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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Rebels dominate Douglas Co., improve record to 3-0
    LAKEWOOD
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of 48-yarders, as Columbine improved to 3-0 with a 48-7 homecoming victory over Douglas County on Sept. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Noah Thompson rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, while Ceasar Lopez and Michael Burns also rushed for scores for the Rebels (3-0).
    Douglas County got its lone score on a 17-yard, second-quarter run by Trey Smith.

  • Library’s search for new exec director stalls

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The top candidate for the executive director position at the Jefferson County Public Library declined an offer last week, leading the board of trustees to extend interim director Pam Nissler’s term.

    Several of the trustees gave widely varying accounts of the hiring process, leaving no clear answer about whether the board extended an official job offer to Cynthia Kolaczynski, deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District.

  • 10 years later, pain and remembrance

    Whether they were in Colorado or New York on Sept. 11, 2001, people came to Red Rocks on Sunday to walk the stairs and remember the first-responders, friends and family who died on that tragic day.

    Approximately 3,000 firefighters and community members from 22 states participated in the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. People climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • Jeffco Human Services ordered to repay block-grant funds

    The federal government required Jefferson County Human Services to pay back nearly $100,000 in stimulus money earlier this year, after an audit revealed 33 job-training recipients were ineligible to receive funds in 2009.

    The funds were disbursed to Jeffco’s workforce development program under a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some county employees apparently misunderstood the grant’s guidelines and awarded paid internships to applicants whose income was up to twice as high as the maximum amount allowed.

  • A family of Eagles

    The dotted lines dividing the 1.4-mile path around Johnson Reservoir in Clement Park have been repainted three times since 1996, thanks to the Osieczanek family’s Eagle Scout progeny.

    Since Kevin and Cindy Osieczanek’s son Aric started Cub Scouts in 1989, the proud parents have since seen graduations of all five of their sons — and even a son-in-law — as Eagle Scouts.

  • Columbine grad riding bike across Japan to help victims of quake, tsunami

    Columbine High School graduate Dylan Jacoby was only five minutes into his cross-Japan bicycle tour on July 24 when he hit a bump in the road and ruptured a tire beyond repair.

    The rough start temporarily deflated his spirits, but it was actually one of the most important moments in his self-motivated 2,000-mile ride to raise money for tsunami and earthquake victims.

    Knowing little Japanese, Jacoby simply smiled and tried to put forth good spirits during a two-hour car ride to the nearest town with a bicycle shop.

  • County considers hefty charges to access public records

    The Jefferson County commissioners may soon be charging up to $50 an hour for access to certain public records.
    If approved, a revision to Jeffco’s policy manual would allow the county to charge the public for the time it takes staff to collect and occasionally redact documents, including the commissioners’ e-mails.
    Currently, the commissioners charge the public only for hard copies of documents, usually 25 cents per page after the first five pages.

  • REBEL BALL: PATH TO STATE

    Columbine Courier sports editor Michael Hicks and photo editor Matthew Jonas are following head coach Andy Lowry’s Columbine Rebels from the start of practice throughout the 2011 season, a year after a 9-2 season and a disappointing second-round playoff loss. We will follow the Rebels throughout the season and the work that goes into it. Second in a series.

  • Chatfield fends off furious late Conifer rally

    CONIFER — For all of the third and most of the fourth set, the Chatfield Lady Chargers were in control. Victory, seemingly, appeared inevitable. And eventually it was secured, but not before the host Conifer Lady Lobos made a furious rally that threatened to force their Sept. 8 volleyball match into a decisive fifth set.
    Luckily for Chatfield it had Grace Newkirk and Megan Bohn to pull it through.

  • Columbine's Cox places second in all-around

    Senior Ashley Perry won two events and took second in another, leading undefeated Evergreen to a seven-point victory at the Columbine Invitational.
    Perry won the floor exercise and the vault with identical 9.05 scores, and took second place in the beam (8.550).
    “She is a great addition to our team,” Evergreen head coach Marnie Bello said. “Not only because of her talent, but because of her leadership, commitment, and hard work she brings to the table.”