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Today's News

  • Mauser speaks out on gun attitudes and myths

    Thirteen years after the Columbine High shootings, Tom Mauser continues to be baffled by the proliferation of guns and gun violence in the United States.

    The U.S. by far has the most gun violence among the world’s 23 wealthiest countries, Mauser said.

    “We have the weakest gun laws and the highest gun-death rate. We are unique in allowing military assault weapons, as well as open and concealed carry. Other nations think we are crazy,” Mauser said.

  • Jeffco Library again explores establishing an independent district

    The trustees of the Jefferson County Public Library discussed in a preliminary way at the Oct. 18 monthly meeting the possibility of resurrecting a campaign to establish an independent library district.

    The board agreed informally to authorize executive director Pam Nissler to begin to collect information on what it would cost to operate the district, which is now under the supervision of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

    Nissler said the senior management group would be ready to present its conclusions sometime in the spring of 2013.

  • Loveland denies Dakota Ridge 5A state softball title

    AURORA – The Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles – the 5A Jeffco League and Region 8 champions, fell to fourth-seeded Loveland, 3-1, in the 5A state softball championship game on Oct. 20 at Aurora Sports Complex.
    Addie Coldiron had a two-run double in the fourth and pitcher Cassidy Smith added an insurance run with a solo homer in the top of the seventh for Loveland (22-2), which upended top-seed and five-time defending state champion Legacy in the semifinals earlier in the day.

  • Late-night shooting leaves one man dead, teen injured

    An 18-year-old man was shot to death and a 17-year-old was sent to Swedish Hospital with gunshot wounds late Friday.

    Police responded to shots fired at 5400 S. Fox St. about 11:11 p.m., according to a news release from the city of Littleton.

    There was no further information on the names of the victims or whether any arrests were made.

  • Teen escapes would-be abductor in South Jeffco

    A 14-year-old boy managed to escape the clutches of a would-be abductor on the evening of Oct. 15 and flee to his South Jeffco home.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that the incident occurred near Falcon Bluffs Middle School between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday in the 8200 block of West Toller Avenue.

    The teen, who was walking home from a friend’s house, said a man in a dark blue or black sedan began following him and then stopped the car and shouted “Hey!”

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  • Pumpkins on the prowl at annual fest

    The Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 14 at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield brought out many Littleton residents to enjoy the harvest season and gasp over some gorgeous gourds.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Brady, Mullen upset Columbine, force tie atop league standings
    DENVER
    — Conor Brady rushed for one touchdown and caught another one as Mullen upset Columbine, 28-18, on Oct. 12, tightening up the 5A Super 6 Conference championship race with two weeks to go.
    Brady rushed 28 times for 170 yards, while catching three passes for 41 more yards.

  • Spillar runs down crown

    McKenna Spillar could see Pomona’s Alaina Anderson up ahead of her on the 3.1-mile course that is Clement Park, but the Dakota Ridge senior couldn’t be so certain she would catch her. After all, Anderson is widely considered the best cross country runner in the 5A Jeffco League, and rightfully so.
    But with each step Spillar took she could see herself getting closer to Anderson. Before long she passed  the struggling Pomona runner and found herself leading the pack. Then she saw the finish line. That’s the last little bit of motivation Spillar needed.

  • Dakota Ridge brings out bats, wins regionals

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    When the hits come, the runs come. And when the runs come, they come in bunches for the Dakota Ridge softball team.
    The Lady Eagles advanced to the 5A state tournament with three big innings in an 18-0 win over Northglenn and an 8-1 win over Grandview on Oct. 13 in the Region 8 tournament at Columbine High School.