Today's News

  • SPECIAL SECTION: Optometrist seeing shift in her chosen profession

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Nicole Wellensiek grew up with an affinity for math and science.

    She considered a few routes in the health care industry, but, ultimately, optometry won out. Now, Wellensiek, 45, of Evergreen is one of two optometrists at Evergreen Vision Clinic.

  • SPECIAL SECTION: Tattoo shop owner making a living as an artist

    Editor's note: This story is part of a special section published in the Courier on March 1. The section highlights ten women working in traditionally male-dominated fields across Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.

    Lisa Kyle fills her life with art.

    Art covers her body and the walls of her tattoo shop. It ordains the outside of the hearse she drives.

    As a child born into a family of artists, Kyle, 60, had a natural artistic ability. She was constantly drawing.

  • CDOT contractor dies in Clear Creek Canyon accident

    A CDOT contractor died after falling in Clear Creek Canyon on Tuesday afternoon.

    Jaime Sarinana-Herrera, 40, was part of a crew doing rockfall mitigation work along U.S. 6 when the accident occurred. Sarinana-Herrera fell between 50-70 feet.

    The scene of the incident was initially investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The specific cause of the accident will be determined during a future OSHA investigation.

    The rockfall work included rock-scaling efforts, rock anchors and adding 285,000 square feet of wire mesh.

  • JCSO searching for suspects in coffee shop arson

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two suspects accused of lighting chairs on fire and shooting guns outside of Tomari’s Coffee in late January.
    The suspects were caught on surveillance video lighting furniture on fire outside of the Morrison coffee shop around 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Before putting out the flames, the video shows the men shooting their guns at the ignited furniture.

  • Realpolitik equals Fair Trade equals a new NAFTA

    Soon after the inauguration of President Trump, I wrote a column predicting that the tone and timber of his foreign policy would be that of Realpolitik. Certainly, the months since and the latest tariff pronouncement underscore the validity of this prognostication.

  • Shielded from their transgressions

    When the Colorado House of Representatives voted to expel Steve Lebsock, it ended a sorry saga, but did little to put to rest lingering discussions about sexual harassment at the State Capitol.
    After Lebsock was accused of sexual harassment by a fellow lawmaker, several other complaints against legislators were filed. Four additional complaints were filed against Lebsock and complaints were filed against one other representative and three senators.

  • No. 4 Rebels’ lacrosse nets win over Grandview

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s boys lacrosse first-year coach Henry Sulzbacher might have been the most nervous person on Friday at Trailblazer Stadium.

    “Tons of nerves,” Sulzbacher admitted about his feelings coming into his first game coaching the No. 4 ranked team in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A boys lacrosse pre-season rankings. “With so much talent, it’s like the scariest position. I think we are really good. We came out firing, so that eased the nerves a little bit.”

  • Rebels’ girls soccer loses season opener to Grizzlies

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine kicked off its girls soccer season against Highland Ranch’s ThunderRidge Thursday night at Lakewood Memorial Stadium. The Grizzlies won 2-1.

    After almost 30 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Columbine girls team took advantage of its opponent’s fatigue and scored a header goal off a corner kick.

    The ThunderRidge Grizzlies answered with a goal of their own seven minutes later, and the Rebels lost in overtime after ThunderRidge’s Maddie Duren scored off a penalty kick.

  • The enemy within

    Recently my son and I watched the movie “The Darkest Hour” about Winston Churchill. We enjoyed it a great deal and, of course, came away with the realization that were it not for the leadership of Churchill World War II most likely would’ve had a different ending.

  • Where have all the adults gone?

    This is, indeed, a critical time for our country. Instances of incomprehensible violence are leveraged to produce an intended political agenda.
    Traumatized and grieving victims are given no time for healing. Rather, their very personal post-traumatic stress is sensationalized and publicized. Children are being used by adults to further an agenda, an agenda that is in direct conflict with the U.S. Second Amendment.