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Today's News

  • Deer Creek shooting victim recovering, in good spirits

    Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shooting, is recovering well and showed remarkably good spirits Feb. 26 during an interview at Children’s Hospital. Thieu was discharged this week

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu told the Columbine Courier from his room at the hospital. The eighth-grader, who spends his free time skateboarding and enjoying the company of friends, added he is looking forward to returning to school and seeing his buddies.

  • Our Readers Write

    Mr. Biggs is not family friendly

    Editor’s note: The following letter was originally submitted to the Jefferson County Liquor Licensing Authority.

    I am writing to express my concern about the presence of the Mr. Biggs establishment in my neighborhood.

    A few years ago, my husband and I took our then 3-year-old there for an afternoon of fun. I believe the business was “Fat City” then. We had a nice time and felt safe and comfortable there.

  • Deer Creek to hold open house on Friday

    Deer Creek Middle School will hold an open house for parents and students on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a chance for students to gather any belongings left behind after the shootings on Tuesday.

    Students can also see teachers and visit the building to ease any anxiety about returning to school.

    Deer Creek is planning to resume classes on Monday with a regular school day for all students. Buses will run on

    their usual schedules.

    Counselors will be available in every classroom on Monday in case students or staff need to talk with

    someone.

  • Pena wrestles home second state title

    DENVER — Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

    “I knew it was mine,” he said.

  • Chargers outlast Rocky Mountain

    When it comes to rebounding, Chatfield’s Trevor Wages is a selfish player.

    “I want every board. I don’t want anybody else to get a board,” he said after Chatfield’s 79-73 second-round playoff win over a tough Rocky Mountain squad.

    While Wages wouldn’t get every rebound on the night, he would come pretty darn close, pulling down 20 rebounds, eight coming on the offensive end.

  • Myer leads big-shot Rebels over Rams

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine Rebels were Ram tough Feb. 17.

    On the road and looking for a vital victory to move up the ladder of the Class 5A Jefferson County League, the Rebels overcame a sluggish start and eight lead changes to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 57-52 victory.

    Columbine trailed 42-40 early in the fourth quarter before Neil Myer banked home a 3-pointer to give the Rebels the lead for good, sparking a 10-0 run that gave them the separation needed to hold on for victory.

    Unfortunately for Myer, he did not call bank.

  • Fund-raisers dance the night away to help Haiti

      Flappers and jitterbugs filled Abiding Hope Lutheran Church on Feb. 20 and quite literally danced the night away. As many as 50 people gathered for a 1920s-style dance-a-thon fund-raiser that began at 7 p.m. and ended 12 hours later.

    And unlike some Haiti-relief benefits, the dance did not require donations of food or clothing — participants paid cash for the privilege of staying up all night, and 100 percent of the money generated by the event is set to go to the people of Haiti.

  • Coffee shop is a training ground at Workforce Center

    Jefferson County has a new addition to its Workforce Center that has employees buzzing: a small coffee shop that serves locally roasted beans and provides barista training to special-needs students and clients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

    Training Grounds, the aptly named café, offers everything one would find in a commercial coffee operation. Coda Coffee Co. provides fair-trade beans, and all of the sandwiches are made fresh daily by Warren Tech culinary-arts students.

  • Mr. Biggs owner trying to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

  • Norris places fifth for Chargers; Campton fourth for Rebels

    DENVER —  Aaron Norris has legs like a bulldozer’s tread and a barrel chest.

    Strength, however, and a tough-guy mentality, will only get you so far in wrestling. And that makes Norris’ run to the Class 5A state wrestling tournament in his first year since taking up the sport all the more impressive.

    “My coaches are teaching me a lot of moves, keeping me in good positions,” the Chatfield junior said Feb. 18 after he scored a 16-1 technical fall in his opening match.

    And things only got better.