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Today's News

  • Ken-Caryl 10-11 All-Stars fall to Academy

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Resilience. Despite trailing 8-0 approaching its final at-bat in the District 5 Little League 10-11  tournament at Arapahoe Little League field, the Ken-Caryl squad never wavered from its objective: Play hard to the end. That it did.

    The first four hitters in the inning reached base, but it was not enough as Ken-Caryl lost to Academy of Colorado Springs in the double-elimination game 8-3 on July 10.

  • Cherry Creek’s sizzling start befuddles Ken-Caryl early

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — The Ken-Caryl Little League 9-10 all-stars learned the hard way that momentum can be capricious. One day it’s there, the next it’s vanished.

  • Rain, location change does KCLL no favors

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Mother Nature did the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors no favors in the District 5 tournament. In fact, she literally helped the defending champions get washed out with a pair of losses on July 13.

    And coach Brian Berland was none too happy about how a July 12 rainout in Colorado Springs resulted in KCLL playing its second game the next day against a Cherry Creek team making its only appearance.

  • Spotlight shines on linemen at Hog Olympics

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Talk about hog heaven: five-man teams competing in a truck push, tug-o-war, tire-flip relay, tire toss, 150-pound bench press repetitions and a dummy-carry relay.

    It doesn’t get any better for offensive and defensive linemen. The guys who often toil in anonymity had their day in the scorching sun at the Hog Olympics on July 11 at Heritage High School.

    Unlike their skill-player counterparts, summer competitions are few and far between for the grunts.

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Library bubble demonstration has kids' eyes popping

    Littleton kids got the inside scoop on bubbles recently — by getting inside them.

    Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler brought her "bubble-ology" presentation to Bemis Public Library on July 1, demonstrating how to make unbreakable bubbles, educational bubbles — and how to put a youngster inside a bubble. 

    Winkler uses everything from granny curlers, pasta strainers, fly swatters and coat hangers to create her bubbles, eliciting “oohs and aahs” from the youngsters, who don't always manage to stay seated during the performance.

  • ‘Food, cold beer and friends’

    A sea of blankets and lawn chairs covered Clement Park as thousands waited for the night sky to be illuminated with fireworks on July 3. 

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Red, White & You celebration drew a massive crowd looking to start the July Fourth holiday early. Despite some evening rain showers, the event drew an estimated 30,000-35,000 people. 

    The evening featured live music, kids games, food vendors and a 15-minute-long fireworks display that capped the night’s entertainment. 

  • New superintendent determined to find common ground

    Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he's determined to build bridges and develop relationships.

    The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff — and letting them get to know him.

  • City’s ban on sales of recreational pot made permanent

    The Littleton City Council has banned sales of recreational marijuana and commercial growing operations in the city.

    The council, on a 4-3 vote July 1, made permanent a temporary moratorium on retail sales and growing operations that had been in place since October 2013. That moratorium was set to expire this October. 

    Council members Bruce Beckman, Debbie Brinkman, Randy Stein and Bruce Stahlman voted in favor of the ban. 

  • Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot

    A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.

    Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required.