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Today's News

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    What a drag

  • West Metro might shut down fire engine in Ken-Caryl

    West Metro Fire Rescue is considering shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area, along with reducing staff, to cut costs after voters rejected a tax increase in May.

    The proposed cuts, including shutting down the fire engine at Station 14 with its three firefighters in Ken-Caryl Ranch near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Street, would amount to $2.1 million in next year’s budget if the cuts are approved by the district's Board of Directors, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Mortensen Elementary turns 20

    By Stephanie Alderton

    Staff Writer

    Twenty years ago, the gym at Mortensen Elementary had pink walls before the school's first students came through the doors.

    Last Thursday afternoon it echoed with the voices of more than 400 students, staff and guests wishing happy birthday to the school. And the walls were a less-eye-popping gray.

  • Jeffco school board tables controversial curriculum committee

    The Jeffco Board of Education tabled last Thursday its proposal to create a curriculum committee tasked with evaluating the district’s Advanced Placement history class after heated discussion at the meeting and dissension from the PTA earlier in last week.

     “I have to say, I find this resolution chilling,” said board member Lesley Dahlkemper after reading the proposed guidelines for the committee.

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson 

     

     I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • Jarecki, Chargers stymie Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield coach Nicole Janssen and Brooks Roybal, her Columbine counterpart, bemoan their softball teams’ inconsistency this season. Fortunately for the Lady Chargers, that doesn’t necessarily apply to pitcher Jessica Jarecki.

  • Youth, sloppy play doom Rebels

    ARVADA — Four turnovers, only 10 men on the field, a snap over the punter's head. The brand of football the Columbine Rebels displayed Sept. 18 at the North Area Athletic Complex against fourth-ranked Ralston Valley was uncharacteristic to say the least.

  • Jarecki, Chargers stymie Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield coach Nicole Janssen and Brooks Roybal, her Columbine counterpart, bemoan their softball teams’ inconsistency this season. Fortunately for the Lady Chargers, that doesn’t necessarily apply to pitcher Jessica Jarecki.

  • Eagles’ Fox, Rebels qualify for 5A state

    Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra knew the situation. Though his Rebels were leading the 5A Central Region tournament at Green Valley Ranch through 12 holes, the lead was anything but safe. Teams, such as Regis Jesuit, Legacy, Arapahoe and Broomfield, were hot on their heels.

    “Everybody was leaking oil out there at the end. Even we started to leak oil,” Capra said.