Today's News

  • Author celebrates birthday with visit to Mortensen Elementary

    David Shannon was greeted by cheers, claps and the echo of hundreds of students at Mortensen Elementary School singing “Happy Birthday.”

    The author — perhaps best known for books like “No, David” and “David Gets in Trouble” — visited the South Jeffco elementary school last Thursday. As the visit happened to fall on his birthday, Mortensen chose to celebrate, and the aroma of a birthday sheet cake wafted through the halls.

  • Hopefuls for D1 commission seat differ on challenges ahead

    The candidates vying for the Jeffco commission’s District 1 seat both have their eyes on addressing the challenges posed by future growth, but the challenger said leading her agenda would be fixing a perceived lack of transparency between the county and its residents.

  • Peiffer cultivates real-life lessons

    The best way to teach children about sustainability and healthy living is to fully immerse them in the practice of it — at least that’s Peiffer Elementary School’s motto.

    The South Jeffco school began work on its community garden last Friday, and teachers, students and parents gathered at the school during the district’s fall break to help.

  • 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.

  • Rebels' path blocked by Mustangs

    DENVER — Gut-wrenching. Numbing. Speechless. Indescribable. Pick your description of choice because any and all of them could’ve characterized the Columbine Rebels on Oct. 14.

  • Columbine High graduate had key role in making of movie

    When “American Honey” hits the Esquire Theatre in Denver and the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton on Friday, South Jeffco residents may recognize a familiar name in the credits.

    Allison Rose Carter, a 2001 graduate of Columbine High School, worked as a line producer on the film, which is directed by Andrea Arnold and stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough.

    As a line producer, it was Carter’s job to work with the director, analyze the cost of the film, create a budget, hire the crew and help bring together the film’s larger elements.

  • Pair of Brookdale residents celebrate 104 years

    Alice Rudy and Juanita Barton both play the piano and love to dance. Both value time with their families and feel strongly about their faiths.

    But their similarities do not stop here. In fact, they merely begin. After Rudy celebrates a birthday Oct. 20, the next-door neighbors at Brookdale Assisted Living in Littleton will both be 104 years old.

    Still dancing