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Today's News

  • A call to action

    From across the gym at CrossFit Watchtower in Englewood, the shadow of a wheelchair is visible.

    David Ortiz of South Jeffco rolls out of the shadows and into the harsh light of the gym, weaving in and out of kettlebells and barbells to grab weights of his own.

    Pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings, free weights — Ortiz does it all.

    The 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran became a T-10 paraplegic after a helicopter crash in June 2012 while overseas in Afghanistan.

  • Dia de Los Muertos

    “How many of you know ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes?’ ” librarian Nora Stewart asked a dozen kids who attended a special Day of the Dead celebration at the Columbine Library on Oct. 26.

    Smiles and icing covered the eager faces as they nodded their heads and waved their arms in confirmation.

    Stewart then proceeded to teach the children the familiar song in Spanish. All stood, touching their heads and repeating the words after Stewart.

  • Veteran worked behind scenes to support comrades

    William Witt never saw the front lines.

    But because of that, the 92-year-old World War II veteran says, he’s still here to recount the stories of his time spent in the South Pacific.

    Witt, a Wisconsin native, now lives at Brookdale Senior Living in Littleton. He worked in chemical warfare and considers himself to be lucky man.

    “I was just assigned to it. Luckily … If I’d have been out in the fire, shooting them off at the pillboxes, I might not be here,” he said.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Dines, Jaguars hold off Basalt in 1A playoff opener
    BASALT
    — Chad Dines completed 13-of-19 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns and No. 9 D’Evelyn held off host Basalt 27-20 in the first round of the 2A state football playoffs.
    Josh Riggs caught two of those touchdown passes as part of his four receptions for 102 yards. Rome McIntyre caught the other TD pass.
    The Jaguars (8-2) will play top-seeded La Junta (10-0) in the 2A quarterfinals on Nov. 11-12 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.

  • Mullin, Columbine shut out ThunderRidge in season finale

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools
    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s defense sure looks ready for the Class 5A football playoffs.
    The Rebels defense managed its second consecutive shutout Nov. 3 at Jeffco Stadium. Columbine, ranked No. 6 in the final CHSAANow.com 5A football poll, blanked ThunderRidge 41-0 in the regular-season finale for both teams.

  • Column: CHSAA’s flawed RPI postseason ranking system needs tweaking

    I’ve got to get this off my chest, and I’m not going to mince my words: CHSAA’s RPI system is flawed. It’s broken. It needs to be tweaked, if not just outright fixed — and fast.
    The system with its calculated setup to account for a team’s winning percentage, its opponents’ winning percentage and that of the opponents’ opponents is noble, but too much weight is put on how well one’s opponents play and that of their own opponents and not nearly enough on how a team does in the win-loss column.

  • Walters, Ratcliff make some noise at state gymnastics

    THORNTON — Morgan Walters is just a freshman, but it’s safe to say that in her first year as a high school gymnast that she made a name for herself. It just wasn’t a certainty what kind of impact she would have when the season started two months ago because of her relative youth.

  • Chatfield charges way back to state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    When they had to dig deep to preserve their goal of reaching the 5A state tournament for the third straight year, the Chatfield volleyball team mined their memory.
    The Lady Chargers harkened back to 2014, when they had lost their first match at state and found themselves on the brink of elimination after losing the first two sets to Cherry Creek and trailed 24-19 in the third. Sophomore-laden Chatfield rallied to beat the Lady Bruins, and proceeded on to the semifinals.

  • Votes are in: Evergreen’s Tim Leonard retains HD 25 seat

    The Jeffco Elections Office appears to have caught up on its outstanding Election Day ballots, making it safe to declare Republican Tim Leonard the winner in the race for state House District 25.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Casey Tighe survives close election

    After almost a week of watching the polls, a Jeffco candidate in one of the closest races of 2016 finally decided Monday night to concede the election to his opponent.