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Today's News

  • Parties leave us with post-convention hangover

    The political conventions are over. The final television images showed convention workers popping the red, white and blue balloons and sweeping them away. The candidates nominated in Cleveland and Philadelphia are the most unpopular in modern times, and perhaps in the history of our country.

  • Ken-Caryl’s Music a la Mode hops with summer fun

    Eager kids lined up to have their faces painted at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House on Aug. 3, just one of many activities at the Music a la Mode summer celebration.

    Sitting on a blue chair, 3-year-old Jude Duran squinted as paint met skin. Meanwhile, Adam Duran, Jude’s father, held his son’s head still as a clown painted Jude’s face to look like Spiderman. After the process was finished, Jude looked into a mirror with a smile of satisfaction.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Chatfield Gold Crown team tryouts set
    Tryouts for the Chatfield Senior High Gold Crown volleyball team will be held Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Chatfield Senior High.

    Tryouts are open to girls in fifth through eighth grade. Players of all skill levels are welcome. A parent meeting will take place at the time.

  • Optimism rising to add boys volleyball program

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Mark and Judy Bennett aren’t holding their breath, but they will be waiting with bated breath over the next year tracking a movement to make boys volleyball the next sport to receive accreditation from the Colorado High School Activities Association.

  • Rebels’ Tait in position to challenge in 5A

    The 2016 boys golf season will be a swan song for Columbine head coach Tim Capra. After 28 years, which he’s called a fun ride, Capra says it’s time to move on. 

    But not before he finishes one last project — watching Marcus Tait finish a high school career that has improved by leaps and bounds every year since he was a freshman in 2013.

  • Mayberry epitomizes role of team player

    It was nothing three years ago for Brian Mayberry to pile into a car with his teammates and drive three hours to watch the University of Sioux Falls football team play. That’s the kind of support he was willing to give head coach Jed Stugart and the Cougars as he sat out his freshman season.

    He didn’t have to be there, but he wanted to be. His older teammates took him under their wings, showing him how things would be on the gridiron on the college level. He watched and learned both what to do and what might go wrong.

  • Jeffco sheriff eases fire restrictions

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has lifted its Stage II fire ban and returned to Stage I fire restrictions in the county.

    The less-stringent restrictions were reinstated because of lower temperatures and higher humidity that have reduced wildfire risk. The change was made starting Friday morning.

    People are prohibited from:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire or recreational campfire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a developed park, campground, private residence or picnic area.



  • Local family hoping for a cure

    At first blush, South Jeffco resident Tatum Moore appears to be a pretty typical 10-year-old girl.

    She enjoys dancing and twirling to music, and spends a lot of time chasing her 5-year-old brother, Tegan, around the living room. Tegan usually catches an adoring bop on the head from his older sister when she catches him.

  • Photos by Jeffco deputies named finalists in national contest

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has had two photographs selected as finalists in the National Sheriffs’ Association’s 2016 Photo Contest.

    An image by Jeffco Sgt. Charlie Simmons of Deputy John Butler patrolling Highway 93 against a cloudy, mountainside sunset is one of the five finalists in the “patrol” category. And Specialist Stephen Willder’s photo of Deputy James Tucker at the Jeffco jail during a night shift in February was in the top five in “jail / corrections.”

  • Dojo trains kids, adults in Japanese martial arts

    At the intersection of Bowles and Kipling, a sign near the stoplights reads, “Ninja Training, next to Ace Hardware.” Around the corner from the hardware store, people walk through a door and find themselves at the top of a flight of stairs covered with artwork of samurai. After a short trip down, visitors might feel as if they’ve walked into a ninja movie.