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Today's News

  • Alternatives to building new schools considered

    If Jeffco school board members don’t want to spend money on new buildings and renovations, there are alternatives to deal with crowded schools like Rooney Ranch Elementary — but district COO Steve Bell isn’t crazy about them.

    Alternative solutions to anticipated crowding at schools like Rooney Ranch could include installing temporary classrooms in the short term, and taking more drastic measures over the long term.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Jeffco, Ken-Caryl eye land swap

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has given initial approval to a potential land swap with the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District that could lead to a new trail in the Ken-Caryl area that connects multiple trails in Jeffco.

    Under the deal, Jeffco Open Space would deed over the property on which the district’s community center is located in exchange for a trail easement along the Hogback from the Ken-Caryl Master Association, said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Parks and Open Space director.

  • CDOT gathers input on noise ahead of C-470 expansion

    The Colorado Department of Transportation has asked residents near C-470 how traffic noise should best be mitigated once the highway is widened.

    At two public meetings Feb. 10 and 11, CDOT presented findings on possible noise increases from the planned addition of lanes between Interstate 25 and Kipling Street. As part of the federally mandated process, CDOT and the developers of the C-470 toll-lane project were required to conduct noise testing along the corridor and propose possible mitigation plans.

  • Controlled burn planned Tuesday in Waterton Canyon

    A controlled burn in the Waterton Canyon area was planned for Tuesday afternoon.

    The Colorado State Patrol’s Twitter feed warned residents in the Ken-Caryl area that they might see smoke from the burn. There was no mention of the burn on social media by West Metro Fire Rescue.

    Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.

  • Sports briefs

    WRESTLING
    Chargers’ Erickson headed to 5A state championships
    BROOMFIELD — Chatfield’s Andrew Erickson is headed to the 5A state wrestling championships.

    Erickson (31-11) placed fourth at 160 pounds in the 5A Region 1 tournament, held Feb. 13-14 at Legacy High School.

  • Littleton qualifies two for 4A state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    GOLDEN — After coming oh-so-close to qualifying for recent 5A state wrestling tournaments, Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela were poised to take advantage of Littleton’s drop to 4A this season.

    They did so to near-perfection by advancing to the finals of the 4A Region 4 tournament Feb. 13-14 at Golden High School. They’ll head to their first state meet as the region’s No. 2 seeds after bowing to top seeds in the 132- and 285-pound divisions.

  • Eagles avenge earlier loss to Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys basketball team defeated the Lakewood Tigers, 65-44, on Feb. 13 at Lakewood High School.

    The sixth-ranked Eagles knew they would have to bring their ‘A’ game after losing to Lakewood at home on Jan. 26. Dakota Ridge, which also was coming off a loss to Chatfield two days prior, was focused on maintaining a strong defensive game.

  • Hobbs leaves her mark at state

    Averly Hobbs wasn’t feeling her best heading into the 5A state girls swimming and diving championships on Feb. 13-14 at Fort Collins’ Edora Pool Ice Center. The Chatfield senior battled the flu all week leading up to the meet. But by the end, she had plenty to be appreciative about.

  • Alternatives to building new schools considered

    If Jeffco school board members don’t want to spend money on new buildings and renovations, there are alternatives to deal with crowded schools like Rooney Ranch Elementary — but district COO Steve Bell isn’t crazy about them.

    Alternative solutions to anticipated crowding at schools like Rooney Ranch could include installing temporary classrooms in the short term, and taking more drastic measures over the long term.