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Today's News

  • Rebels persevere in ‘ugly’ victory

    LAKEWOOD — Grace Herring said Columbine’s perseverance paid off in a 2-1 double overtime victory against Lakewood on April 24 at Lakewood Memorial Field. If the Lady Rebels just kept shooting, they would eventually score.

  • Revenge is sweet for Koza at No. 1

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Grace Koza’s revenge was sweet. Unfortunately for Koza and her Chatfield teammates, the same was true for Ralston Valley.

  • School has its day in the sun as solar panels are switched on

    Even under cloudy skies last week, the future looked bright at Mackintosh Academy.

    The private school flipped the switch on 97 new solar panels that will provide up to 70 percent of the school’s electricity and save more than $285,00 over the next 30 years. Yet it wasn’t the energy or cost savings the panels will provide that drew hundreds to the gymnasium last Thursday.

  • Teachers union sues over pay-for-performance policy

    Jeffco’s teachers union is suing the school district over its divisive pay-for-performance policy, which is still in its first year.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s lawsuit, filed April 7 amid contract negotiations with the teachers, asserts that the district’s pay plan was unilaterally implemented without union input, and that it will cause irreparable harm to teachers’ interests. The suit also claims the policy violated an existing contract with the teachers.

  • School board member apologizes for Facebook post

    A school board member who publicly shared a link on Facebook calling for parents to protest Friday’s LGBT Day of Silence said she didn’t read the post before sharing it and feels “sickened” over its message.

    Board member Julie Williams shared a link April 15 from ultraconservative campaign website SaveCalifornia.com that urged parents across the U.S. to keep their kids home from public schools to protest “perverse indoctrination” by “sexually confused” students and teachers.

  • GOP chair withdraws from presentation to school district

    The chair of Colorado’s Republican Party decided not to participate in a Jeffco Public Schools panel on innovative practices in public education last week after the district was criticized for his involvement.

    State GOP chair Steve House was slated to make a presentation to the politically divided school board April 16 along with several other speakers, but withdrew his name April 12. The district received complaints from some members of the public, asking why House — whose career has been in health care technology — had been invited.

  • Commissioners learn about Open Space activities

    “We’re the closest foothills-and-mountain experience to the largest metro area in the state,” said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Open Space and Parks director.

    To help park visitors make decisions about which Open Space trails to use, they are rated according to difficulty, Hoby told the county commissioners on April 14.

  • Child abuse charges against bus driver are dropped

    The Jeffco district attorney has dropped child abuse charges against a school bus driver who was accused of grabbing a disruptive pre-teen by the throat in January.

    The DA on April 8 dismissed two misdemeanor child abuse charges against Littleton resident David Blanchard, citing a lack of evidence, said DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Kempe, Dozier retain seats on IREA board

    Both foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association retained their seats on the nonprofit power co-op’s board in this month’s election.

    Pine Junction resident Duke Dozier, whose district stretches from Kenosha Pass to Aspen Park and includes some parts of Castle Rock, outpolled his opponent by less than 350 votes.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe, who represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and Roxborough, retained his seat by a much larger margin.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS SOCCER
    Columbine rallies, wins rematch with Ralston Valley
    LAKEWOOD — Tatum Barton and Chloe Chapman scored a pair of second-half goals as defending 5A state champion Columbine rallied to knock off Ralston Valley 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s state title game on April 14 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Sarah Luebking made five saves for Columbine.

    The win was the Lady Rebels’ fourth straight.