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Today's News

  • 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.

  • A tapestry of voices

    Some music fans might think that voices singing alone on stage amount to nothing more than a choir.

     

    But when Mix, an award-winning a capella group at the University of Colorado Denver, performs an Adele cover song, all preconceptions about vocal music go out the window.

    Choir music this ain’t. 

    In the middle of it all is singer-songwriter Vanessa Spear, a 2008 graduate of Chatfield High School.

  • Judge orders Sigg's pretrial hearing closed to public

    When authorities discovered the remains of Jessica Ridgeway on Oct. 10, it was a gruesome end to a horrible chapter in Colorado’s history. 

  • Arrest made in Lakewood townhome fire

    West Metro Fire Rescue investigators have made an arrest in connection with a fire that destroyed three townhomes in Lakewood.

    The suspect, Robert Carlton Lohman, 41, is being charged with multiple counts of arson and reckless endangerment stemming from an early-morning fire on Feb. 15. Investigators allege that Lohman started a fire on the rear patio of his townhome at 8378 W. Virginia Ave. about 2:05 a.m. while Lohman’s family and other residents were asleep.

    Everyone in the home, including the pets, made it out of the house safely.

  • Seceding from rational thought

    Just think of the opportunities secession will give to Coloradans from all walks of life. Once we rid ourselves of that evil scourge that’s haunted us since we became a state a tortuous 136 years ago, we can move on and meet our true destiny.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Male pattern boldness

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Snow, Rebels rally in the fourth to knock off Littleton

    Jon Snow scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Columbine bounced back from its first loss of the season to topple Littleton, 66-58, on Dec. 6.
    The Rebels (2-1) trailed 50-45 after three quarters, but rallied to outscore the visiting Lions 21-8 over the final eight minutes.
    Tyler McMinimee added 17 points, which included three 3-pointers.
    Andrew Malmstrom led Litttleton (2-3) with 23 points.

  • Cyclones block Eagles’ direction

    The saying, ‘when a door closes a window opens’ doesn’t mention anything about screens blocking those doors and windows. Such was the case for the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles when they lost 66-40 to the Pueblo West Cyclones at home on Dec. 8 at the Battle at the Ridge tournament.
    The Lady Cyclones put up a screen so tight under the net that it closed the doors and windows of opportunity for host Dakota Ridge.