Today's News

  • Rebel ball: Path to state

    Columbine Courier sports editor Michael Hicks and photo editor Matthew Jonas are following head coach Andy Lowry’s Columbine Rebels from the start of practice throughout the 2011 season, a year after a 9-2 season and a disappointing second-round playoff loss. We will follow the Rebels throughout the season and the work that goes into it. First in a series.

  • DA’s Safety Fair slated Aug. 27

    Free children’s attractions including a bicycle rodeo and bounce castle will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the third annual Jefferson County District Attorney’s Safety Fair at the county fairgrounds.

    Also on tap are important adult attractions, including free credit reports, document shredding, small-electronics recycling and 911-only cell phones for seniors.

    Following the event’s theme, attractions and booths emphasize safety, particularly related to Internet use, fraud prevention, driving, health and recreational activities.

  • Planning commission approves changes to South Jeffco blueprint

    The county planning commission unanimously approved a revision to the South Jefferson County Community Plan on Aug. 10, altering the existing plan to encourage more mixed commercial and residential development.

    The most significant difference in the new plan is the addition of “neighborhood centers,” mixed-use parcels that could one day be home to small developments similar to Belmar. If redeveloped, the areas would function as small communities in which residents would live, shop and potentially work in the same general locales.

  • County won’t redraw commission districts

    Jefferson County’s commissioner districts will not be redrawn following results of the 2010 U.S. census, the Board of Commissioners decided at an Aug. 10 meeting.

    Because the three districts have population variances of less than 5 percent from the average number of residents in each, the county is not legally required to alter any of the boundaries, county staff said.

  • Developers buy Green Gables Country Club

    The 150-acre Green Gables Country Club will likely be replaced in the near future with a mix of housing and retail.

    Land development company Urban Frontier and other investors purchased the 83-year-old club at 6800 W. Jewell Ave. last month for more than $15 million, with plans to plow under the golf course and develop the land.

    Urban Frontier founder Garrett Baum, a Bow Mar resident, spoke at a county planning commission meeting Aug. 11 in favor of the updated South Jeffco community plan, now dubbed “The South Plains Area Plan.”

  • Two candidates remain for director of Jeffco libraries

    The Jefferson County Public Library board pared its list of 26 candidates for library director to two last week.

    The library named as finalists David Farnan, the Douglas County Libraries’ associate director of community services, and Cynthia Kolaczynski , deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District. The person selected will succeed former Jeffco libraries director Marcellus Turner, who was hired to head the Seattle Public Library system.

    Both Farnan and Kolaczynski hold master of library science degrees.

  • Library board considers filters to block porn on computers

    Pornographic images may soon be blocked from computers in Jefferson County public libraries, though the textual content of websites such as those of Playboy and Penthouse may not.

    At a library study session Aug. 11, board members weighed several options in regulating Internet content, including doing nothing at all. Other possible choices include blocking only images considered pornographic or blocking pornographic websites in their entirety.

    Though library staff and board members seemed to favor filtering images, that process would have several flaws.

  • Rec district discusses solutions to budget shortfall

    Foothills Park & Recreation District is facing a $143,000 budget shortfall for 2012, and its board of directors is considering the short-term solution of dipping into savings to bridge the gap.

    Though using savings could prevent the district from closing facilities or laying off employees in the immediate future, a more concrete solution could be necessary to prevent drastic cuts.

  • Residents decry Foothills land sale

    A crowd of South Jeffco residents confronted the Foothills Park & Recreation District board on Aug. 9, voicing opposition to the proposed sale and development of more than 30 acres of open space.

    Residents expressed concerns about destruction of wildlife habitat, decreased home values and a general concern for a perceived lack of communication from the recreation district.

  • Courting a dream

     Using makeshift supplies, donated hoops and years worth of his own savings, South Jeffco resident Brian Smith has been spreading his love of basketball throughout small African villages.

    The backboards and courts have a distinctly homemade appearance. Children play on compacted dirt, and available timber is cemented into the ground to form a sturdy pole. On the back of each wooden backboard, Smith paints a globe accentuated with lines to make it resemble a basketball.

    He calls it a symbol of endless possibilities.