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Today's News

  • Mauser pens book about emotional journey after Columbine

    Thirteen years after the tragedy, a father whose son was killed in the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999, has written a book about his struggle to come to terms with grief and rise above the horrible events that shattered his family's life.

    "Walking in Daniel's Shoes," by Tom Mauser, is a factual and sometimes emotional account by a parent of what happens to a family when a child is murdered.

  • Study finds more rare plant, animal species in Jeffco

    By Laura Bernero

    For the Courier

    A two-year study in Jeffco has identified 35 rare plants and 11 rare animal species that the county will try to protect in its future conservation efforts and open space plans.

    The biodiversity survey, which also identified one rare fungus, was conducted by scientists from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program over the past two growing seasons. County Open Space planners will use the data to help make environmentally conscious choices when planning open space areas, parks and trails.

  • DA’s Safety Awareness Day planned at fairgrounds

    If you have a pesky box of old documents that needs shredding or a bottle of pills you’ve been meaning to dispose of, you might want to visit the district attorney’s Community Safety Awareness Day on Saturday.

    The event offers Jeffco residents “a one-stop safety shop,” said Cary Johnson, director of crime prevention for the DA’s office and safety fair event director.

    Community Safety Awareness Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds 15200 W. Sixth Ave. in Golden.

  • One last splash: Area dogs close swimming season at two area pools

    A dizzying array of dogs leapt and splashed about Sunday during Foothills Park and Recreation’s annual Doggy Dip at Deer Creek and Weaver Hollow pools.

    At Deer Creek Pool, more than 100 area pooches eagerly pulled their masters through the gates to get their chance to jump into the drink. Some pooches played under water buckets that intermittently doused them, while others did Phelpsian laps to retrieve floating toys from the end of the lap pool.

    Children giggled as dogs of all sizes and shapes leapt into the water and shook off on the pool deck.

  • Sloan, Falcons set target to shoot for

    DENVER — Jared Sloan knows there’s a little bit of pressure. He can feel it. After all, the Front Range Christian golfer is the only returning 3A state qualifier on this year’s squad.

  • Former D’Evelyn band teacher sentenced for taking video of female students

    Former D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School band teacher Matthew James Taylor has been sentenced to two years of weekends in the county jail for using his cell phone to record video under the skirts and shorts of female students.

     

    Taylor — who had pleaded guilty on June 11 to attempted sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony, and harassment — was brought to justice after one student used her own cell phone to take photos of Taylor’s interactions with other girls.

  • Cyanobacteria closes Johnston Reservoir

    Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park is closed temporarily as a result of an outbreak of blue-green algae blooms.

    The blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. Signs have been posted warning against wading, fishing or contact with water in the lake, which has been closed since early August.

    Colin Insley, director of parks, planning and construction for the Foothills Park and Recreation District, said the record heat in the area this summer likely led to the growth of the cyanobacteria.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Hydration intimidation situation

  • Embroiderers’ Guild members add color to Jeffco Fair

    By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    If you met these ladies at the county fair, they likely had you in stitches — as only members of a stitchery circle can.

    The Foothills Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America was on hand in the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fair from Aug. 9-12, marking the first year of participation for the sewing and stitchery circle. The 101-strong group includes Mary Mahaffey of Littleton, Lisa Ericson of Centennial and Marcia Martin of Golden, the current chapter president.

  • Festival Day highlights Littleton celebration

    The day to be in Littleton this summer is Festival Day — Saturday, Aug. 18 — the high point of Western Welcome Week, a 12-day celebration of community, tradition and fun.

    Festival Day activities include a day-long lineup of family-friendly and free events starting with the 32nd Littleton Firefighters’ Children’s Parade from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and followed by the Grand Parade down Main Street and a massive craft fair.