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Today's News

  • Jeffco school board tables controversial curriculum committee

    The Jeffco Board of Education tabled last Thursday its proposal to create a curriculum committee tasked with evaluating the district’s Advanced Placement history class after heated discussion at the meeting and dissension from the PTA earlier in last week.

     “I have to say, I find this resolution chilling,” said board member Lesley Dahlkemper after reading the proposed guidelines for the committee.

  • Wild blue yonder: Balloon club takes flight at Chatfield State Park

    On a day when the skies are clear and the winds calm, a small, tight-knit community descends on an empty field in Chatfield State Park and ascends to new heights. 

    In the early-morning light on Sept. 20, members of the Colorado Balloon Club unloaded their equipment, unfurled their balloons and attached their baskets. Soon, those left on the ground watched as the balloons and their passengers slowly floated away. 

  • A sign of the (political) times

    The county commissioners want to deliver some clear signs to Jeffco residents on signage — specifically, what signs are allowed and what ones violate zoning rules.

    With another campaign season in full spin, the Planning and Zoning Department has clarified its signage policies. The county recently has issued more than a few zoning violations for improperly placed or non-conforming signs, especially those of the political variety. The county commissioners heard a staff briefing on the matter Sept. 9. 

  • Littleton pledges to consult all taxing entities on urban renewal

    The Littleton City Council has pledged to consult all involved taxing entities on the use of tax-increment financing for urban renewal.

    The resolution, approved on a 7-0 vote Sept. 16,  means all affected taxing entities, including Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban Park and Recreation and Arapahoe County, will be included in conversations about redevelopment using tax-increment financing. 

  • Teacher salaries capped in compensation plan

    The best-paid teachers in Jeffco will earn just more than $81,000 this year.

    The Jeffco school board continued its work on the district’s new teacher compensation model at its meeting last Thursday, which included the maximum $81,030 salary.

     “Having that high-water mark, we will not only attract but also retain the great teachers we have in our system,” said Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Jarecki, Chargers stymie Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield coach Nicole Janssen and Brooks Roybal, her Columbine counterpart, bemoan their softball teams’ inconsistency this season. Fortunately for the Lady Chargers, that doesn’t necessarily apply to pitcher Jessica Jarecki.

  • Youth, sloppy play doom Rebels

    ARVADA — Four turnovers, only 10 men on the field, a snap over the punter's head. The brand of football the Columbine Rebels displayed Sept. 18 at the North Area Athletic Complex against fourth-ranked Ralston Valley was uncharacteristic to say the least.

  • Jarecki, Chargers stymie Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield coach Nicole Janssen and Brooks Roybal, her Columbine counterpart, bemoan their softball teams’ inconsistency this season. Fortunately for the Lady Chargers, that doesn’t necessarily apply to pitcher Jessica Jarecki.

  • Eagles’ Fox, Rebels qualify for 5A state

    Columbine boys golf coach Tim Capra knew the situation. Though his Rebels were leading the 5A Central Region tournament at Green Valley Ranch through 12 holes, the lead was anything but safe. Teams, such as Regis Jesuit, Legacy, Arapahoe and Broomfield, were hot on their heels.

    “Everybody was leaking oil out there at the end. Even we started to leak oil,” Capra said.

  • Moody Lujan plows through Farmers

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon would give Jeremy Lujan a thumbs-up. All last week, the Dakota Ridge junior running back played the role of Grumpy Young Man (OK, technically, teenager) to perfection. He even kept head coach Ron Woitalewicz, who termed Lujan’s mood as “grumpy,’’ in suspense.