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Today's News

  • Chatfield State Park enacts fire ban

    Chatfield State Park has implemented the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office stage 2 fire ban due to the continuing high fire danger.

    The fire ban prohibits any open burning, including campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fireworks and any other type of open flame. Smoking is also prohibited, except in an enclosed vehicle or while stopped in an area of at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all combustible material.

  • Batter up!

    By Chelsy Woods Klein

    For the Courier

    Pete Van Gulick is a big hit with his daughters — because he has given them a year-round training facility to practice their hitting.

    Van Gulick realized that his daughters’ passion for softball was being hindered by two things — they couldn’t practice year-round, and typical batting cages did not provide a realistic hitting experience. His solution was to insert a new option into the lineup: RALI Fastpitch at South Kipling and West Bowles.

  • Motor vehicle deaths decrease in Jefferson County

    The Jefferson County coroner’s office investigated 1,043 of the 3,673 deaths reported in the county in 2010, numbers on par with previous years.

    Though the number of accidental deaths, homicides and natural deaths fluctuated little among recent records, the number of motor vehicle deaths — 40 — is low by historical figures. But among accidental deaths, the coroner’s office has noticed increased abuse of prescription drugs leading to lethal overdoses. Additionally, the number of suicides rose slightly from prior years.

  • Lockheed Martin unveils Orion, giant simulator

    Lockheed Martin has unveiled its new Space Operations Simulation Center and the first Orion spacecraft, and both projects are slated to help America reach for the stars — or at least a few nearby moons.

    On Monday at the company’s Waterton Canyon facility, members of the media toured the cavernous simulator and got a close-up look at the first Orion spacecraft.

    The Orion project is on schedule, according to John Karas, vice president for human space flight at Lockheed.

    “Orion is preparing to fly,” Karas said.

  • A new look for South Jeffco?

    Future redevelopment of aging South Jeffco commercial space is likely to shift away from sprawl, melding condos with coffee shops and apartments with art galleries, a new draft of the community plan indicates.

  • The sound of success

    During his flights from Denver to New York and Los Angeles, Dakota Ridge High School student Graham Stookey has more on his mind than most of his peers.

    As many of his fellow seniors begin stressing about prom dates and college acceptance letters, Graham is negotiating terms with record labels on both coasts, choosing a deal that could help solidify his musical career and make him a household name.

  • Rebels’ depth proves to be key

    Depth is key in team swimming and the Columbine Rebels have depth.

    It was on display as the Rebels won their second dual meet of the season March 18 at the Ridge Recreation Center, beating Standley Lake, 146-136, despite taking first place in only three of the 12 varsity events.

    Columbine had seven second-place and six third-place finishes to gain a good deal of its points and take the win in what truly was a team effort, which is just what head coach Kristi Marosy wants.

  • Eagles learning as they go along

    LAKEWOOD — Elise Eppard was playing at No. 3 singles a year ago. This year, she’s at No. 1. Then there’s Becca Meyer, Dakota Ridge’s No. 2 singles player. She was a part of the Lady Eagles’ No. 4 doubles team in 2010.

  • Kincaid rules 3,200 at ThunderRidge Invitational

    This looks familiar.

    Though Dakota Ridge had the strength in numbers in the boys’ 3,200-meter run March 19 at the ThunderRidge Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, Columbine had William Kincaid.

    Just like he did at October’s 5A state cross country championships, Kincaid chased down a first-place finish ahead of his Dakota Ridge counterparts, winning the two-mile race in 9 minutes, 48.46 seconds to set a meet record, breaking his previous mark set a year ago by more than 10 seconds.

  • Chatfield swimmers flex muscles vs. Ralston Valley

    The Chatfield Chargers’ boys swim team made a statement that it is one of the teams to beat in Jeffco.

    The Chargers thrashed an undermanned Ralston Valley team, 191-118, on March 18 at the Ridge Recreation Center, winning 10 of 12 events.