Today's News

  • Living a cloistered life in Littleton

    By Laura Herrington
    For the Courier
    On a recent Monday just before 6:30 a.m., 30 of the faithful motor up a partially hidden driveway to the historic house at 6138 S. Gallup St. They trickle into a small, unadorned chapel and sit scattered on the wooden pews, waiting for Mass to begin.

  • Columbine survivor to point lens at shootings' aftermath

    At age 17, Sam Granillo said he wasn’t ready to see a counselor.
    Following the Columbine shootings, a flood of offers from local therapists inundated many students who, like Granillo, were years from understanding the full effects the event would have on their adult lives.
    Today, at 29, Granillo rarely sleeps without intense nightmares — a delayed effect of the three hours he spent crammed into a kitchen office with 17 others at the high school, at times bracing against the door to keep at least one of the shooters from entering.

  • The holiday’s main event: Main Street in downtown Littleton jammed as locals welcome the Jolly Elf

    By Laura Herrington
    For the Courier
    Former Littleton resident Carl Gwynn travels each year from Salt Lake City for the annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting downtown, proclaiming it the best Christmas event in the country.

  • 2011-12 winter sports previews: boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling

    Head coach: Curi Yutzy
    Assistant coaches: Nick Cummings JV, Doug Mitchell L3
    League: 5A Jeffco League
    2010-11 record: 13-12
    Key players: N/A. “We lost a great senior class who contributed a lot not only to the basketball program but to other DRHS programs as well,” Yutzy said.

  • Chatfield grad to play rugby for U.S. team

    Sara Edwards, a 26-year-old elite rugby player and 2003 Chatfield graduate, was selected to attend an elite 7’s rugby tournament in Cuba on Dec. 2-3.
    The USA team, Atlantis, will compete against teams from Canada and Venezuela among others.
    Edwards was chosen for the team by 7’s coach Emil Signes. She is one of only 12 players to be selected.
    This is the first time a USA women’s rugby team will be playing in Cuba. Cuba is beginning preparation for its 2016 Olympic squad.

  • Proposed football conferences for 2012-14

    The following is a breakdown of the proposed 52-team 5A football conferences for the 2012-14 cycle released by the Colorado High School Activities Association:
    CENTENNIAL: Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland, Smoky Hill
    FRONT RANGE: Fossil Ridge, Fort Collins, Horizon, Mountain Range, Poudre, Rocky Mountain
    EAST METRO: Abraham Lincoln, Brighton, Northglenn, Prarie View, Thorton, Westminster
    CONTINENTAL: Chaparral, Douglas County, Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, Regis Jesuit, ThunderRidge

  • Columbine to play for 5A state title

    LAKEWOOD — It was just two plays. Just 33 seconds. But Cameron and Bernard McDondle covered 174 yards on those back-to-back offensive plays for Columbine. That’s all it took for the Rebels.
    Just over two minutes apart, first Cameron McDondle for 86 yards and then younger brother Bernard for 88, for all intents and purposes, ran Columbine back into the 5A state football championship game on Nov. 26 at Jefferson County Stadium for the first time in five years.

  • For Coloradans, a day for giving

    Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • Sheriff losing officers to cities with higher pay

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has for years been losing newly trained recruits and deputies to other metro-area police agencies, which employees attribute to a longstanding hiatus of the department’s step-and-grade pay system.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide a specific number of employees who left for greener pastures, other local law enforcement agencies have been luring away deputies since 2007 with offers of better pay, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • Library seeking more employee buyouts as district battles to slash $800,000

    Too few Jeffco library employees have accepted voluntary layoff packages for the system to meet an expected $800,000 in annual savings, leading the library to seek a second round of offers.

    The measure was implemented to help the library meet about $2.4 million in cuts next year, a portion of which is also being addressed through decreased hours of operation at the system’s largest branches.