25 swimmers competing. It took almost half of their total team just to make a relay.

  • Mountain Vista jumps on Dakota Ridge, Nagel from the start

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Every year, Jeff Legault stacks Dakota Ridge’s non-league baseball schedule with top-flight in-state competition. The night before the Eagles’ first post-spring break game against mighty Mountain Vista, he admitted experiencing a case of buyer’s remorse.

    But not even a 14-3 home loss to the Golden Eagles on April 1, which dropped Dakota Ridge to 0-4 against Colorado teams, could convince Legault to change his philosophy.

  • Vance’s approach is paying off

    BROOMFIELD — The goal for Gillian Vance in 2015, according to Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew, is to win a 5A state girls golf championship, and she’s going to do what she can to push for it. 

    That included having a hitting and putting mat in her home so that she could train during the winter months.

    It’s helped because Vance won a second straight 5A Jeffco League tournament to open the 2015 season, posting a 2-under-par 70 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. She won by four strokes over Zarena Brown of Pomona.

  • Rebels propelled by depth, youth

    LAKEWOOD — New faces are aplenty for the Columbine Lady Rebels with a first-year head coach in Sonorah Vinyard and a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s girls lacrosse team. 

    So there’s bound to be an adjustment period for all involved. But if the team’s 21-3 win over Conifer on April 2 at Trailblazer Stadium is any indication, there’s also a little team bonding going on.

  • At Red Rocks, hope and fellowship

    Hundreds lined the stairs leading to Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they waited for gates to open for the traditional Easter sunrise service at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

    By the time 5 a.m. arrived, the park was inundated with thousands of worshipers making their pilgrimage in the predawn gloaming.

    The Easter services, put on by the Colorado Council of Churches, have been a tradition since 1947. The event now draws more than 10,000 people to the iconic amphitheater before the sun rises on the Christian holy day.

  • Panelists ponder coverage of racial issues

    • Was an NAACP office in Colorado Springs actually the target of a homemade bomb that was detonated in January, or was the explosion meant for a nearby tax preparer’s office?

    • Why was 5-year-old JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996 covered in so much more detail than the rape and murder of a 9-year-old black girl two weeks later in a Chicago housing project?

  • Jeffco hoping to raise awareness of child abuse

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jeffco’s Human Services Division wants to raise awareness about an issue that affects every community.

    Mary Berg, Jeffco’s deputy director of human services, said the county wants to inform community members about the tools available to help combat and prevent child abuse.

  • Jeffco schools could receive less money from state

    Proposed cuts by lawmakers in the K-12 portion of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2015-16 state budget could mean that Jeffco Public Schools receives $17.5 million less than anticipated.

    Hickenlooper’s funding plan would have provided the district $37 million in state funds; $17.2 million of that would have gone toward ongoing costs, while $19.8 million would have been earmarked for one-time expenditures.

  • Fire guts two apartments, leaves several residents homeless

    A fire in an apartment complex in Littleton on Friday afternoon left several people homeless.

    The blaze broke out about noon at Verona Apartment Homes, 29831 W. Centennial Drive, just south of West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.

  • Budget compromise a fiscal feat

    On Feb. 18, the Colorado Senate presented the House of Representatives with a take-it-or-kill-it ultimatum on a spending bill for the Department of Public Safety. The disagreement centered on whether more funds should be made available to process criminal background checks for gun permits. At that point, it looked like developing a state budget was going to be a very difficult task.