Today's News

  • When artworks become good works

    It wasn’t enough for local artist Tracy Haines to create 30 paintings in 30 days. She wanted her artwork to have an impact on the community.

    Haines, a South Jeffco resident who rediscovered a love of painting after a career as a dermatologist, is donating half of any proceeds from the 30 paintings she is creating this month to Extended Hands of Hope, a Broomfield nonprofit that is working to build a shelter in Jeffco for victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation.

  • Three vying for two two-large seats on Littleton council

    With the makeup of the Littleton City Council in the balance in the Nov. 3 election, the Courier is previewing each of the five races.

    Five of the council’s seven seats are up for election, as residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.

  • Proposed 2016 budget for Jeffco Open Space reflects increase in revenue, expenses

    The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the proposed 2016 budget, which reflects increases in both revenue and expenses in the coming year.

    Jeffco Open Space is projecting a 3 percent increase in sales-tax revenue in 2016, which is expected to generate additional revenue of $16.7 million for the agency, said Hugh Wilson, Open Space business manager. Operational costs also are anticipated to increase by 3 percent in the coming year, Wilson said during a presentation of the budget draft on Sept. 10.

  • County OKs major expansion of church at Belleview and Ward

    Belleview Community Church is merging with The Rock of Southwest, and the combined congregation eventually will gather in a house of worship that will triple the size of the church at West Belleview Avenue and South Ward Street.

    The expansion plan was unanimously approved by Jeffco’s county commissioners on Sept. 15, paving the way for the church at 12472 W. Belleview Ave. to expand to 73,000 square feet from the existing 25,000.

  • Land at Belleview, Simms rezoned to accommodate mix of residential

    A property on South Simms Street just north of West Belleview Avenue zoned for a 290-unit apartment complex has been rezoned to allow 130 single-family homes, townhomes, condos or duplexes on “micro lots.”

    Jeffco’s county commissioners approved the modification to the Belleview Village development unanimously on Sept. 15. But in a vote to establish a special district to help pay for the development, Commissioner Casey Tighe was the lone dissenter. Special districts are governmental agencies with taxing authority to pay for provided services.

  • Columbine bounces back, rips Chatfield

    Jenni Romero knew the importance of Columbine’s Sept. 19 game with rival Chatfield at Dave Sanders Memorial Field. The Lady Rebels, who had won five of six games, were coming off back-to-back 5A Jeffco League losses to Arvada West and Pomona. A third straight conference loss to open league play could’ve been disastrous.

    A seven-run first inning, however, has a way of helping to alleviate any of those worries.

  • Columbine faces tough regional for shot at state

    The World Cup has its “group of death.” Well, the Columbine Rebels’ boys golf team just may have drawn a similar fate for this year’s regional tournament.

    “We’re in the regional of death,” Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra said, noting that the Rebels faced the likes of Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit and Legacy at the 5A Central Regional at Lone Tree Golf Club. Regis tied for second at state in 2014, while Rock Canyon finished 13th.

  • Dakota Ridge trounced by defending state champs

    Dakota Ridge entered its game against two-time defending state champion Pine Creek looking to make a statement that it belonged with the elite teams in 4A.

    Instead, Pine Creek showed Dakota Ridge why it has won two straight state football titles by defeating Dakota Ridge 44-7. Dakota Ridge didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter. The win was the 28th in a row for Pine Creek

  • Vote yes on tax increase for Jeffco library

    The last time the Jeffco Public Library saw a tax increase, the Internet was still a gleam in Al Gore’s eye. Nor had DVDs been invented. E-books? Forget it. “Portable” computers that didn’t result in a hernia? Surely you jest.

    In fact, the last time our library saw a boost in taxpayer support was some 29 years ago, and since then in Jefferson County, demand for services that the library offers has exploded:

    • The county’s population has grown by 130,000 people.

  • Star-struck at ACC

    Some serious star power was in view on Arapahoe Community College’s Littleton campus on Friday night.

    About 40 astronomy aficionados attended the year’s first star-watching party at ACC — an event that gives attendees a closer look at the stars and planets without investing in a telescope.

    Jennifer Jones, an astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at ACC, had the college’s 11-inch Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope outside, and as the sun set, she turned the lens toward some spectacular astral bodies.