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Today's News

  • McCasky resigns as head of economic development group

     Kevin McCasky has resigned as president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

    The former county commissioner, who had led the Golden-based economic development organization since 2011, stepped down effective March 2, according to the release. No reason was given for his departure.

  • South Jeffco Democrats throng caucuses

    Vehicles were circling a packed parking lot at Chatfield Senior High School in a futile search for an available space on Super Tuesday caucus night last week. And the high school gym was filled to capacity at the general gathering before precinct caucuses began for Jeffco Democrats.

    “We had an amazing turnout,” said Cheryl Cheney, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. “Our numbers exceeded our previous record in 2008.”

  • Dakota Ridge students develop enterprise to increase awareness of suicide risk

    Two seniors at Dakota Ridge High School have launched an enterprise designed to increase awareness of classmates who may be at risk of suicide.

    Working with teacher Rachel Caliga in their entrepreneurship class, Andrew Arney and Bobby Lloyd McConnell have developed a business plan called “Operation Upstream,” which includes products designed to prevent suicides.

    “We thought Operation Upstream would be a perfect business,” Arney said.

  • Correction

    A story in the March 2 edition of the Courier contained misleading information about wording on memorial plaques to be placed on benches at Clement Park. The board of the Foothills Park & Recreation District approved two references to verses in the New Testament of the Bible as content for the plaques. The actual quotations will not appear on the plaques.

  • D’Evelyn bows out to rival

    EVERGREEN — It felt like an end of an era as D’Evelyn’s girls basketball players filed out of their locker room March 4 at Evergreen High School.

    The Jaguars suffered a season-ending 49-26 loss to Jeffco rival Evergreen in the 4A Great 8 state tournament game. Not only did the loss close the season for D’Evelyn (16-10 record), but also it saw the likes of Lexi Reed and Aubrey Sotolongo walking off the basketball court together for the last time.

  • Dakota Ridge takes pride in another Sweet 16 appearance

    AURORA — It’s 2 minutes and 10 seconds Dakota Ridge’s basketball team would like back.

    The Eagles led 14-12 on No. 2 seed Regis with about five minutes to play in the second quarter March 2 at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora. The Raiders (22-4 record) suddenly went on a 11-0 run over 130 seconds to snag a 23-14 lead thanks to some Dakota Ridge (17-8) turnovers that led to some transition buckets for Regis.

  • Eight Eagle seniors battled through several changes

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Diane Thompson admits she wasn’t sure how her first year as Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball coach would go.

     “I didn’t know what I had. After that first week I thought, maybe we are OK,” Thompson said March 1 after the Eagles’ season ended at Highlands Ranch High School with a 70-41 loss. “It was kind of a rollercoaster season. I’ve got to give it to the kids. We aren’t very big. We are very crafty.”

  • Chatfield puts Jeffco back on 5A hoops map

    DENVER — It’s been awhile since Jeffco produced a contender for the Class 5A boys basketball state title.

    For more than a decade, no Jeffco team had even made it to the Final Four in the biggest classification of the boys hoops state tournament. Chatfield ended that drought March 5 with its 63-55 overtime victory against Cherry Creek in the Great 8.

  • Charging into the Final Four

    DENVER — The effort of the many outweighed the effort of the one March 5 at the Denver Coliseum.

    Chatfield’s boys basketball team used its depth and balance to outlast and overcome the remarkable individual performance of Cherry Creek senior Will Halfon. The Chargers reeled in a 63-55 overtime victory despite 38 points from Halfon.

  • Chatfield hoops advances to Final Four

    DENVER — It took Chatfield to work a little overtime, but for the first time since 1996 the Chargers advanced to the Final Four of the Class 5A boys basketball state tournament.

    The 5A Jeffco League champions defeated Cherry Creek 63-55 in overtime March 5 at the Denver Coliseum. In the Chatfield’s first trip to the Great 8 since 2001, the No. 2 seed Chargers outscored No. 4-seeded Bruins 13-5 in overtime to take the eight-point victory.