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Today's News

  • 50,000 expected at annual Red, White & You event

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will host the annual Red, White & You event July 1 at Clement Park, with an expected attendance of 50,000 throughout the park.

    Regina Smith, Foothills' arts and events supervisor, said this year's event will have more amenities, more vendors and booths, and likely more attendees. She says the district expects 20,000 people will be in the immediate event area.

  • Summer swim league comes full circle

    Summer swimming league is a lot like the Eagles song “Hotel California” ­— once you check in, you can never leave. For those who are skeptical, one only needed attend the 27th annual Ken Caryl Invitational swim meet, which took place June 24-25 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool. 

  • Column: Return lets me know what I’ve been missing

    Hi again. I’m back.

    Nine months ago, I didn’t envision a return to Evergreen Newspapers and Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. Working in Boulder had given me a more regular work schedule, not as far of a drive from my Arvada home and a sense of being back in the operations of a daily newspaper. It also, however, reminded me of what I was missing.

  • Lowe named Front Range Christian coach

    Paul Lowe is a youth pastor and one who devotes himself to helping kids learn how best to serve God. He’s also a football coach, but, unfortunately, Denver Christian didn’t have a team after it suspended its program prior to the 2014 season. 

    But when Front Range Christian unexpectedly had an opening, it was a perfect match for the two to come together.

  • Little Leaguers in a league of their own

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Little League Baseball draws the lion’s share of publicity, capped by its nationally televised World Series in Williamsport, Pa. But baseball purists might prefer tournaments under the auspice of the United States Specialty Sports Association, of which the Dakota Ridge Sports Association’s youth teams are a member.

  • Student artwork lands in high-profile exhibit

    The walls of the student services office at the School of Education at Metropolitan State University are now the permanent home to 15 pieces of artwork by students at Normandy Elementary.

  • Woman's attacker could face extended sentence

    A South Jeffco man who was convicted of attacking his girlfriend last July has a hearing this week to consider whether his prior felony convictions could be considered during the habitual criminal phase of his sentencing.

    Chuck Martinez was arrested in July 2015 after his girlfriend was found covered in blood at her apartment complex in the 3500 block of South Nelson Circle. She was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, including a skull fracture and brain bleed.

  • Kindergarten paraprofessional wins statewide award

    Anne Bitsie has hundreds of children.

    While only three of them are her own, the rest are 10 years’ worth of former kindergarten students, the oldest of whom are now in high school.

    “My students will always be a part of my heart,” Bitsie said. “Oftentimes, I see them out at the store, or around town, and they’ll stop and say hello. Even if it’s been years (since they were in kindergarten), it’s so touching to see that they remember me and to hear that I made a positive impact on their lives.”

  • District weighing options after medical-marijuana bill becomes law

    Jeffco Public Schools may be drafting a policy on medical marijuana after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that requires the state’s districts to allow use of the remedy on school grounds.

    “Jack’s Law” law requires school districts to “adopt a policy permitting the use of medical marijuana by students authorized” to use it. The legislation was named for Jack Splitt, a Wheat Ridge middle school student with cerebral palsy whose medical marijuana was confiscated last year by school officials.

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the Jeffco school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.