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Today's News

  • ‘Back to the drawing board’

    A group of Chatfield High students watched a year’s worth of work go up in flames when a SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station exploded after liftoff on June 7.

    The unmanned Falcon rocket was carrying an experiment developed last school year by the Chatfield students that was designed to produce rocket fuel in space using algae.

    The Chatfield experiment was one of nine from schools across the country that was on its way, along with several tons of supplies, to the astronauts on the space station.

  • Top dogs

    A rescue dog can zero in on a missing person in an area it would take 30 humans to search, tracking the scent from almost a quarter-mile away.

    So it was no surprise when Koert and Maui, two border collies with Search And Rescue Dogs Of Colorado, found two kids hiding in Bemis Library in just five seconds.

    Koert and Maui, along with trainer Marcia McMahon, were at Bemis on July 1 to demonstrate to dozens of first- through fifth-graders why dogs are such good trackers and how people like McMahon train them.

  • Local business delivers a hot commodity

    Danny Cash Hot Sauce is a business that does things its own way.

    Or as hot sauce guru Danny Cichon — who prefers to be called “Danny Cash” — puts it: “We step in our own direction.”

  • Pot testing could be allowed in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s commissioners are leaning toward allowing marijuana testing operations in the county, but it appears unlikely that grow operations, manufacturing or retail sales will be permitted anytime soon.

    The commissioners are discussing how, if at all, the county should get involved in the recreational marijuana industry. In interviews, all three commissioners indicated support for allowing operations to test marijuana for potency, chemical composition and contaminants such as mold.

  • Tiny Town marks an enormous milestone: 100 years

    A sunny Saturday morning in Morrison provided the moment 3-year-old Gus Solomon had been waiting for: time to ride the train at Tiny Town, the mountain area’s enduring mecca of miniatures.

    Gus lives in California but has visited Tiny Town a couple of times when his parents have been in town. The Solomons had arrived in Colorado a few days earlier.

  • 2015 spring sports all-conference boys swimming

    The following are 2015 all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for boys swimming:

  • Lions working on continuity after first season in 4A Jeffco

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Legion B baseball is all about building for the next high school season. It’s also all about mixing and matching.

    Littleton High School’s American Legion Post 103 team is no different, and if results through the first week of July are indicative, coach Micah Bernhardt’s team is successful on both counts.

  • Camp builds a fun foundation

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Jamie Smith figured he’d get a leg up on future Chatfield basketball hopefuls by attending Gary Anderson’s Basketball Boot Camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8 on June 29-30 at Chatfield Senior High.

    One of three eighth-graders and the only one destined to attend Chatfield, Smith saw the camp as another way to become indoctrinated to the way things are done in the Charger boys’ program, for which Anderson is Steve Schimpeler’s top assistant coach.

  • Holiday fetes set in Littleton, South Jeffco

    For two days this weekend, South Jeffco and Littleton will celebrate our country’s independence with music, food and prodigious pyrotechnics.

    Foothills Park and Recreation’s Red, White & You kicks off the Fourth of July weekend at 5 p.m. Friday. The festival is staying true to what attendees have enjoyed in the past, said Regina Smith, arts director for Foothills.

    “We’re really sticking with the same formula that has been working well, since we keep hearing how much everyone from the community loves it,” Smith said.

  • You can teach an old bar new tricks

    For decades, the Columbine Lounge has been an old standby in South Jeffco. But in June it became the site of a new dream.

    The 40-year-old establishment at 7660 S. Pierce St. was bought by Cheryl Gonska on June 1. The former lunch lady at Jeffco Schools fulfilled a 17-year-old dream to own her own bar and traded in a younger clientele for one of legal drinking age.