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Today's News

  • ACC to build campus in Castle Rock

    Arapahoe Community College will work with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District to establish a $40 million collaborative campus in Castle Rock.

    The 14-acre site will be in the Meadows, a planned community, and will consist of two 54,000-square-foot buildings. The first phase of the two-phase project is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

  • Dive team trains for cold-water rescues

    Picture this: You drive by a frozen lake during the winter and notice tracks in the snow and a hole in the ice. What would you do?

    For the dive team at West Metro Fire Rescue, the answer is simple: The members would gear up and jump in.

    And to prepare for just such an emergency, firefighters recently practiced cold-water diving techniques at Bear Creek Lake Park just east of Morrison. Wet snow pelted their protective suits as the team made practice dives to review rescue procedures.

    In some ways, the cold weather is helpful.

  • Jeffco district proposing to close several schools over next two years

    Jeffco Public Schools is proposing a plan that will close several schools throughout the district over the next two years as part of its efforts to find $20 million to $25 million for employee compensation in the district budget.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the proposal will be presented at the school board meeting on Thursday and is part of a wider plan that proposes cuts across the entire school system.

  • Chargers trio makes quick work of Tigers

    LAKEWOOD — Artem Rusakov, on the one hand, believes he’s doing pretty well this wrestling season. His record — 20-8 — proves as much. 

    On the other hand, he can see room for improvement. Moving down from 195 pounds to 182 has certainly helped his cause.

  • Reed, Chargers down Eagles to remain unbeaten in Jeffco play

    Chatfield senior guard Titus Reed might describe the Chargers’ win over the Dakota Ridge Eagles as “blessed.” Not only did the Chargers defeat the Eagles 84-63 at Dakota Ridge High School, but also because Reed was the Chargers’ leading — and most flashy — scorer.

    He dominated under the net and also nailed the only dunk of the game, racking up a 17 points, including a 3-pointer and 4-of-6 on free throws, for Chatfield (14-1 overall, 6-0 5A Jeffco).

  • Eagles unleash offensive flurry

    Though Dakota Ridge had its most dominant performance in a month — a 10-0 thrashing of Denver East on Jan. 21 at The Edge Ice Arena — players and coaches felt there was still room for improvement after the lopsided victory.

    But still it was a lopsided victory.

    Jacob Gombos had two goals and two assists, and nine players in all scored goals for the Eagles, who dominated in every facet of the game.

  • Rebels get much-needed victory

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Clay Thielking insists he doesn’t “get caught up in standings and things of that nature,” but the Columbine boys basketball coach wasn’t about to underscore the importance of his team’s next-to-last game in the first go-round of 5A Jeffco League play. 

  • South Jeffco residents join Women’s March in Denver

    A divorced mother of two.

    A veteran and member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point.

    A breast cancer survivor.

    A Jewish native of Florida.

    An LGBT woman.

    Some are passionate about the environment; others feel strongly about human rights or health care or education.

  • County sustainability panel hoping to encourage use of solar power

    The Jeffco Sustainability Commission is considering pursuing a designation known as SolSmart that would make it easier for homes and businesses in the county to use solar power.

    SolSmart, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative, helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. The designation aims to minimize the soft costs of solar energy, such as for permitting and costly delays.

  • Jeffco cautions public on proliferation of counterfeit bills

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit money after seeing an increase in its use in 2016.

    The use of fraudulent money was reported nearly 30 times in November and December 2016, a fairly dramatic increase from 2015, when four cases were reported in the county.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said use of counterfeit cash tends to increase later in the year amid the holiday-shopping frenzy.