Today's News

  • Showing left lot to be desired for Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    AURORA — Michael Tait and Columbine won’t lack motivation for the 2014 season.
    Tait’s junior season didn’t end quite as well as he had hoped with a tie for 17th place at the 5A state boys golf championships Oct. 1 at the par-72 Murphy Creek Golf Course. Tait shot 74-76 — 150 and improved both his place (tie for 20th) and score (157) from his sophomore year, but conceded, “I’m not too satisfied with this tournament. It’s kind of disappointing.”


    LAKEWOOD — The play is called 437 hide-a-ball. It’s so rare that most of the Columbine Rebels players had never seen it before. But head coach Andy Lowry thought it would be a good week to incorporate it into the game plan just in case they would needed it.
    Not only did they need it against second-ranked Chatfield, but it worked to perfection.

  • Van de Water announces his candidacy for school board

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

    What’s in a name?

  • Williams wants to bring parent's perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Our Readers Write

    Lamontagne the right choice for Jeffco school board
    I attended the Jeffco school board candidate forum in Evergreen to get a better feel for the qualifications and opinions of the candidates with regard to the issues our county is facing. District 2 candidate Jeff Lamontagne demonstrated that he would bring a balanced voice and a long-term, solutions-oriented commitment to the Jeffco school board.

  • District needs civility to bloom

    An early giant in the journalism trade was fond of saying that practically every political story boils down to two issues: conflict and cash.
    And while our members of Congress continue to clash over cash, the Jeffco school district is cramming our news columns with conflict, both ideological and, now, physical.
    The months-long controversy over the district’s plan to test the inBloom system for storing student information boiled over last week when shoving broke out between a resident and two district staff members at a school board meeting.

  • Sheriff's Calls


    Smoking out an outlaw

  • Former state senator Kopp running for governor

    Former South Jeffco state senator Mike Kopp has announced he is running for governor.

  • Community member, school district staff in altercation at meeting

    Off-duty deputies broke up an altercation between two Jeffco Public Schools employees and a Jeffco parent during the school board meeting last Thursday evening.

    The parent, Natalie Adams, had addressed the board earlier in the meeting during public comment. Adams questioned why the board was considering a nearly $1.2 million contract to update the district’s technology and data-storage systems.

  • Rising to the occasion

    By Rochelle Smolinski
    For the Courier
    Friday’s rainy, chilly afternoon gave way to a warm gesture of compassion, as the Front Range Christian School community presented more than $2,600 in bake-sale proceeds to the Lyons High Lions.