Today's News

  • A prayer to pure motion

    "Lately I buy new guitars,

    They're shiny as a hearse.

    I still like the look of road wear,

    But the roles have been reversed.”

    — From “Guitar Shopping” by David Wilcox

    The Pennsylvania winters of my youth seem less cold and more forgiving across time, but the sports we played after school on those dark, damp afternoons still inhabit a vital and vivid place in memory.

  • Late surge dooms Columbine boys

    LAKEWOOD — Back and forth games are always tougher to lose than a blowout. Such was the case for the Columbine Rebels boys lacrosse team who fell to 1-2 on the new season as they dropped one to the Rock Canyon Jaguars 9-7 on March 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The game was a see-saw battle throughout, but Rock Canyon was just a little bit better in the second half as they outscored Columbine 7-4 in the final two quarters to take home the win.

  • Budget woes to dominate whole session

    This week marks the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day 2010 session. The state’s fiscal woes have dominated the session to this point. The legislature has adopted a package of bills that raised revenues by eliminating a variety of tax exemptions as well as approving a 32-bill package that reduced spending by state agencies for the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • At Adrenaline Cycles, 2 entrepreneurs pedal their dreams

      At 37 and 43, Frank Harney and Sean Fey are not exactly senior citizens. But the pair of dedicated extreme-sports enthusiasts decided they were too old for their favorite pastime of racing sport motorcycles at breakneck speeds. So they traded their crotch rockets for two-wheelers powered by their own legs, and their newfound passion led them to open South Jeffco’s newest bike shop.

    Adrenalin Cycles, a small boutique catering to the needs of discerning, spandex-clad riders and elite triathletes, opened its doors Feb.

  • Shooting victim recalls horrific day from hospital bed

      Fourteen-year-old Matt Thieu, the Deer Creek Middle School student critically injured in last week’s shootings, is recovering at home and showing remarkably good spirits. Thieu was discharged from The Children's Hospital in Aurora late in the day on March 1.

    “It’s getting tiring in here,” Thieu said Friday from his room at the hospital in an exclusive interview with the Courier.

  • Liquor sales halted at Mr. Biggs after brawl

      Another wild weekend at Mr. Biggs has resulted in a temporary halt to the entertainment facility’s liquor sales. Meanwhile, the future of the business remains murky in the wake of a liquor-licensing board hearing that left nearly everyone involved scratching their heads.

    A Feb. 27 incident at the business prompted another appearance of owner Art Cormier before the county liquor-licensing board.

  • Jeffco planning $500,000 security revamp at Taj Mahal

      Jefferson County is spending $500,000 to beef up security at the Taj Mahal in response to increased court traffic and in anticipation of three additional judges who are scheduled to arrive next year.

    New magnetometers, or walk-through metal detectors, X-ray belts and a shuffling of desks and other structures in the building’s atrium are among the security revamp.

  • ‘Hero to everyone'

    The Deer Creek Middle School math teacher hailed as a hero for his quick action during last week’s shootings has returned in part to his normal routine, which includes refining his Smurf and kangaroo karate forms with his kids at a South Jeffco dojo.

    David Benke was honored Feb. 27 at Exclusive Martial Arts, a family-oriented karate studio at which he, his son and daughter have been taking regular lessons since late last year.

  • Eastwood charged with 4 attempted-murder counts in Deer Creek shootings


    Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood is facing a variety of charges, including four counts of attempted murder, in the shootings at Deer Creek Middle School on Feb. 23.

    Eastwood, 32, a former student at the school, was advised of the charges against him in Jefferson County Court on March 2.

  • Primary elections to be mail-in only

    The upcoming primary election in August will be conducted exclusively through mail-in ballots in Jefferson County. The board of county commissioners voted unanimously at a public hearing Feb. 23 in favor of the measure.

    The vast majority of public comment taken between Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 supported the use of mail-in ballots, the county stated, and 94 percent of votes in the 2008 primary election were cast through the mail in Jefferson County.