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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Three Columbine athletes sign letters of intent

    New York City has long been known as the mecca of basketball.

    Demitra Apergis has great appreciation for the intense battles wages on the courts in New York City, and soon, the Columbine senior will be right in the thick of its bright lights.

    Apergis signed a national letter of intent with the New York Institute of Technology on Nov. 13 at Columbine High School. Apergis will attend the school on a basketball scholarship, and to say she’s looking forward to college is an understatement.

  • Senior moments highlight a birthday week

    I’ve had my share of senior moments the last week, more of them unforgettable than forgetful.

    No single piece of mail can more brutally deliver mortality’s sharp stick in the eye than the dreaded AARP membership packet, and my own little reminder of the five-decade milestone came when seniors and their concerns were uppermost on my mind.

  • $2.2 million grant will make county buildings more efficient

    Jeffco taxpayers could save more than $250,000 a year on utility costs for county facilities in coming years thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the federal government.

    The county will formally accept the money next week and begin working with contractors to develop a plan to upgrade the energy efficiency of some of its buildings. The county has 180 days after accepting the funds to commit 100 percent of the grant money, and three years to spend it.