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Today's News

  • Greene, Chargers fend off Rebels

    Logan Greene wasn’t sure what to expect. The Chatfield senior forward didn’t know if his first-period goal would be enough. After all, the Chargers were playing arch-rival Columbine in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Edge Ice Arena on Dec. 14.
    And these games — no matter whether it’s a non-conference affair as this one was or a league matchup — you can pretty much throw the record books out the window. These are usually about personal pride.

  • Chatfield's Hobbs diving into the fray

    THORNTON — Averly Hobbs walks around the pool with her iPod plugged in listening to fast, upbeat music. It pumps her up.
    She forgets about everything and everybody around her to prepare for her next dive, and she’ll do jumping jacks to break her nerves. Oh, and yeah, she’ll be chewing on her ever-present gum.

  • Holding the line in the Middle East

    When people think of Kuwait, the tiny Arab state on the Persian Gulf, they frequently picture oil derricks, the Iraqi invasion that sparked the first Persian Gulf War, and an arid desert landscape.

     

    Line dancing probably doesn’t cross their minds. 

    Yet Littleton resident Cady Kennedy can’t separate her memories of Kuwait from dance steps and country-western tunes. 

  • Hikers find skeleton at Red Rocks Park

    A human skeleton has been found by hikers near Red Rocks Park. 

    Three hikers found the skeleton three tenths of a mile above and to the west of Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The hikers notified a Jeffco sheriff's deputy who was patrolling the area and led the deputy back to the remains. 

    The skeleton was found in thick brush and appeared to have been there for some time. The person had been clad in blue sweatpants or shorts, and there were no noticeable signs of trauma, the Sheriff's Office reported.

  • Foothills Park and Rec approves 2013 budget

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has approved the district’s 2013 budget, a $22.7 million spending plan that amounts to a $1.8 million boost over this year. 

    The district will tap into $500,000 in cash reserves to help finance several capital projects next year. By using the reserves and paying off some debt, capital expenditures will be increased to $980,000 in 2013.

  • Student Santas: Dakota Ridge pupils learn lesson in giving during Toys for Tots campaign

    Students at Dakota Ridge High School have been playing Santa, and a lot of happy kids will have toys on Christmas morning as a result.

    Thanks to the sophomore student government, Dakota Ridge students spent the past few weeks collecting toys for Toys for Tots. As of Friday, more than 400 toys had been donated.

    “It’s been a great reaction,” said Lexi Hogland, 16, the sophomore class president. “The students have been really generous.”

  • Jeffco parking laws target trailers, RVs

    Jeffco parking ordinances applying to recreational vehicles and trailers would be made stricter under changes sought by the Sheriff’s Office. 

    The sheriff is asking the county commissioners to make it easier for his office to tow some vehicles in the event of parking violations.

    The first change would allow the Sheriff’s Office to tow a trailer if it meets the criteria for being an abandoned vehicle — meaning it has been parked for 14 days in the same spot on a street in unincorporated Jeffco. 

  • Jeffco school board defends change in format for public comments

    A recent, seemingly minor change in the way the school district handles public comments at school board meetings has helped the board become more efficient, board president Lesley Dahlkemper says.

    However, a longtime board critic contends the change discourages community involvement.

    In August, the school board began allowing only public comments that pertain to that day’s agenda at the beginning of the meeting. General public comment is still allowed, but not until nearly the end of the meeting.

  • Hope for pets, people

     By Alison Mahnken

    For the Courier

    Hope for animals and for the community was the inspiration for a center housed at Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden.

     

    The Hope Center for Humane Education consists of a large room available for public events and private functions, and the space serves many of the shelter’s goals, from educating the public about homeless pets to fund-raising to animal training.    

  • Residents rate Littleton high in survey

    If a stellar report card is worthy of a reward, the city of Littleton deserves an ice cream cone.

    The citizen survey distributed early this year shows that Littleton residents enjoy their environs and feel safe where they live.

    Regarding quality of life, 93 percent of the residents who responded rated it excellent or good, numbers that were much higher than in other Front Range cities. More than 90 percent also rated Littleton excellent or good in safety and as a place to raise children.