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Today's News

  • Language lessons: Bemis offers course in Mandarin Chinese

    Learning a language often means learning a culture as well. Language teacher Yi Ren points out that giving a person from China a clock for a gift can be tricky.

    "Don't give a clock. The pronunciation of ‘clock’ is similar to ‘bad luck,’ " said Yi, who is teaching a class in Mandarin Chinese at the Bemis Public Library. "When I teach a class, I focus on the language part and the culture part."

  • Correction

    A report in Sheriff’s Calls in the Jan. 16 edition incorrectly said two girls had been in trouble with their parents for drinking alcohol. The deputy’s report referred only to one of the girls in relation to drinking, and no other negative behaviors were named.

  • Coogan to retire as Littleton's police chief

    The first female police chief in Littleton’s history, Heather Coogan, is set to retire on April 1 after five years in the position.
    Coogan is taking advantage of the Littleton Police Department’s offer of early retirement to officers between the ages of 57 and 65. The city has offered several incentives for early retirement, including paying for health and dental insurance premiums for the officers.

  • School board member Noonan arrested on outstanding warrant for traffic ticket

    Jeffco school board member Paula Noonan was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 8 when Denver police officers became aware of an outstanding warrant from a 2011 traffic ticket.

    Noonan wrote in a letter to the editor of the Courier that in 2011 she was ticketed for not having proof of insurance when she was pulled over. Noonan was given a court date, which she said she missed.

    Noonan apologized publicly at the school board’s meeting Thursday evening.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chatfield extends win streak to nine games, thumps Gators
    WESTMINSTER
    — Brenden Mann scored a team-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as Chatfield won its ninth straight game with a 76-54 defeat of host Standley Lake on Jan. 11.
    Alec Wray added 16 points and Michael Hampson scored 13 as the Chargers (11-1) improved to 5-0 in the 5A Jeffco League.
    Marcus Asmus led Standley Lake (2-9, 1-4) with a game-high 23 points.

  • Lady Rebels’ 2nd-half rally stuns Dakota Ridge

    The Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles, through the end of the second quarter and for all of the third, showed no reasons to believe they were in danger. The game was comfortably, so it seemed, in their control.
    So when Jaylee Tait capped a furious 21-9 comeback over the game’s final 14 minutes, 19 seconds with  a layup with 26 seconds left, and Columbine’s defense stopped Dakota Ridge twice in the game’s final eight seconds for a stunning 54-53 home victory Jan. 9 the Lady Eagles were left searching for answers as to what just happened.

  • Columbine grapplers use simple approach

    EVERGREEN — Brian Mayberry is pretty simplistic in his way of thinking. The Columbine 220-pound wrestler couldn’t tell you what his record is this season because he doesn’t keep track of it, and he never looks at the rankings. For the record, he’s been ranked No. 1 in 5A for much of the season by On the Mat.
    But for Mayberry it’s always been about one match at a time, one period at a time and one point at a time.

  • Resilient Rebels fend off late Eagles’ charge

    If one wanted to find a reason or two for Columbine’s 60-53 boys basketball victory over Dakota Ridge on Jan. 9, here are a couple.

  • Lady Eagles coming into their own

    Evolution is key to survival whether it be in the wild or in the pool. The Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles girls’ swim team has gone through an evolution.
    In years past, they were a team of strong, if not at times mismatched, swimmers who lacked depth and appeared to lack confidence. Dakota Ridge was a team that had a few swimmers go to state, mostly in relays, but that didn’t place as a team or individually. But that was the Lady Eagles of yesteryear.

  • Foothills Rec still offering free classes

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are times for celebration, family and food. A lot of food.

    All those gastronomic good times can knock any workout plan off track and wreak havoc on any waistline. Which is why so many new year’s resolutions contain the word “exercise.”