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Today's News

  • Industry loses one of the good guys

    The name Steve Ellis doesn’t resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis’s name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened. A true bulldog till the end,  he made his wife e-mail in his copy before calling 911.

  • Students stroll through the solar system

    The immensity of the solar system can be difficult for young students to grasp, but now Jeffco students can take a long and educational walk through the sun’s neighborhood.

    On Oct. 7, Jefferson County Schools unveiled one of two recently completed solar space walk exhibits at the Mount Evans Outdoor Laboratory School.

  • Rebels persevere

    PARKER - Columbine football coach Andy Lowry is known for his calm demeanor.

    No matter how well his teams play, Lowry never gets wrapped up in the result, instead preferring to keep his focus on what lies next for his team.

    This year, though, things are different, both for the Columbine football team, and for Lowry, who showed a burst of emotion in the post-game huddle after his team surprised many with a 21-13 victory over Chaparral in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament at Burt.com Stadium.

  • Game slips through Rebels' fingers

    BOULDER — Over the years, Columbine’s Achilles heel as been turnovers.

    When the Rebels maintain a firm grasp on the football, they typically stand a good chance at winning. When the ball slips from their grasp, well, the results aren’t so good.

    For three quarters of Columbine’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game against No. 2 Fairview, Columbine’s ball security was good. Its defense was even better.

    The 10th-seeded Rebels swarmed the Knights from the opening kickoff and after three quarters, the underdog Rebels had a 7-0 lead.

  • Term-limit extension likely on back burner after defeat by voters

    Jeffco voters soundly rejected the idea of increasing term limits so elected officials could run for three consecutive terms, but the proposal may not be dead.

    "In a couple years I might bring this back in a different form and do a better job of it," said Jefferson County District Attorney Scott Storey, the originator of the latest term-limit extension effort in Jeffco. "I never close the door on anything I do."

  • All that jazz - and more

    The term “blues club” conjures images of a smoky bar tucked into an eclectic street in the heart of a big city. But the Blue Moo'd Lounge is hoping to bring that same ambience to South Jeffco.  Brother-sister team Tim and Terrie Bentley opened the bar and restaurant a few months ago, and the siblings are aiming to fill what they see as a jazz/blues void in the area.  "This place is for the neighborhood folks that don't want to go downtown," Terrie Bentley said.

  • Goodbye, thanks and good luck

    All good things come to an end, and for me, the time has come to leave the Columbine Courier.

    I came to South Jeffco in September 2007 knowing virtually nothing about the area, outside of having visited Chatfield Reservoir as a child and watching the Columbine High School tragedy unfold while I was a junior at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora. I came here from Sterling for the chance to work in the Denver area, and had no idea how much I’d grow to appreciate this place.

  • Jeffco envisions all-encompassing land-use plan

    After two years in development, planners have largely completed the first draft of the new Jefferson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Now they are unveiling it to the public and seeking feedback.

    Public comments are due by Nov. 9. The planning commission is scheduled to take action at a meeting Dec. 9 at 6:15 p.m., during which public testimony will be taken. (The Board of County Commissioners doesn’t hold a hearing or vote on the plan.)

  • Finally embarking on my dream job

    I have a confession: I am an unapologetic coffee snob.

    Flipping the little red switch on my coffee maker to brew organic, shade-grown, fair-trade, dark roast is the first thing I do every morning, without fail.

    I like it strong, uncorrupted by the likes of cream and sugar, which cover up the gentle bitterness and delicious, earthy undertones that follow every sip.

    For me, nothing goes with my morning joe, with one exception. For that ingredient I stumble out my front door and begin the search for the reliable oblong bag hiding somewhere on my deck.

  • Rebels embrace underdog role

    PARKER - The word underdog rarely has applied to the Columbine football program.

    Usually, the Rebels are the big, bad wolf looking to blow down the houses of all the teams that stand in their way of a state championship.

    That reputation has been well earned, thanks to more league titles than one can count and four state championships in the past 10 years.