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Today's News

  • Columbine grad riding bike across Japan to help victims of quake, tsunami

    Columbine High School graduate Dylan Jacoby was only five minutes into his cross-Japan bicycle tour on July 24 when he hit a bump in the road and ruptured a tire beyond repair.

    The rough start temporarily deflated his spirits, but it was actually one of the most important moments in his self-motivated 2,000-mile ride to raise money for tsunami and earthquake victims.

    Knowing little Japanese, Jacoby simply smiled and tried to put forth good spirits during a two-hour car ride to the nearest town with a bicycle shop.

  • County considers hefty charges to access public records

    The Jefferson County commissioners may soon be charging up to $50 an hour for access to certain public records.
    If approved, a revision to Jeffco’s policy manual would allow the county to charge the public for the time it takes staff to collect and occasionally redact documents, including the commissioners’ e-mails.
    Currently, the commissioners charge the public only for hard copies of documents, usually 25 cents per page after the first five pages.

  • REBEL BALL: PATH TO STATE

    Columbine Courier sports editor Michael Hicks and photo editor Matthew Jonas are following head coach Andy Lowry’s Columbine Rebels from the start of practice throughout the 2011 season, a year after a 9-2 season and a disappointing second-round playoff loss. We will follow the Rebels throughout the season and the work that goes into it. Second in a series.

  • Chatfield fends off furious late Conifer rally

    CONIFER — For all of the third and most of the fourth set, the Chatfield Lady Chargers were in control. Victory, seemingly, appeared inevitable. And eventually it was secured, but not before the host Conifer Lady Lobos made a furious rally that threatened to force their Sept. 8 volleyball match into a decisive fifth set.
    Luckily for Chatfield it had Grace Newkirk and Megan Bohn to pull it through.

  • Columbine's Cox places second in all-around

    Senior Ashley Perry won two events and took second in another, leading undefeated Evergreen to a seven-point victory at the Columbine Invitational.
    Perry won the floor exercise and the vault with identical 9.05 scores, and took second place in the beam (8.550).
    “She is a great addition to our team,” Evergreen head coach Marnie Bello said. “Not only because of her talent, but because of her leadership, commitment, and hard work she brings to the table.”

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    McDondle rushes for 162 yards, three scores in Columbine victory
    LAKEWOOD
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries as Columbine rolled to a 42-13 win over Rocky Mountain on Sept. 8 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Ceasar Lopez, Tre Willingham and Bernard McDondle also scored rushing touchdowns for the Rebels (2-0).

    Elsenbast, Chargers celebrate homecoming with 26-21 win

  • Are colleges spending funds wisely?

    If you watched a recent college football game between the universities of Utah and Southern California, you couldn’t have missed a somewhat strange interlude when the announcers rattled off statistics about the amount of money PAC 12 universities are spending on stadiums.

  • New library budget spares branches from closure

    No libraries would be closed under a revised budget presented Sept. 8 to the Jefferson County Public Library trustees.

    Instead, an anticipated $2.4 million shortfall would be addressed through other wide-ranging cuts – most notably through reduced hours at every library branch.

    The library board had earlier considered closing the Conifer, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater libraries to save about $695,000 annually. The branches would be spared under the revised budget, essentially a re-examination of options at the behest of the county commissioners.

  • Retired teacher dies in Ken Caryl fire

    The county coroner identified a retired Chatfield High School English teacher as the victim of a Sept. 8 fire in her Ken Caryl home.

    Firefighters discovered the body of Jessica Perry Onesty, 68, after extinguishing a blaze that consumed much of the back of her home at 18 Canyon Cedar.

    The coroner has yet to determine a cause of death, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The fire’s origin also had not been released at press time by West Metro Fire Rescue, which responded to the fire.

  • A house on the road to history

    Even though the historic Bradford Perley House at Ken-Caryl Ranch is just a shell of its former self, the rough-hewn walls and elegant facade welcomed curious visitors for a tour on Saturday.

    Though the house stands in Ken-Caryl Ranch, it has strong ties to Conifer. A main thoroughfare from Denver to the mountains, the Denver, Bradford and Blue River Road began at the Bradford Perley House and ended at Bradford Junction, where the Yellow Barn is located.