Today's News

  • Jeffco unveils bicycle-pedestrian plan

    In response to the growing demand for healthy alternatives to automobiles and the popularity of bicycles for commuting, Jeffco’s Development and Transportation Division has created a combination bicycle-pedestrian plan that would build bicycle-friendly elements into roads designed for cars only.

    The plan was presented to the county commissioners at the weekly meeting May 1 and adopted on a 3-0 vote.

    The first bicycle-pedestrian plan was created in 1995 and consisted of sidewalks along major roads and trails along major drainage ways.

  • Jeffco Schools considering property-tax increase

    The Jeffco school board is weighing a property-tax increase for the November ballot that would cost the owner of a $250,000 home an additional $30 a year over the current bill.

    The district, which has made significant cutbacks in recent years and faces more without additional revenue, is proposing two measures: a $35 million to $39 million revenue increase from the basic mill levy, plus a $99 mililon bond issue.

  • Violations up slightly this year at eateries

    Raw chicken stored next to avocados and hand sinks used for dumping mop water and food preparation contributed to an average of about 3.6 critical violations found at local restaurants in the past year, instances that can contribute to food-borne illness.

    The local health-department average represents a slight increase over the same period last year, which through a prior Columbine Courier analysis found less than 3.5 critical violations per restaurant in South Jeffco.

  • Track & field leaders

    Following is a list of current qualifiers, as listed by MaxPreps, for the state track and field championships, scheduled for May 17-19 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Only the top 18 qualifiers by the deadline of May 12 will qualify for state in their respective classification and category.

    5A BOYS
    200 meters: Erik Gaytan, Chatfield, 7th, 0:21:64
    400 meters: Gaytan, Chatfield, 3rd, 0:48.36
    800 meters: Calvin Mass, Littleton, 17th, 2:00.34
    1,600 meters: Danny Carney, Dakota Ridge, 17th, 4:32.25

  • Sports briefs

    Four early runs more than enough for Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge scored four early runs and made it hold up in a 4-2 victory over visiting Arvada West on April 28.
    The win was the Eagles’ fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.
    Dakota Ridge (13-3 overall, 5-1 5A Jeffco League) maintained a half-game lead over rivals Columbine and Chatfield entering its April 30th game at Lakewood. Results from that game weren’t available at press time.

  • Chargers slip past Wildcats

    The Chatfield Chargers scored a 6-3 victory over the Arvada West Wildcats at home on April 26. The win was an even sweeter victory for Chatfield because just two days before Arvada West defeated Chargers’ rival Columbine 6-5.
    “In this league if you don’t respect every team you’re gonna get beat,” Chatfield Senior head coach Mike Yansak said. “So we had respect for (Arvada West) coming in. But when they knocked off the only undefeated team in league it gave us a little more respect.”

  • Rebels conquer Foothills Conference

    LAKEWOOD — Winning a boys lacrosse conference championship is uncharted territory for Columbine. It had never happened before. And though the Rebels knew what was on the line when they played Evergreen on April 25 at Trailblazer Stadium, they also knew it wouldn’t come easy.
    And it didn’t. But Columbine stayed the course and a third-period flurry would be all it would need to make history.

  • Jeffco champ Columbine runs the table

    LAKEWOOD — There’s a comfort level when it comes to the Columbine Lady Rebels’ girls soccer team. That’s quite possibly because most of the team played with each other a season ago.
    But for nine seniors — Katelyn Phillips, Allison Durden, Celina Roy, Ashley Morris, Jill Wigle, Amanda Giddens, Abbey Roelfson, Paige Myer and Ember Albertson — something clicked this offseason that wasn’t there in 2011.

  • Teaching students the wrong lesson

  • A tax hike by any other name …

    I always make it a practice to ask my Metro State journalism students to explain what a mill levy is, because few things are more central to covering governments than understanding how taxing entities get money from the public.
    Usually, the students look at me as if I’m speaking in an obscure Klingon dialect: A mill? A levy? What are those, and what do they have to do with government funding? These are typically intelligent, well-informed students, and they have not the slightest idea what I’m going on about.