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Today's News

  • Slash collection still a hot topic

    Despite the damp summer and fall, wildfire mitigation and the resulting slash remain hot topics in the mountain area, but Jeffco residents are seeing changes in the county’s approach to the issue.  

    County Commissioner Donald Rosier recently announced that plans for a controversial slash-burning operation on county property at Shaffers Crossing have been scuttled, and the county is looking at other options for handling the endless summer surplus of slash.

  • City Council set to vote on 2014 budget

    Littleton is projecting it will continue to see an increase in revenue in 2014, but the city is also predicting that expenditures will soon outpace revenues. 

    The City Council will vote on the proposed budget during its 7 p.m. Oct. 15 meeting.

    While Littleton has seen better-than-expected revenues this year, it is still projecting that rising expenses will necessitate finding a new revenue stream.

  • Littleton enacts 1-year moratorium on sales of recreational marijuana

    Littleton will not allow retail marijuana shops to open for a year. 

    The City Council voted 6-1 on Oct. 1 to place a one-year moratorium on both retail marijuana sales and on marijuana social clubs, with Councilman Jim Taylor casting the dissenting vote. 

    The moratorium is set to expire in October 2014. At that time, the council will need to take action to extend the ban, make it permanent or allow retail marijuana shops to open. 

  • 5A softball regional pairings

    PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
    The following are regional softball pairings for Oct. 12. The top two teams advance to the state tournament at Aurora Sports Park on Oct. 18-19.
    5A REGION 3
    FIRST ROUND
    DAVE SANDERS FIELD, COLUMBINE HS
    #28 Fruita Monument (11-8) at #5 Dakota Ridge (16-3), 10 a.m.
    #21 Greeley West (12-7) at #12 Chatfield (11-8), 10 a.m.
    CONSOLATION
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge loser vs. Chatfield-Greeley West loser, 12:15 p.m.
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Fruita-Dakota Ridge winner vs. Chatfield-Greeley West winner, 12:15 p.m.

  • Eagles pull out all the stops, knock off Rams

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles didn’t have to look far to get motivated for their Oct. 4 football game with Green Mountain. Recent history told the Eagles they needed only to look across the field.
    Two years in a row the Rams escaped with wins over Dakota Ridge, with last year’s game essentially costing the Eagles a 4A postseason berth. But the Eagles won’t have to concern themselves with that in 2013.

  • Rebel has Wright stuff to get back to state

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The last time Andy Wright went to the 5A state boys tennis tournament he was playing No. 2 doubles. This year, the Columbine senior is going by his lonesome.
    Wright, Columbine’s No. 2 singles player, will be the Rebels’ only representative at state after he placed second at the 5A Region 5 tournament on Oct. 3 at the Lebsock Tennis Center at Redstone Park. He won three of four matches, including a playback match against Mitch McGregor of Heritage 6-4, 6-3.

  • Showing left lot to be desired for Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    AURORA — Michael Tait and Columbine won’t lack motivation for the 2014 season.
    Tait’s junior season didn’t end quite as well as he had hoped with a tie for 17th place at the 5A state boys golf championships Oct. 1 at the par-72 Murphy Creek Golf Course. Tait shot 74-76 — 150 and improved both his place (tie for 20th) and score (157) from his sophomore year, but conceded, “I’m not too satisfied with this tournament. It’s kind of disappointing.”

  • REBELS TRICK CHARGERS

    LAKEWOOD — The play is called 437 hide-a-ball. It’s so rare that most of the Columbine Rebels players had never seen it before. But head coach Andy Lowry thought it would be a good week to incorporate it into the game plan just in case they would needed it.
    Not only did they need it against second-ranked Chatfield, but it worked to perfection.

  • Van de Water announces his candidacy for school board

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.

    What’s in a name?

  • Williams wants to bring parent's perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.