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Today's News

  • County's text-message service answers teens' questions about sexual health

    A new system being used by Jeffco Public Health to answer teens’ questions about sexual health via text-message is already proving to be quite popular. 

    After being online for only three days, the Go Ask TISH program had already received more than 100 questions about sex and sexual health, said Kelly Conroy, Jeffco’s public health nurse supervisor. 

    “We’ve had a great response since it has launched,” Conroy said. “We really wanted to increase our outreach to teens and young adults.”

  • Test of new emergency notification system scores 74 percent

    A test of the county’s new emergency notification system is being considered a success, after it reached out to more than 347,000 phone numbers across Jeffco and Broomfield, along with parts of Adams, Douglas and Clear Creek counties. 

    The test, which took five hours on Feb. 6, successfully connected to about 74 percent of the registered telephone numbers, a high mark, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • All heart: Couple renew vows at the end of a difficult year

    Scott Stanley gently placed his left arm around wife Heather’s shoulder as the minister began a sermon about the many forms that true love can take. As the sermon progressed, Heather moved closer into her husband’s embrace.

    Sunday’s sermon held special meaning for the couple as they listened with the rest of the congregation at Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church. Heather and Scott, along with two other couples, were renewing their wedding vows. 

  • Jeffco debates approach to recreational pot

    As the state grapples with the voters’ decision last November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by approving Amendment 64, questions loom for Jefferson County as well.

    Currently the state is trying to create a regulatory framework for the use and sale of recreational marijuana. And the committee tasked with creating rules and regulations is working against a July 1 deadline. 

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Tete a tete a trois

  • Sports briefs

    ICE HOCKEY
    Despite 51 saves from Owston Eagles fall to host Aspen
    ASPEN
    — Host Aspen got goals from Colter Robinson and Willy Doremus en route to a 2-0 victory over Dakota Ridge on Feb. 15 at the Lewis Ice Arena.
    The loss ended Dakota Ridge’s season with a 5-13-1 record and nine points in the Foothills Conference.
    Eagles goaltender Joey Owston made 51 saves in net.

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Hyde, Columbine extend winning streak to six games

  • Chargers stave off Kent, get help to reach playoffs

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    DENVER — Their name has been slotted into the bracket, and at this point, that’s all that matters.
    Chatfield hockey beat Kent Denver 4-3 on Feb. 13 at Big Bear Ice Arena to help secure a playoff spot in the state tournament.
    The Chargers lost two nights later at Monarch 8-1, but through a series of tiebreakers beat out Summit and Battle Mountain for the final playoff slot. All three schools finished with 11 points in Foothills Conference play.

  • Thayer headed to state, takes 2nd at regionals

    Chatfield 132-pounder Jake Thayer will represent the Chargers at the 5A state tournament after placing second at the Region 1 tournament Feb. 16 at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora.
    Thayer won a trio of matches to reach the finals, including an ultimate tiebreaker victory over Eaglecrest’s Jake Dugan in the semifinals. In the championship bout, Thayer was upended by a 3-0 decision by Pomona’s Raymond Robledo.
    A pair of other Chargers — Sam Hebert at 160 pounds and Wilson George at 195 — placed fifth.

  • Rebels duo not content with 2nd

    WESTMINSTER — Karl Breidenbach paced back and forth the frustration growing with every step. His Columbine teammate Brian Mayberry slammed his head gear down after his first loss of the season.
    And this was after the regional finals and having already qualified for state.

  • Chargers come up clutch late

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    It was redemption. A gym silencer, a knockout blow and a game-winning shot all wrapped into one.
    Chatfield’s Brenden Mann hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in a tied game against Dakota Ridge to propel the Chargers to a 65-62 win over the Eagles on Feb. 14.
    Mann shot two air balls earlier in the second half and the home crowd, littered with Dakota Ridge students, let him hear it the rest of the way. That is until he buried the eventual game-winner good for the last laugh.