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Today's News

  • A whole lot of options: Shoppers with food allergies rejoice in opening of new Whole Foods in South Jeffco

    It isn't easy shopping with a food allergy.

     

    Despite all the choices in the cereal aisle, products geared toward those who must be watchful of some common ingredients are somewhat limited. And Diana Jeanene knows this all too well —she developed a gluten allergy six years ago.

    “First of all, a lot of gluten-free products were not good,”Jeanene said.

    Jeanene felt the gluten-free choices were lacking in important attributes, like taste —when she could even find them.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminsterplans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art.

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica.

  • A new leg for Nemo

    Everyone loves an underdog.

    Nemo, a dachshund-beagle mix, was found abandoned in a box-store parking lot in Joplin, Mo. But even though a good Samaritan rescued the 3-month-old pup, his future didn't look bright. Nemo was born with a deformed right front leg. Instead of a normal leg, he had two small legs attached to each other, a useless appendage.

    Abandoned dogs with severe deformities usually don't get adopted, and in many cases they are euthanized.

  • 2012: The year in review

    The year of 2012 saw numerous athletic achievements from McKenna Spillar’s run to both league and state supremacy in cross country and track, respectively, to Dakota Ridge’s softball team challenging for a 5A state title to Chatfield golfer Shannon Lubar holding her own at the state finals. With that said, the Columbine Courier looks back at 10 stories that made headlines in the past 12 months.

    DAKOTA RIDGE’S MCKENNA SPILLAR ALWAYS ON THE RUN

  • Second arrest made in fatal shooting in October

    A second suspect has been arrested in the Oct. 19 shooting death of 18-year-old Da Von Flores of Centennial.

    Robert Alexander Placa, 18, was arrested Thursday night by Littleton police in connection with the shooting death of Flores on a Littleton street.

    On Oct. 19, police responded to a report of shots fired at 5400 S. Fox St. at 11:11 p.m. and found Flores and a 17-year-old boy shot. Flores died at the scene. The boy was transported to Swedish Hospital, where he received treatment for his wounds.

  • Man dies in Golden house fire

    A 67-year-old man died in a house fire in Golden on Thursday night.

    According to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, firefighters from Golden and Pleasant View responded about 10:48 p.m. to a fire at 1415 Isabell St.

    Neighbors had reported they could smell smoke and saw flames on the roof. Firefighters found the man’s body inside; he reportedly was the only occupant of the home at the time of the blaze.

    The fire is under investigation; the Sheriff’s Office said foul play is not suspected. 

  • County cuts $688,000 from funding to social services nonprofits

    Three Jeffco nonprofits are facing sizable cuts in funding due to tightened budgets at the county, state and federal levels.

    In its 2013 budget, Jefferson County cut $688,000 from the amount it provides to Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Seniors’Resource Center.

  • Study eyes link of teacher compensation to student achievement

    A Jeffco Public Schools study on school structure and pay reform is expected to help prepare the district for changes required by the legislature.

    The district’s strategic compensation pilot program, which is being tested in 20 Jeffco schools, is attempting to find out what kind of pay and support are effective in boosting students’ academic achievement. Results are expected to help the district reform the way it pays teachers while still focusing on student improvement.

  • Is this an argument we need to have?

    How can we talk about the shootings in Connecticut — or Aurora or Columbine or Virginia Tech or an Oregon shopping mall or anywhere else — without getting into an argument?

  • Finding our way to actual solutions

    Readers might be wondering why this week’s Courier has no stories with local reaction to the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — and that’s a fair question.