Today's News

  • Foothills offering free mind-body exercise classes

    On Friday, the Foothills Park and Recreation District will give residents a chance to try several classes that focus on the connection between mind and body.

    Foothills will open up its yoga, tai chi, Pilates reformer and barre revolution classes for 20-minutes sessions. The free day lets residents sample different ways to exercise, said Tami Adams-Schlieman, fitness supervisor for Foothills.

  • Voter turnout, winning margins bigger than 2013

    Jeffco voters turned out in greater numbers for the Nov. 3 election than they did in 2013, when the now-ousted conservative school board majority was elected.

    According to the Jefferson County Elections office, 46.4 percent of the county’s 399,918 registered voters cast ballots last week.

    In 2013, when John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were elected, 43.2 percent of voters cast ballots. At the time, the county was home to 412,954 registered voters, the elections database shows.

  • Jeffco Open Space revises guidelines for events at parks

    To better manage events in its parks, Jeffco Open Space is establishing new guidelines, which the Open Space Advisory Committee reviewed on Nov. 5.

    Events attended by more than 200 people will be limited to five per year, with a maximum of one for each user type, said Dave Davenport, Open Space’s outdoor recreation coordinator.

    Also, events that fall on holidays or holiday weekends will not be considered, according to the revised park-permit guidelines.

  • Conservative board members approve $9,500 in bonuses for superintendent

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee will be paid $9,500 in bonuses after his first year of work, the outgoing school board decided on a 3-2 vote Nov. 5.

    McMinimee’s awards represent 24 percent of possible bonuses in his contract. The bonuses hinged on his meeting goals set by the district and the school board.

  • Quick Hits

    Chargers win finale

    Chatfield’s football team closed out its season with a 47-14 road victory Nov. 7 over Hinkley in a non-playoff game. The Chargers finished the season with a 3-7 record.

    Killeen places in all-around

    Columbine’s Nicole Killeen placed 42nd in the Class 5A individual all-around at the state gymnastics meet Nov. 6 at Thornton High School.

    Soccer season wraps up

  • D’Evelyn falls short on winning 3A Metro North title

    LAKEWOOD — Evergreen coach Rob Molholm had plenty of restless nights preparing for D’Evelyn senior quarterback Owen Burke.

    “Owen is a heck of a quarterback,” Molholm said “He gave me nightmares all week long. Boy, did he have me stressed.”

    Molholm’s defense was the ultimate cure for his anxiety heading into the showdown against D’Evelyn on Nov. 6 that determined the Class 3A Metro North League champion.

  • Columbine takes care of first-round business

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Having earned a No. 1 seed in the Class 5A football playoffs with a perfect regular season, Columbine couldn’t be blamed if it felt a bit of indignation at drawing Overland as its first-round opponent.

  • Eagles run the table in Plains League

    By Brian Miller — For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It had been 11 years since Dakota Ridge’s football team could claim a league championship of its own.

    That’s why last Thursday night’s victory carried an added sweetness to it. The Eagles overcame a bit of a slow start — at least by their standards — by erupting for five touchdowns in the second quarter on their way to a resounding 63-13 victory over Littleton on Nov. 5 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Chargers amped up

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s volleyball team celebrated Nov. 7 after claiming the Class 5A Region 1 title on the Chargers’ home court.

    However, the Chargers likely saved a little bit for a hopeful state championship party this coming Saturday night, Nov. 14, at the Denver Coliseum.

  • Shortwave enthusiast has long reach

    It’s rare when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaches Conifer, but it does happen.

    Earlier this year, tense Middle Eastern politics threatened to thwart the efforts of Conifer resident Tom Quinlan to make contact with a “ham” radio operator in every recognized nation.

    The 78-year-old Quinlan, a Vietnam veteran, has been a ham operator for 61 years, ever since his neighbor introduced him to the hobby when he was a teenager growing up in New Jersey.