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Today's News

  • Harriman Lake Park to remain closed

    Residents will have to wait a few months more before they can use Harriman Lake Park, which has been closed since November 2011 for a project to rebuild the dam. 

    The park, at South Kipling Parkway and West Quincy Avenue, includes a 1.4-mile trail around the lake. Foothills Park & Recreation District has leased much of the park from Denver Water since 1995. Foothills has also leased 11 acres southwest of the lake from Jefferson County Open Space for 15 years.

  • Jeffco Library's Start with a Story program helps expand literacy initiative

    A story about a dancing monster can loom large in a child’s education.  

    That’s why Jamie Wolf sat before a group of preschoolers at Stony Creek Preschool last week, reading silly monster tales. She is one of a dozen volunteers who work with the Jefferson County Public Library’s new early literacy program, Start With a Story.

    “Children really love to use their imagination. I really love to see them get engrossed in the story,” Wolf said. 

  • Jefferson County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year. 

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.   

  • Chatfield High School students stuff Christmas stockings for returning Fort Carson soldiers

    The Christmas stocking is a simple holiday tradition that can get lost in the grandeur and excess of modern holidays. In the mad dash to stack presents under the tree, stockings can be little more than an afterthought.

     

    Yet for the 253 servicemen and women who are arriving at Fort Carson this month from deployment in Afghanistan and Kuwait, getting one of the stockings stuffed by students at Chatfield High School means they’re not alone on Christmas.

  • Drug ring operating in Jefferson County busted

    An interstate amphetamine and cocaine ring selling drugs in Jefferson County has been broken up after a seven-month investigation by Colorado law enforcement agencies.

    The investigation, named Operation Blood Sport, led to the arrests of 10 suspects Dec. 6 in the Denver area. Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities seized four handguns; 13 pounds of meth valued at $150,000 to $200,000; 3 kilograms of cocaine valued at $96,000; and an unknown amount of cash.

  • Arne earns Eagle Scout rank

    Joshua Arne, a member of Boy Scout Troop 640 in Littleton, earned his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 24.

    To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Joshua earned 22 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. He completed a community service project, building two raised flower beds at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow in Scouts and the Denver Zoo Boy Scouts Explorer program. 

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Malmstrom, Lions score win in opener against host Conifer
    CONIFER
    — Ashton Malmstrom led three players in double figures with a game-high 25 points as visiting Littleton scored a 75-53 victory over Conifer on Nov. 30.
    Nicolas Giordano added 23 points and nine assists, while Andreas Malmstrom scored 17 points for the Lions in the regular-season opener.
    The Lobos were led by Caleb Henderson, who scored 17 points. Fellow senior Adam Macaulay scored 14 points.

  • EHS’ 200 freestyle relay sets pace in win over Chatfield

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    EVERGREEN — You never want to call a race too early, especially if there’s a chance you could be wrong. But sometimes you know pretty quickly that it’s over. That was the case in the 200-yard freestyle relay Nov. 30 at the Wulf Recreation Center for the Evergreen girls ‘A’ team.

  • Strategic Lobos topple Littleton

    As far as the beginning of the season goes, neither the Littleton Lady Lions nor the Conifer Lady Lobos set off fireworks when they faced one another at Littleton High School on Nov. 30.
    Each was coming in after a season-opening loss. But, as in every game, there can only be one winner. This time it was the Lady Lobos who claimed victory 63-51.

  • Snow measures up in Rebels’ win

    Josh Perkins lived up to the hype. The Regis Jesuit junior, as evidence of the attention he has gained, which included scouts from the University of Colorado and Kansas University in attendance — one being CU head coach Tad Boyle — put on quite the show.
    With a red sleeve covering his left arm, the Raiders sharp-shooter was all flash in scoring a game-high 39 points. But Columbine’s Jon Snow matched him almost point for point, scoring a career-best 37 points.