Today's News

  • County hosts primer on Colorado's Open Meetings Law

    Jeffco’s elected officials and volunteers who serve on the county’s 28 boards and commissions were treated to a primer on Colorado’s Open Meetings Law on April 28.

    Media attorney Steven Zansberg presented the program, which the county agreed to host after two commissioners violated the Open Meetings Law last summer when they discussed public business via e-mail.

  • Stall tactic doesn’t slow down Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t a matter of if Columbine would score. It was just a matter of when.

    And how many times.

    Ralston Valley’s girls lacrosse team held the ball in a watching-paint dry stall to open the May 8 game at Trailblazer Stadium. But like the Rebels had done 14 times previously this season they took control of the regular-season finale — a 14-5 victory over the host Mustangs — which served as little more than a postseason tune-up for Columbine.

  • Teacher who had relationship with student gets probation

    A former South Jeffco English teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage student was sentenced in county court April 27 to at least five years of probation and five years in community corrections.

    Linda Lewis Trabucco, 44, was teaching at Collegiate Academy of Colorado when she allegedly had a relationship with a student, who was a seventh-grader when they met. The relationship began in 2003 when the student was a high school freshman and lasted at least through the time of the student’s graduation.

  • Jill Biden tours community college tech training programs

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spent the day last Friday visiting two community colleges in Denver, learning how they are training students to apply new technologies in old-school job categories.

    At Arapahoe Community College, she examined a 300-volt hybrid battery, looked under the hood of a 2010 GMC Yukon, and encouraged students in their future careers as auto technicians for the 21st century.

  • Foothills' Ward 3 candidates offer opinions, ideas

      The Columbine Courier will be presenting a series of interviews with political candidates for the 2010 elections. This week features written interviews with the three candidates running for the Ward 3 seat on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board.

    The May 4 Foothills election is being conducted through mail-in ballots that will be sent to residents of Wards 3 and 4. One candidate will be elected to a board position in Ward 3 and Ward 4. Directors serve a four-year term.

  • Breakfast honors county residents who champion literacy

    Blintzes and fruit were in ample supply April 27 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, along with a healthy portion of optimism and goodwill. The 19th annual breakfast hosted by Jeffco’s Good News Coalition brought hundreds of county bigwigs and community members together to celebrate achievements in literacy over warm mugs of coffee.

  • Chatfield stuns Columbine in playoff tune-up

    LAKEWOOD — When Columbine and Chatfield play each other, you can throw the record book out the window. This was evident on May 4 as the Chargers beat the Rebels in every aspect of the game in a 6-0 girls soccer romp at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    For the Rebels, the loss snapped a 12-game winning streak while the Chargers played their most complete game of the season, constantly applying pressure on Columbine.

  • Chatfield, Columbine doubles teams going to state

    Chatfield’s four doubles teams and No. 2 and 3 singles — Katrine Ross and Rachel Frisz — qualified for the 5A state girls tennis tournament at the Region 2 tournament, hosted by Chatfield, on May 5.

    Ross and Frisz took second place, while the doubles teams — Kimberly Arfsten and Molly Reynolds (No. 1), Sara Palmer and Madi Mamaghani (No. 2), Carrie Ford and Lindsie Ford (No. 3) and Stephanie Watson and Kathleen McGuire (No. 4) won regional championships.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • Edwards, long ball drive CHS to playoffs

    Andrew Edwards may never again have a game like he did May 5 against Dakota Ridge. But for one day the Chatfield first baseman was swinging the bat as if he were the second coming of Barry Bonds.

    And, oh, what an appropriate time to do that.

    Edwards homered three times in four at-bats, driving in six runs as the host Chargers scored a 9-5 victory in what turned out to be an elimination game to determine which teams would qualify for the 5A state baseball playoffs out of the Jeffco League.