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Today's News

  • Jeffco Commissioners return from DC conclave

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were back in session last week after all three attended the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

    The conference, which took place March 2-6, drew about 2,000 representatives from county governments from across the country.

  • Foothills grappling with budget challenges

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District has begun discussing how it will finance more than $35 million in capital repairs to park facilities, and how it will cope with a projected budget shortfall of more that $1.4 million by 2018.

    Foothills Executive Director Ron Hopp said that over the last several years, the district has frozen salaries and delayed capital projects to stay within its budget.

  • When Irish tunes are playing

    St. Patrick’s Day can evoke images of green beer, parades and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” buttons. Yet what can get lost in all the noise and revelry is the beauty and emotion of Irish culture.

    And there is no better reflection of that than in the music of the Emerald Isle, which was on display Saturday at Littleton’s Bemis Public Library. Tradition, Tartan and Tears, a local Celtic band, played a selection of classic Irish songs in celebration of the holiday.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Columbine seeks head coach after Lodden steps down

    Jeff Lodden has resigned as the varsity head coach for Columbine High School, athletic director Scott Christy said via e-mail March 17.
    Lodden led the Lady Rebels to a 7-17 record during the 2012-13 season, including 6-10 in the 5A Jeffco League. Columbine lost in the first round of the state tournament to Doherty.
    Columbine is searching for a new head coach. Anyone interested in the position should contact Christy at 303-982-3545 or schristy@jeffco.k12.co.us.

  • 5 questions with Bobby Fitch
  • 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.