Today's News

  • Thoughts on a post-party world

    If you think the political atmosphere has become more complicated lately, you’re right. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that fewer Americans are willing to call themselves Republicans or Democrats than ever before, leaving our once-binary system in a state of multilateral flux.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Life in the naked city

  • Falcons bound for regionals

    PARKER — A lot was on the line for the Front Range Christian Falcons heading into their District 8 semifinal match-up with Denver Christian. Win and the Falcons move on to the finals and play for a seed in the regional playoffs, but lose and their season ends.

    The spectators couldn’t have asked for a better game with so much on the line, but in the end John Ross came through for the Falcons, pitching a complete game and providing three RBIs in the Falcons’ 9-8 win over Crusaders on May 6 at Double Angel Field.

  • Chatfield charges through regionals

    Katherine Ross had good reason to be nervous about her final-round match with Bear Creek’s Alex Martinelli at the 5A Region 3 championship on May 5 at the Ken Caryl Ranch House. After all, it was Martinelli who soundly defeated her just three weeks earlier on the same court.

    But that was then and this was now. My how things changed in three weeks.

  • Columbine takes down Lions, again

    LAKEWOOD — On April 23, Columbine defeated Littleton, 8-2, at Invesco Field at Mile High to win the Littleton Cup tournament. Two weeks later, on May 6, Columbine and Littleton squared off again in the first round of the state boys lacrosse playoffs at Trailblazer Stadium with Columbine coming out on top again, this time by a score of 9-2.

  • Eagles rally from seven down, only to lose late

    The Dakota Ridge Eagles were sky high entering the top of the seventh inning, having come back from a seven-run deficit to take the lead against Ralston Valley.

    But after the game, they couldn’t have been lower as Ralston Valley catcher Nick McCasky hit a two-run home run off reliever A.J. Valerio to give the Mustangs a 9-8 win on May 4 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    “I just left it up. It was a bad pitch,” Valerio said.

  • Roundup: Mountain Vista puts quick end to Chatfield’s season

    Host Mountain Vista broke out for nine first-half goals en route to a 15-4 victory over Chatfield in the first round of the state boys lacrosse tournament on May 6 at Shea Stadium.

    Mitch Banich led the Chargers with two goals. Brady Hammond and Casey Kopchik also scored for Chatfield (7-9).

    Mountain Vista (12-4), seeded 10th, advanced to face seventh-seeded Mullen (8-7) in the second round on May 10. Results of that game weren’t available at press time.

  • Local school to require students to have iPads

    By Stephanie Harper

    For the Courier

    In earlier days, it wasn’t unusual for a student to bring her favorite teacher an apple. At Front Range Christian School, students will be keeping the apples themselves to feed their hunger for knowledge.

    The South Jeffco middle/high school will bring educational technology to a new level in the 2011-12 school year, when it will require each of its 400 students to have an iPad.

    D.J. Turner, spokeswoman for Front Range Christian, said teachers would decide how the iPads will be used in their classes.

  • Nella's Frozen Yogurt adds flavor and color to a frozen market

    At Nella’s Frozen Yogurt, owner Jennifer Allen has the backs of the soft-serve machines labeled with images of classic rock stars: Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons, Steve Perry and others.

    For utilitarian purposes, Allen could have simply adhered the softly churning units with letters, numbers or a banal combination of the two. But that, unlike the fluorescent splashes of color on the walls, wouldn’t be much fun.

  • Jeffco’s outlook on aging

    Jeffco’s burgeoning elderly population could force the county to help create more senior housing and public transportation in the coming years, a recently released study on aging shows.

    The three-year study, titled Aging Well in Jefferson County, was compiled on the premise that the number of residents 60 and over will double by 2030. It predicts heightened demand for civic-engagement programs and accessible information about programs such as Medicare.