Today's News

  • Waterton Canyon reopening delayed until March

    Denver Water has postponed opening Waterton Canyon until March 1 because a contractor hired to dredge massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir is running behind schedule.

    In addition, less than half of the dredging work specified in the $30 million contract has been completed, Denver Water has paid the contractor, New York-based Sevenson Environmental Services, only a little more than half of the $30 million and the two groups are locked in an out-of-court contract dispute, the details of which have not been divulged.

  • Conifer couple surrenders 38 Pomeranians

    A Conifer couple surrendered 38 Pomeranians last month to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, flooding Foothills Animal Shelter with dozens of small dogs in need of medical attention.

    The octogenarian couple, Raymond and Phyllis Kooken, who for years have sold puppies out of their home, voluntarily relinquished custody of all but 10 of their Pomeranians. The couple will be allowed to sell five puppies and to keep five, which are older, provided the dogs are sterilized.

  • More funds means more to debate

    As news begins to trickle in about improvements to our economy, the political implications about who will benefit most will have both high stakes for the interests who will battle for the increased resources a better economy makes available, and high drama as our state’s leaders decide where to dedicate the newly found money.

  • Hick gets credit for bipartisanship

    The Colorado Reappor-tionment Commission recently wrapped up its work of redrawing state legislative boundaries to reflect the 2010 census figures. What began as a collaborative, bipartisan process ended on a bitter note, with five Democrats and the commission’s unaffiliated chairman pushing through a very partisan map on party-line votes.  

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  • Sports briefs

    Columbine goes 2-2 at Cherry Creek Invitational
    — Austin Haldorson scord 17 points as Highlands Ranch sent Columbine to its second loss of the season — both in the Cherry Creek Invitational — on Dec. 21.
    Brett Brady added 14 points for Highlands Ranch.
    Columbine, which went 2-2 in the three-day tournament, entered the winter break with a 6-2 record.

    Chatfield drops third straight, loses at Cherokee Trail

  • 2011 Top 10 sports stories

    2011 saw many things from Columbine’s football program overcoming injuries to win a fifth 5A state championship since 1999 to Dakota Ridge’s Danny Carney coming oh-so-close to a cross country title to Chatfield reaching the state hockey semifinals despite losing head coach bradd markusch for much of the season. The following is a list of the Columbine Courier’s Top 10 sports stories for the past year:


  • Missing Florida cat turns up in South Jeffco

    Four days before Christmas, Daniel Johns learned he would be getting a present — and it would cost him several hundred dollars for an airline ticket and a day or two of vacation time from work.


  • Boulder County assistant DA appointed as Jeffco judge

    Gov. John Hicklenlooper on Wednesday appointed a Boulder County assistant district attorney to a Jeffco judgeship left vacant when Judge Brian Boatright was appointed to the state Supreme Court.

    Christopher Zenisek, a Golden resident, had worked for the 20th Judicial District for three years and previously worked as an associate at a law firm and as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock.

    Zenisek holds a juris doctorate from the University of Denver, the governor’s office said.

  • Jeffco carjacking suspect at large, presumably on foot

    Police are searching for a man who attempted to steal a woman’s car in South Jeffco and then fled on foot with her purse when he apparently couldn't get the Audi's manual transmission into reverse.