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Today's News

  • Foothills' Ward 4 candidates offer opinions, ideas

      The Columbine Courier is presenting a series of interviews with candidates for the upcoming 2010 elections. This week features written interviews with the three candidates running for the Ward 4 board seat in the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    The May 4 Foothills election is being conducted through mail-in ballots that will be sent to residents of Wards 3 and 4.

     

    Patrice Thomas

    Q: Why are you running for the Foothills board?

  • County to dedicate new park on May 6

    A dedication event for Jefferson County’s new Hildebrand Ranch Park will take place May 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the park.

    The dedication ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, where a shuttle will provide access to the park. Refreshments and music will be provided.

  • Meningitis kills senior at Dakota Ridge High School

    Bacterial meningitis has been confirmed as the cause in the death of a Dakota Ridge High student on April 22.

    The student has been identified as senior Jasmine Montoya, 17, who was only a month away from graduating and had plans to attend college.

    In the wake of the Montoya’s death, the school is balancing precautionary measures with helping a grieving student body.

  • Tigers pounce on Columbine

    Columbine swimming head coach Kristi Marosy knew her team was in for a long day against a very good Lakewood team.

    “They’re probably in the top three of the league this year in 5A,” Marosy said. “It’s gonna be a good meet and the guys are gonna give it all they got, but Lakewood’s a tough squad.”

    Columbine fell behind early, trailing 70-32 at the diving break and couldn’t catch up, despite a late charge, as they fell to the Tigers 152-121 on April 30 at Ridge Recreation Center.

  • Jeffco schools celebrate excellence at award ceremony

    Hundreds of students, teachers and family members packed the Lakewood High School auditorium April 21 for the school district’s annual Celebration of Excellence.

    More than a few South Jeffco faculty members and students were honored during the program, which also featured awards delivered by Deer Creek Middle School students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber, as well as Sheriff Ted Mink.

  • D’Evelyn keeps lights low, recycling awareness high on Earth Day

    Students at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School took a low-key approach to Earth Day, and during a day on which conserving energy is particularly apropos, turning off some of the building’s lights was a silent celebration.

    “I think that my generation has ruined the planet. And I think it’s up to this generation to fix the planet,” said assistant librarian Kim McSwain, who organized an Earth Day display in the library. “We only have one shot to do it.”

  • Lessons in government spending

    Two weeks ago, my kids returned home from school with new backpacks. The green bags — which more resembled re-usable grocery totes — touted the U.S. census, proclaiming “Be counted” in several languages, with a backdrop of multi-colored hands. 

  • Hamilton leads Rebels to tough win over ’Stangs

    ARVADA — Kristen Hamilton was either going to break something or break free April 30 against Ralston Valley.

    It turned out to be the latter.

    Hamilton highlighted a physical 80 minutes of soccer with a breakaway goal six minutes into the second half as the shorthanded Rebels held on for a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Mustangs at the North Area Athletic Complex.

    “I knew coming in it was going to be a physical game,” Hamilton said.

  • Liquor store worker again accused of selling to minors

    A liquor store employee on probation for selling alcohol to teenagers is accused of doing the same during an April 14 sting operation.

    Van Pham, a 47-year-old Westminster resident, was allegedly caught selling a bottle of Corona beer to an underage person working with police. Part of Pham’s probation from an earlier conviction specifies he is not allowed to work in a liquor store.

    The sale was allegedly made at Alameda Square Liquors, which is owned by Pham’s wife.

  • Chargers till Farmers

    LAKEWOOD — If it were baseball, Chatfield’s Greg Kelsic might have gotten a shaving créme pie in the face from his teammates for his standout performance and subsequent media attention.

    As it were, the senior just had to struggle through the sight of senior Nick Nedeau’s bare chest squished and rubbing up against the locker room window at Trailblazer Stadium.

    “We’re a real loose bunch,” Kelsic said.