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Today's News

  • Hitting the High Notes: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • Student artwork takes center stage at Ute Meadows

    Standing on a stage decorated with cutouts of stars and a sliver of moon, student Yuna Chang sang, “You can count on me … like 1, 2, 3, I’ll be there” to a group of parents and youngsters.

    Yuna was among a host of students who took the stage during Evening of the Arts at Ute Meadows Elementary School on Friday evening. The Southwestern-themed event showcased an abundant variety of visual and performance arts on the chilly spring evening.

  • Holley captures tournament victory

    GOLDEN — At first glance, it looked like it might be a rough day at Applewood Golf Course on April 13.

    All the Jeffco League girls golf teams descended on the par 71 course for the third conference tournament of the season. With the greens having just been aerated, putting would be a challenge with more sand than grass visible on most greens.

  • Rebels amp it up against Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield senior goalie Jordan Alexander gave out as many hugs to Columbine players as saves he made against the Rebels in the boys lacrosse rivalry showdown April 15 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    “The guys played their hearts out,” said Alexander, who added he has played with or against several Rebels since second grade. “It’s a good rivalry game and has been tight in the past. The way we came out in the first half was just awesome.”

  • Quick Hits

    Mother Nature strikes again

    The winter storm last weekend played havoc with the spring sports schedule yet again. All baseball, lacrosse, girls soccer, girls tennis and track meets scheduled for Saturday, April 16, were postponed. Jeffco baseball teams will have to scramble this week in attempt to get fields in playing condition with only four weeks left of the regular season before regional tournaments the second weekend in May.

    Fund-raising effort moved

  • Ratashak kicks in OT game-winner

    ARVADA — It was likely the final scoring opportunity Dakota Ridge would have April 15 at the North Area Athletic Complex’s soccer field.

    Senior Lauryn Ratashak lined up a direct free kick as the clock kept ticking down during the second overtime period. The Eagles were locked in a 1-1 tie against Pomona in the Class 5A Jeffco League game, and a tie wasn’t the result Dakota Ridge (3-7, 2-1 in league) wanted against the Panthers (1-9, 0-3).

  • Chatfield nets sweep of rival Columbine

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Grace Koza has this Class 5A Jeffco League tennis thing down pat.

    The Chatfield junior hasn’t lost a league match at No. 1 singles since her freshman season. Coach Robert Campbell said Koza has “ascended to another level this year.”

    The same could hold true for the Chargers as a team.

  • Board mulls budget, boost in employee pay

    Employee compensation and budgetary concerns largely dominated the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday.

    In a meeting that stretched almost to midnight, the board spent much of the time discussing how to address its top priority: increasing educator compensation in order to attract and retain talent within the school district.

  • Two lifesaving acronyms: CPR, AED

    A half century ago in rural Pennsylvania, a woman named Clem spent her mornings immersed in the pungent smell of chlorine and the ornery noise of youngsters wakened too early.

    Part drill instructor and part den mother, Clem preached water safety with the fervor of a country minister, and over the years she taught thousands of young charges how to swim. For the older students, the ones earning their lifeguard certification, this also meant a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Five arrested in early-morning raid at South Jeffco home

    Five people were arrested in an early-morning raid at a home on West Bowles Avenue on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said three of the arrestees were being held in the Jeffco jail on drug-related charges, and the other two were arrested on outstanding warrants.