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Today's News

  • QUICK HITS

    All-state girls soccer

    Columbine High School’s Tatum Barton and Brittany Wilson were first-team all-state selections in voting done by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

    Barton, a senior forward, scored 13 goals this season, third-best on the team.

    Wilson, a senior goalkeeper, had a goals-against average of 0.6 in 19 games. She averaged about two and a half saves per outing.

    Columbine’s Kelcey Cavarra, a senior midfielder, was a second-team selection. She scored eight goals and added 12 assists.

  • Chatfield's Pearson wraps up prep career with all-star appearance

    By Steve Smith, For the Courier

    ALAMOSA — There was just enough time in Cameron Pearson’s calendar to squeeze in two more high-school basketball games at Adams State University over the weekend.

  • Health should not be a political football

    For many years prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I was an active and vocal proponent of universal health care. It always seemed to me that socializing our health risks worked better when everyone was part of the pool. I supported requirements at both the state and federal levels for people to have health insurance.

  • Thunder can’t steal the show at Clement Park concert

    The rain and lightning held off long enough for more than 800 people to enjoy a Thursday night out at Clement Park listening to folk duo Moors & McCumber. The pair played as part of the Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Summer Entertainment Series.

  • Museum event cultivates interest in farming techniques of 1860s

    By Geraldine Smith, For the Courier

    The spring day dawned warm and clear, a perfect morning for plowing and planting at the Littleton Museum on Saturday.

  • Para-educator wins award

    Anne Bitsie, an instructional paraprofessional at Rooney Ranch Elementary School, has received the 2016 Colorado Educational Support Professional of the Year award from the Colorado Education Association.

    An employee at Rooney Ranch since 2007, Bitsie works with kindergartners and has three kids who all attended the school since 1999.

  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Following is a list of new leaders at South Jeffco schools at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

    • Thomas Burns, principal at Falcon Bluffs Middle School

    • Susan Borzych, principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School

    • Sandy Burch, principal at Blue Heron Elementary School

  • By the numbers: Looking back at the 2016 spring season

    Between the postponements and cancelations caused by rough weather this past prep spring season, there were still some great accomplishments by student-athletes in South Jeffco.

    2012

    The last year Dakota Ridge’s baseball team made it to the eight-team Class 5A state tournament before advancing to the double-elimination tournament this spring.

  • Learning life’s toughest lessons

    Dakota Ridge graduate Mekayla May, the school’s IB valedictorian, sits on a bench outside the building, wearing a dark blue shirt emblazoned with the name of her future college, Emory University, which has granted her a full-ride scholarship. 

    Mekayla is looking forward to a bright future. But she’ll never forget the dimmer days in her past.

  • Volunteers work on new trail segment at Matthews/Winters Park

    "If not me, who? If not now, when?”

    This adage often is a motivator for those called to action, whether that’s something as monumental as military service or as simple as trail-building.

    On Saturday, at least, it was the latter for about 90 volunteers who participated in a National Trails Day event at Jeffco Open Space’s Matthews/Winters Park.