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Today's News

  • School year brings about change, hope

    Today — Thursday, Aug. 17 — is the first day of school in Jefferson County, and my wife and I know it all too well. Goodbye, sleeping in until the weekend comes.
    OK, it’s not that bad. I don’t get that much sleep as it is. But with two school-aged children — one still in elementary school and another a year away from high school (gulp!) — the next nine months will be an assortment of running around to get kids to and from where they need to be, juggling homework assignments and finding that work-life balance.

  • Two-car accident shut down C-470 eastbound late Wednesday

    A two-car accident shut down eastbound C-470 on Wednesday night for more than two hours.

    The Colorado State Patrol received a call at 10:41 p.m. According to Trooper Josh Lewis, a 2016 Hyundai sedan hit a 2002 GMC pickup truck, but specifics on what caused the crash aren't yet known.

    The driver of the sedan, a 37-year-old female, and the driver of the truck, a 30-year-old male, both were transported to Littleton Hospital. Neither has been identified at this time. Their injuries were minor, but the condition of both is unknown.

  • Dakota Ridge golf finishes 10th in 4A/5A Jeffco League Tournament

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Dakota Ridge’s Joey Ashley qualified — barely — for his first 5A state boys golf tournament last year. That might be sufficient enough for some sophomores, but not for Ashley. He said his 82nd-place finish after rounds of 87 and 89 was a disappointment, considering he averaged 81 during the season.

    Understandably, Ashley has higher expectations for 2017.

  • D’Evelyn golf finishes seventh in 4A/5A Jeffco League tournament opener

     By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Considering that the 4A Jeffco League produced three of the top seven teams at last year’s boys state tournament, D’Evelyn’s fifth-place finish in conference play wasn’t too shabby.

    The best part for the Jaguars is they return 75 percent of their four-man regional team, a group that sent three into a four-way playoff for the final state-tournament berth.

  • Chatfield golf finishes ninth in opening Jeffco tournament

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    As Chatfield boys basketball coach, winning has been the standard for Steve Schimpeler. Four of his five teams have won 5A Jeffco League titles (three unbeaten) and have won at least 20 games.

    But when the fall sports season rolls around, it’s sometimes been a different story for the man in charge of the boys golf team. The 2016 Chargers finished seventh in the 5A Jeffco League’s series of tournaments, and Chatfield failed to send an individual to the state tournament.

  • For FRCHS golf, playing in new conference a challenge

    After making the move from 2A to 3A in boys golf, Front Range Christian has had some adjustments to make whenever it approaches its competition, but that hasn’t deterred the team’s spirit on the green.

  • Columbine golf finishes eighth in 4A/5A Jeffco League tournament opener

    By Craig Harper

    For the Courier

    Long-familiar names atop the boys golf program at Columbine are gone. Tim Capra stepped down after 16 years as the head coach, and his replacement, Cory Olsen, doesn’t have a Marcus Tait on his 2017 roster.

     “It’s a new era," said Olsen, an administrator at Columbine and volunteer assistant for Capra the last two years.

  • CASA to host annual fund-raising gala

    Court-Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties is hoping to raise $120,000 at its upcoming A Night for CASA fund-raising gala, which will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Denver Marriott West.

    CASA volunteers help abused and neglected children have a sense of security and constancy while their cases are in the court system. During its past fiscal year, the program served 400 children with 250 active volunteers.

  • Saunders living the good life as small part of the Rockies

    Growing up in Wheat Ridge, Reed Saunders always had a special love for sports, but the D’Evelyn High School graduate never imagined it would land him a job with the Colorado Rockies someday.
    Now, his duties as a public announcer for the team have become, well, heavenly.
    “As a PA announcer, you’re like the voice of God,” Saunders said. “You’re overheard, but you’re never seen. You’re not out on stage. You’re just heard everywhere; you’re behind the curtain. You’re the wizard, so to speak.”

  • Our Readers Write

    President Trump is no deal maker
    Editor:
    President Trump was elected largely because he is a deal maker, someone who can get things done.
    So it is surprising that there is no new health care legislation. One can try to blame the media or the Democrats, but that would be disingenuous. President Trump stressed that he could make deals with everyone.