Today's News

  • Jeffco officials lift fire ban

    Vegetation in Jeffco is moist enough again for officials to lift a countywide fire ban.

    The fire ban was lifted at 8 a.m. Tuesday on all unincorporated areas in Jefferson County, including all federal land.

    Clear Creek County could also lift its fire ban soon, said Sheriff Rick Albers.

    Current and predicted weather conditions have reduced the threat of wildfire in Jefferson County, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

  • Homecoming disappoint for Chatfield

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor


    LAKEWOOD — It was good to be a junior tailback Sept. 25 at Jeffco Stadium.

    In a Class 5A Jeffco League football battle between Bear Creek and Chatfield, a pair of junior running backs put up some monster numbers on a night when the Chargers were celebrating their homecoming. The Bears, led by junior running back Andre Renteria, outlasted Chatfield (1-3, 0-2 in league) for a 35-21 victory.

  • Tait to take swing at state

    Craig Harper - For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Confidence won’t be lacking for Columbine’s Marcus Tait and Evergreen as they head to the Oct. 5 and 6 state golf championships.

     “I think I have a great chance of winning,” said Tait, the Rebels’ lone qualifier for the 5A tournament at Fort Collins Country Club.

  • Hume has top-5 finish

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LITTLETON — Fall has arrived on the calendar, but temperatures in the mid-80s faced the 48 cross country teams from across the state that took part in the 16th annual Dave Sanders Invitational.

    “It was really hot,” Evergreen senior Matt Kline said after finishing as the runner-up in the D2 boys varsity race Sept. 25 at Clement Park. “I was a little worried about it, but I didn’t want it to get me down. I just went out and ran my race.”

  • Eagles get bounce-back win

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge senior Connor Neyen looked like he was trying to hail a cab while streaking down the middle of the field Sept. 24 at Jeffco Stadium.

     “Hopefully he (Eagles’ quarterback Adam Clary) saw me,” Neyen said about waving his arm on the eventual 49-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter. “He threw it up, and I just had to make a play on it.”

  • Column: Passion for prep sports

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    My days of being mistaken for a ball boy on the sidelines of a high school football game are long gone.

    However, my enthusiasm for covering prep sports has never faded. I jumped at the chance when presented with the opportunity to become the new sports editor at the Columbine Courier, High Timber Times, Canyon Courier and Clear Creek Courant. Telling stories of student-athletes, coaches and teams through the written word and photos is what I was born to do.

  • Rebels run over Ralston

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Nearing the midway point of the regular season, Columbine’s defense looks like a well-oiled machine.

    The Rebels (4-0, 2-0 in Class 5A Jeffco League) nearly pulled off a third straight shutout Sept. 24 against Ralston Valley (3-1, 1-1) in what was one of the most anticipated prep football games on the docket last week.

    “With our defense, it’s assignments, keys and execute,” Columbine senior linebacker Nick Stout said after a 21-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Tori Merritts, candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

    Merritts, who served on the school board from 1994 to 2003, is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s seat in District 4, which is up for election this year. Also contending for the spot is former teacher Amanda Stevens. Merritts is concerned about the possibility of having a completely untested board this fall as a result of three board members facing a recall.

  • Jefferson County officials enact fire ban

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    Last Thursday, Jeffco officials announced a fire ban because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in must be in existing fire grates at parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

    • Smoke anywhere other than an enclosed car or building, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of combustible material.

    • Do anything else that produces a spark or flame.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.