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Today's News

  • Jeffco libraries could boost spending in 2014

    After several years of cutbacks in branch hours and capital expenditures, the Jeffco Public Library is hoping its 2014 budget will provide some relief.

    The library’s proposed $25.5 million spending plan for next year is slightly less than for 2013, but outlays will increase slightly from this year’s $25.8 million budget. That’s a result of the library paying off debt associated with construction of the Belmar branch in Lakewood, which will decrease debt payments by about $715,000. 

  • Foothills launches community theater troupe

    South Jeffco residents looking for an entertainment alternative have a new option. And it’s a dramatic one.

    The Foothills Theater Company — the Foothills Parks and Recreation District’s very own community theater — debuted over the weekend at The Ridge Recreation Center. 

    The troupe’s inaugural production, “Trifles and Other Plays,” a collection of three one-act plays dealing with relationships in various forms, is in the middle of a two-week run.  

  • Concerns over inBloom aired at town hall

    Jeffco Schools’ plan to store student data in the inBloom cloud-based system continues to cultivate controversy and doubt among some Jeffco parents.

    Nearly 50 people gathered to discuss inBloom at a town hall meeting Saturday at The Peak Community Center in Littleton. Jeffco school board members Paula Noonan and Laura Boggs sponsored the event.

    “A group of parents had asked Paula and me to see if we could schedule a meeting like this to discuss these issues,” Boggs said. “There was a great deal of info tonight.”

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS SOCCER
    Trio leads the way as Pine Creek ends Chatfield’s season
    COLORADO SPRINGS
    — Michael Steffy, Alexander Cullen and Nicholas Farley scored goals as Pine Creek toppled Chatfield 3-0 in the second round of the 5A state tournament on Oct. 30 at D20 Stadium.
    The Chargers capped their season with a 12-4-1 record.

    FOOTBALL
    Thais, Dakota Ridge tune up for playoffs, topple Littleton

  • Chatfield struggles to find its footing

    THORNTON — The goals were modest ones, all things considered, for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. They were hoping to nab their highest score of the season and finish ninth of higher at the 5A state gymnastics championships. Unfortunately, neither was accomplished.
    Chatfield finished 12th in the field with 171.3 points on Nov. 1 at Thornton High School. The Lady Chargers came in seeded ninth and looking for a higher finish, but the state jitters took their toll.

  • Injury-riddled Chargers persevere, down Lobos

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — After losing senior starting offensive tackle Denis Tsimbalist on the day of Chatfield’s first 5A football playoff game, head coach Bret McGatlin reminded his team about the 2010 Green Bay Packers, who won that season’s Super Bowl as the No. 6 seed in the NFC and with 16 players on injured reserve.
    He also mentioned to them the fact the Chargers had not won a postseason game since 2008, going 0-3 in the ensuing four-year stretch, including last year’s 29-7 loss to Eaglecrest.

  • Rebels shift gears vs. Hinkley

    By Devin Robb
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — Most teams that play Columbine focus on speedy senior running back Bernard McDondle. In a 5A first-round football playoff game on Nov. 1 at Jeffco Stadium, Columbine proved to Hinkley that McDondle isn’t the only running back that can do damage.

  • Details on pet licensing in Jeffco

    Residents of unincorporated Jefferson County have been required to license their dogs since 1994. In 2007, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Westminster and Arvada joined the county’s licensing program, and residents in those cities have been required to license their canines ever since.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Debris detected in close orbit

  • Eagles’ Hume just misses all-state honors

    By Michael Hicks
    Sports Editor