Today's News

  • Targets of school board recall speak on camera

    Jeffco school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, who are the target of a recall, were interviewed on camera recently at Evergreen Newspapers about the major decisions they’ve made since being elected to the board in 2013, and about their thoughts on the recall.

    To see the video interviews, click here.

    Some background

  • West Metro firefighters pull dog from mineshaft

    A dog who tumbled down a 200-foot mineshaft near Roxborough Park on Monday was rescued by West Metro Fire Rescue. 

    Bailey, an American terrier, fell into the open clay mine while she and her owner, Eric Storrs, were hiking on the Hogback near Roxborough Park, said Ronda Scholting, spokeswoman for West Metro. 

  • Labor Day profiles: ‘Those people are in need of your help’

    Area residents were given an extra day off last weekend in observance of Labor Day, the national holiday that celebrates the contributions of the American worker.

    The Columbine Courier has profiled four people who work and live in South Jeffco. Each touches the lives of residents every day, whether by providing emergency aid in a time of need, a loving touch to local trees, or a permanent display of art and personality.

    Dean Severson — West Metro Fire Rescue, Station 10

  • Ex-principal gets year in jail for sex assault on minor

    Steve Weigum, the former principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School in South Jeffco who pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, was sentenced Aug. 31 to 387 days in jail and 10 years of intensive supervised probation.

    Weigum, 55, was arrested March 9 and charged with three class 3 felonies related to repeated sexual assault on a female minor between 2004 and 2010. The victim came forward earlier this year and told her mother about the assaults.

  • Littleton again revises rules on sidewalk displays

    The Littleton City Council has made another change in the rules governing retail sidewalk displays in the historic downtown, and will now permit displays on an unlimited number of days while reducing their allowable size.

    The council voted 7-0 in favor of the changes on Aug. 1. Merchants can now apply for a permit to display merchandise in front of their stores for an unlimited number of days. The size of the displays will be limited to 10 square feet, a reduction from the 20 square feet allowed previously.

  • School board candidates face off in first public forum

    Nine of the 12 people vying for the five seats on the Jeffco school board faced off Aug. 31 at the first public forum of the election cycle, hosted by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, the targets of a recall effort, all attended, each emphasizing talking points about accomplishments since their election to the board in 2013.

  • Littleton council delays vote on downtown smoking ban

    The Littleton City Council has delayed a vote on a potential smoking ban downtown until November, after a large contingent of residents and business owners spoke in opposition to the measure.

    The council voted 6-1 on Aug. 1 to table a vote on the ordinance until Nov. 3. Councilwoman Debbie Brinkman, who had presented the proposed ban to the council, voted against tabling the decision.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine, Mullen battle to a 4-all stalemate

    Will Harris scored a goal and had two assists as Columbine battled to a 4-all tie with Mullen on Sept. 3 at Columbine High School.
    Evan Bivens, Dylan Pritchett Ettner and Juan-Pablo Reynal also scored for the Rebels in the season opener.
    Goal scorers for Mullen included Alex Whitfield, Jacob Hansen, Patrick Rooney and Michael Jimenez.
    Columbine led 2-1 at halftime before the teams combined for five second-half goals.

  • Cabot’s return ignites Chatfield to its first win of the season

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield boys soccer team was badly in need of an offensive infusion and a win as it took on Wheat Ridge in its third game. The return of Jacob Cabot helped account for both in a 1-0 Chargers non-league victory at Lakewood Memorial Field on Sept. 3.

  • Lowry, Rebels handle Overland

    Columbine senior quarterback Jake Lowry showed Overland that he can be a duel threat last Sept. 3 at Jefferson County Stadium. Lowry threw two touchdown passes to Columbine junior Mikey Griebel and ran for two more scores in the Rebels’ 28-0 victory over the Trailblazers.
    “My motivation was to make plays, whether it was running or throwing,” Lowry said. “It was just to get in the end zone and make plays for my team.”