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Today's News

  • Longtime Courier employee Lang retiring

       Laurie Lang knows what’s important in life.

    “I’ve had a lot of happy moments, a lot of sad moments,” she said.

    After losing her first husband in 1989, the former child-care provider started a new life. She went back to school and in 1991 joined the Columbine Courier.

    “I started working part time, and they offered me a full-time job,” said Lang, the Courier’s senior employee. “And here I am. I’ve been here ever since.”

  • Ritter visits Jeffco to tout employment initiatives

      GOLDEN — Gov. Bill Ritter visited Jefferson County on Dec. 10 to tout several employment initiatives in a speech at the Jeffco Workforce Center.

    Three pieces of job-related legislation were briefly detailed, as well as an introduction to the state’s CareerReady Colorado certificate program, which provides prospective employees with job-credential documents.

  • Eagles find scoring touch

    Frame it any way you want, but one thing after four games was clear: The Dakota Ridge Eagles were struggling mightily to score goals.

    Their scoring was so bone dry that after 180 minutes of play, the Eagles had tallied just a single goal.

    So, when the Eagles managed to score just 17 seconds into their game against rival Chatfield, you had a feeling that the Eagles’ scoring drought was about to become a distant memory.

    It was, thanks to three more goals that propelled Dakota Ridge to a rather surprising 4-1 victory Dec. 17 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • New West Physicians donates $100,000 to Jeffco Action Center

     

    The Jeffco Action Center recently received a $100,000 donation from New West Physicians, a local group of about 50 primary-care physicians serving the Denver area.

    The doctors’ group, which is composed of 13 clinics and serves about 200,000 patients, made the Dec. 10 donation at the discretion of their board of directors.

  • The cutting edge

    Jefferson County has unveiled the new crown jewel in its line of service vehicles - a hybrid snowplow, which officials say is the first in the country.

    The 2009 International truck, which came prefabricated as a diesel-electric vehicle from a Michigan company, was custom-outfitted with a hydraulic plow, sander and dump box.

  • Eagles starting to put pieces together

    Dakota Ridge’s wrestling team hit a nice stride in the final weekend of action before Winter Break, defeating Arvada in a dual and finishing 4-1 in the Mullen Dual Tournament.

    At the Mullen tourney, six Eagle wrestlers finished with unblemished records, including 285-pounder, Jason Marts. Marts, who qualified for state at 189 pounds as a sophomore two years ago and sat out last season, is currently ranked third in his weight class by On The Mat rankings. Marts is 14-0 on the season.

  • Tough assignment for school board

    You have to wonder if the two new members of the Jefferson County Board of Education go to bed each night thinking, “Be careful what you wish for …”

  • Denver tradition rings a bell with South Jeffco pair

      Ten-year-old Jett Moore was just a bit nervous.

    He stood near the entrance to the imposing Denver City and County Building, about to be given a tour of its historic bell system. And the South Jeffco resident seemed far younger than anyone else scheduled to play the bells.

    “He walked up to the building, and all these people are going through security, and he said, ‘I can’t do this,’ ” said his mom, Sandy Moore. “ ‘Just look how old everyone is.’ ”

  • Keep your pets safe during the holidays

    While we’re making plans for the holidays, there are several steps pet owners can take to help ensure that the celebrations are pleasant and safe for furry friends.

  • He built it - and people came

    Over the past 40 years, thousands of kids have enjoyed the baseball fields near West Elmhurst Avenue and South Kendall Boulevard in Columbine Hills. But few of today’s young players realize they are treading some of the oldest ball fields in South Jeffco, or that Columbine Hills is one of South Jeffco’s original neighborhoods.

    Jim Kennedy, 85, looks back over those four decades and is thrilled that so many children have been able to enjoy the fields that he helped to create in the neighborhood that he helped to build.