Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sparks fly over whether to close union negotiations

    Aspects of the Jeffco Public Schools budget were contentious, but more animosity was sparked among board members May 5 regarding whether to hold negotiations with employee unions in closed session. Though it failed on April 21 by a vote of 2-2, the issue was again raised at last week’s hearing, and a vote of 4-1 approved the measure.

    The prior vote was invalid, some board members argued, dismissing it on a technicality.

    The measure included a caveat that the Board of Education must direct a negotiating team before a closed session is held.

  • Indictment charges Moore in mall bombing

    A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Southwest Plaza bombing suspect Earl Albert Moore, charging the 65-year-old with using an improvised explosive device, a count that carries a possible sentence of 30 years to life. As with the prior federal case against him, which the indictment replaces, the grand jury also charged Moore with arson of a building, which has a possible sentence of five to 20 years.
    Moore pleaded not guilty to both counts at a Friday detention hearing.

  • School budget cuts include 153 teaching jobs

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday officially approved the 2011-12 budget, which slashes nearly $40 million and 212 full-time jobs, including 153 teaching positions.

    A 3 percent pay cut for all district staff, achieved through two furlough days and four fewer non-student-contact days, represents the largest chunk of the cuts — 42 percent, or $16 million.

    Also approved was a potential suspension of the popular sixth-grade Outdoor Lab Schools program, the implementation of student transportation fees and an increase in athletic fees.

  • Woman followed, robbed after leaving store

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a man sought in connection with an April 26 robbery in which a woman’s purse was stolen from her car in South Jeffco.
    The man reportedly spoke to the woman as she left a Target store, the Sheriff’s Office said, and he followed her in his car after she drove out of the parking area.

  • City of Boulder officially ends opposition to Jefferson Parkway

    The city of Boulder gave a nod of approval Tuesday to construction of the Jefferson Parkway, solidifying a land deal that trades the city’s acquiescence to the toll road for $5 million in Jeffco open space funds.

    Together, Boulder, Boulder County and Jeffco have agreed to contribute a total of $9.1 million toward the purchase of 640 acres of former Rocky Flats land, which would ultimately be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a refuge.