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Today's News

  • Appeals court upholds decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information

    A Jeffco judge’s decision that teachers’ sick-leave records are public information and not confidential personnel information was upheld in a Jan. 14 state Court of Appeals decision.

    Judges Steve Bernard, Robert Hawthorne and Anthony Navarro upheld a 2015 decision against the Jefferson County Education Association, which sought to prevent the Jeffco school district from releasing the names of teachers who were absent from work during “sick-outs” at several schools in late 2014. More than one Jeffco resident had requested the information.

  • County set to authorize centralized dispatch center

    Jeffco’s long-awaited centralized emergency dispatch center is a month away from being officially authorized, but some details — including how much foothills-area fire departments will be charged for the services — are still unclear.

    The plan to consolidate several county dispatch operations into a single center called JeffCom has been in the works for several years, and Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said at a Jan. 19 meeting that the agency should be ready to “go live” in July 2017.

  • West Metro, Wheat Ridge fire districts negotiate pending merger

    West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi says consolidating his district with the Wheat Ridge Fire District would benefit both agencies.

    “We can provide a better depth of service,” Lombardi said. “It’s good for both West Metro and Wheat Ridge.”

  • Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation raises $85,000 for survivor of helicopter crash

    Helping fellow players is the goal of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation — as a recent charitable effort underscores.

    The Littleton-based group raised a whopping $85,000 at a tournament dedicated to hockey player Dave Repsher of Silverthorne, who suffered critical injuries in the crash of a Flight for Life helicopter last July.

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closes

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closed permanently Jan. 17.

    The store is among 154 Walmarts closing across the country, said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The bulk of the closures under way involve Walmart Express stores, which have been in operation since 2011. Only a handful of neighborhood markets and supercenters are closing, she said.

    A corporate decision about closing selected Walmart stores has been under consideration since last fall, Hatfield said.

  • Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closes

    The Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Bowles Avenue closed permanently Jan. 17.

    The store is among 154 Walmarts closing across the country, said company spokeswoman Anne Hatfield. The bulk of the closures under way involve Walmart Express stores, which have been in operation since 2011. Only a handful of neighborhood markets and supercenters are closing, she said.

    A corporate decision about closing selected Walmart stores has been under consideration since last fall, Hatfield said.

  • Music, hiking, scenic views: Red Rocks Park glows on winter days

    You can hear John Denver singing “Rocky Mountain High” at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    The late musician is featured prominently in a Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a video of his performances at Red Rocks in the 1970s. In a room dedicated to Denver, visitors can gaze at a guitar he once played and see stage outfits he wore and handwritten lyrics he composed.

  • Turnovers costly for Dakota Ridge in loss to Tigers

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge senior Caitlin Navratil likes the way Diane Thompson, the Eagles’ fourth head girls basketball coach in as many years, thinks.

     “One of her mottos is: ‘Believe in something bigger than yourselves,’” Navratil said.

    That became a challenge literally as well as figuratively when the Eagles hosted Lakewood in a Jan. 20 battle of the Class 5A Jeffco League’s only unbeaten teams.

  • No fourth quarter FGs, no problem

    LITTLETON — Sometimes made fields goals can be a deceiving basketball statistic.

    A good example was Jan. 22 at Chatfield High School in the girls basketball rivalry between Columbine and Chatfield. The home Chargers didn’t make a single field goal in the final quarter of the Class 5A Jeffco League battle, but it didn’t matter.

  • Dakota Ridge hockey hitting its stride

    LITTLETON — Things escalated quickly in the second period Jan. 23 at The Edge Ice Arena.

    Dakota Ridge held a modest 1-0 lead after a period against Battle Mountain. The Eagles wasted no time finding the back of the net in the second period.

    “Our first period wasn’t our best,” Dakota Ridge forward Andrew Endsley said. “We really picked it up in that second period.”