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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Pajama party-pooper

  • Deer Creek Middle's STEM students compete in nationals in Washington

    By Lauren Gaddie-Johnson
    For the Courier

    For the seventh year in a row, Deer Creek Middle School’s STEM students went to the Future City National Competition in Washington, D.C.

    The 11-member Science, Technology, Engineering and Math team won first place in the Great Plains Regional on Jan. 26 in Manhattan, Kan., and went to D.C. over Presidents Day Weekend to compete against the winners of 36 other regions. At the Washington competition, the Deer Creek STEM team won a special award for Best Fire Protection Plan.

  • The greening of Littleton

    Littleton is looking for ways to go green, and it has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day.

    During a March 12 study session, the City Council heard reports on a possible fee on plastic shopping bags and what options the city has in regard to providing more solar power to residents.

    Councilmen Bruce Stahlman, who asked for the issues to be considered, said both would promote sustainability in the city, one of the seven goals the council has adopted for the next several years.

  • A high-tech challenge

    It turns out the first time is the charm for Littleton Academy.

    In their first appearance at the Technology Student Association competition, Littleton Academy’s students took home two first-prize medals and one third-prize medal.

    The TSA event, which was held Feb. 21-23, featured more than 20 distinct competitions. In one, teams competed to see which could construct a model car that could protect its passenger, an egg, from being crushed. In another, the teams vied to come closest to hitting a target with a homemade catapult.

  • Student heroes honored at My Student, My Hero ceremony

    The stories told at the 2013 My Student, My Hero ceremony inspired and touched the more than 100 people who came to celebrate with the student honorees on March 16.

    “It warms your heart when you read about these kids,” said Greg Sims, general manager of Southwest Plaza. “It makes you proud of your community.”

  • Suspect in Jeffco slaying on FBI's Most Wanted List

    A suspect in a 2011 slaying in Jeffco has been placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

    Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, 29, is a suspect in the slaying of Richard Limon, 69, in August 2011. Limon’s body was dumped along Lariat Loop Road on Lookout Mountain and was discovered by cyclists. He had been bound with duct tape, beaten and stabbed multiple times.

  • Jeffco Commissioners return from DC conclave

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were back in session last week after all three attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    The conference, which took place March 2-6, drew about 2,000 representatives from county governments from across the country.

  • Foothills grappling with budget challenges

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has begun discussing how it will finance more than $35 million in capital repairs to park facilities, and how it will cope with a projected budget shortfall of more that $1.4 million by 2018.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp said that over the last several years, the district has frozen salaries and delayed capital projects to stay within its budget.

  • When Irish tunes are playing

    St. Patrick’s Day can evoke images of green beer, parades and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” buttons. Yet what can get lost in all the noise and revelry is the beauty and emotion of Irish culture.

    And there is no better reflection of that than in the music of the Emerald Isle, which was on display Saturday at Littleton’s Bemis Public Library. Tradition, Tartan and Tears, a local Celtic band, played a selection of classic Irish songs in celebration of the holiday.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Columbine seeks head coach after Lodden steps down

    Jeff Lodden has resigned as the varsity head coach for Columbine High School, athletic director Scott Christy said via e-mail March 17.
    Lodden led the Lady Rebels to a 7-17 record during the 2012-13 season, including 6-10 in the 5A Jeffco League. Columbine lost in the first round of the state tournament to Doherty.
    Columbine is searching for a new head coach. Anyone interested in the position should contact Christy at 303-982-3545 or schristy@jeffco.k12.co.us.