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Today's News

  • Eagles putting pieces in place for run in Jeffco

    Things are coming together at Dakota Ridge.

    For a program with a second-year coach and players that kept their heads above water last season as sophomore starters, the Eagles are progressing nicely.

    “We had an awesome summer,” coach Curi Yutzy said. “The kids are really starting to get what we’re trying to do.”

    The Eagles return three starters from a squad that went 8-15 overall last year, 3-10 in the Class 5A Jefferson County League.

  • Courier attorney: Access to county commissioners' e-mails falls short

    An online system that displays e-mails among the three Jeffco commissioners - created after the Courier confronted the commission over an apparent violation of the state Open Meetings Law - has been used just once.

    And, according to First Amendment attorney Chris Beall, the system still doesn’t bring the commissioners into full compliance with the law.

  • Realtors, banks work to maintain foreclosed homes

    Some Realtors and an official at Colorado’s biggest bank say they’re doing everything they can to keep foreclosed homes looking spiffy in Jefferson County.

    Their work comes as sheriff’s deputies and county commissioners are discussing how to levy fines or other penalties on banks and others that don’t maintain the properties. County officials also want those responsible for the properties to register their names so they can be contacted if crimes are committed.

  • Fatal stabbing reported at apartment complex

    Two people were stabbed, one fatally, at an apartment complex in South Jeffco on Sunday morning.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office identified the pair as: James K. Sack, 37, and Yesenia Avila, 26. Avila died from her injuries.

    The stabbings occurred about 9:30 a.m Nov. 1 at the Dakotas Apartments near Southwest Plaza.

    Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Sack is in custody at the hospital, and that the circumstances around the death are still under investigation.

     

  • Calculating the casualties of war

    While classrooms across the country honored veterans Nov. 10 with patriotic plays, songs or flag ceremonies, math teacher Jean Coyne’s students celebrated with protractors and calculators.

    “We’re making a pie graph representing the total number of years for each (U.S.) war,” said 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student Mark Sherman.

    The Veterans Day exercises made class interesting, Sherman said, because students used real-life data to create graphs revealing how much war affects soldiers and the country.

  • Jeffco schools win award for tech-savvy approach

     

    The Jefferson County School District is certainly on top of technology, as it was named first in the nation by the Center of Digital Education as part of the Digital School District Survey.

    The award came after an electronic survey was taken in school districts nationwide gauging how they integrate the use of technology in curriculum and district use.

    Jeffco placed first in districts with more than 15,000 students.

  • Hoops coach to take year absence

    Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler has taken a one-year leave of absence from the program, according to athletic director, Chad Broer.

    “Steve’s going to take a year off and focus on some family issues,” Broer said. “He approached me about six weeks ago and told me what was going on in his life and that (taking a year off) may be an option. I advised him to take some time and that in the beginning of November, we’d talk again.”

  • Bat study sheds light on nocturnal fliers

    Blood-sucking, rabies-carrying, flying-blind mice might seem like suitable subjects for a school research project, especially around Halloween.

  • Overcoming temptation

    Linda Barnard has a message for her clients: Pour the soda down the sink and stock up on dietary supplements.

    Barnard, the owner of a South Jeffco fitness studio, has decades of experience that have produced an ethos that emphasizes restraint and doesn’t accept failure.

    It’s been more than a year since Barnard opened DOT Weight Loss and Wellness, which was inspired by her time managing Gloria Stevens Figure Salons in Massachusetts.

  • Industry loses one of the good guys

    The name Steve Ellis doesn’t resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis’s name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened. A true bulldog till the end,  he made his wife e-mail in his copy before calling 911.