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Today's News

  • Ball bounces Lady Eagles’ way in win over Evergreen

    LAKEWOOD — Kayla Latham figured it was just a matter of time before the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles would score. When they did — and, incidentally, it was on a goal by her — it was the momentum shift they needed in the South Jeffco Invitational.

  • Tired Rebels find way to tie D’Evelyn

    LAKEWOOD — The exhaustion Columbine’s girls soccer players exhibited was quite noticeable. It would have been hard not to notice that the Lady Rebels had just played their third game in three days.
    And though D’Evelyn walked out of Lakewood Memorial Field on March 16 having outscored Columbine 5-4 in penalty kicks, the South Jeffco Invitational tournament game officially goes down as a 1-1 tie. The penalty kicks were necessary per tournament rules only.

  • Eagles take it on the chin in opener

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — There was no grace period. No easing into anything.
    The Dakota Ridge baseball team kicked off its season against No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Cherry Creek and fell 12-2 in five innings on March 16 at Cherry Creek High School.
    The fifth-ranked Eagles, limited to just two days of outdoor practice because of snow on their field, came in to the game without as much as a scrimmage underneath their belt.

  • My Student, My Hero: Profiles in courage

    This weekend the Jefferson Foundation, Southwest Plaza and the Columbine Courier will recognize eight outstanding Jeffco high school seniors for their work in both the classroom and in the community.

    To help celebrate, the Courier is profiling two students from our coverage area who have impressed teachers and classmates with their drive to overcome the many obstacles life has thrown in their way.

  • Planning Commission votes to allow chickens, bees to be kept in neighborhoods with residential zoning

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 4-2 on March 6 to allow chickens and bees to be kept in residential-zoned areas in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    The changes would allow up to six chickens and one hive at homes in all residential zones, as long as the lot size is a minimum of 4,000 square feet and the owner meets other requirements on the housing and placement of the birds and bees.

    The board members who cast the no votes, chairman Larry Anna and Tim Rogers, both expressed concern about an exception to setback rules for chicken coops.

  • Shredding, and preserving, native culture

    Art is often the truest expression of a culture.

    And just like art, culture is constantly evolving, combining the traditions of the past with new influences, ideas and ways of expression.

    To truly understand a culture, you can’t just look behind at its footprints. You have to look at the trail ahead as well.

  • Littleton City Countil approves moratorium on pot shops, clubs

    The Littleton City Council has approved a moratorium on marijuana retail shops and marijuana clubs in the city.

    The moratorium, approved 6-1 by the council on March 6, is set to expire by Oct. 1, the date when municipalities in Colorado must decide whether or not to allow retail marijuana shops within city limits and how they will be regulated. It is also the deadline for cities that will allow shops to start accepting applications for retail licenses.

  • Overhaul of school board districts draws criticism

    Members of the Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on March 7 to redraw the districts they represent, but audience members and two board members were unhappy with the decision.

    The new map would swap several elementary schools among Districts 2 and 5 in the southern part of the county, but much of the opposition came from what some viewed as the apparently sudden onset of the redistricting process, a lack of public input, and the changes coming in the middle of a school year.

  • Pulling together: College students help Jeffco Open Space eradicate weeds

    When most people think of spring break and weed, this probably isn’t what they have in mind.

    A group of about 140 students, almost all from Michigan State University, were at South Valley Park helping Jeffco Open Space to eradicate pervasive noxious weeds.

    The students were here instead of the beach as part of Students Today, Leaders Forever, an alternative spring break for college students that sends them across the country doing good deed after good deed.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Lions’ Jansky tosses no-hitter in season-opening victory

    Littleton junior Chris Jansky tossed a no-hitter while striking out 13 as the Lions opened the 2013 season with a 3-0 victory over Denver North on March 7.
    He faced just two batters over the minimum, allowing one on a walk and two more via errors.
    Littleton gave him some run support with one run in the third inning and two more in the fourth. Dylan Nickless, Will Brown and Colton Barrett scored for the Lions.