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Today's News

  • School board recall organizers exceed signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • School board recall organizers reach signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.

  • Up-and-comers take in Mammoth girls lacrosse camp

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Alexis Tolbert, a sophomore-to-be who played on Chatfield's Level 3 girls lacrosse team last spring, admitted she didn't know how or why she wound up attending the inaugural Colorado Mammoth girls lacrosse camp last week.

    But , "I'm really glad I did,"  Tolbert said halfway through eight hours of the July 22-23 instructional camp at Cornerstone Park. "I just wanted to get better. It works me really hard and I got better just from one day."

  • Johnson bumped off pedestal at Bandimere

    MORRISON — Step aside, Allen Johnson. Larry Morgan finally bumped the king off the mountain.

    The long wait for another NHRA Pro Stock champion at Bandimere Speedway finally ended July 26 at the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals. 

    The wait was even longer than usual because of a 27-minute rain delay earlier in the day and a 1 minute, 45 second grind-to-a-halt hold-up at the start line prior to their final. 

  • Jeffco inmate who was found unconscious committed suicide

    A Jeffco jail prisoner who was found unconscious in his cell last week and died a day later committed suicide, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday.

  • 'It's what we do'

    MORRISON — As Steve Whitfield and younger son, Kameron, worked on Kris Whitfield’s Roadster, the 25-year-old was trekking down the straightaway at Bandimere Speedway in his brand-new dragster. 

    He quickly exited the vehicle — after an elimination-round defeat, hurried into the race truck briefly before getting ready to race again — this time in the Roadster.

  • Crowd gets a bang out of concert

    There’s nothing like listening to an orchestra play as the sun sets — the beauty of a violin, the dignity of the French horn, the sound of a battery of cannons firing in unison.

    At Clement Park on Saturday evening, the 4th Artillery Band, whose members dressed in Civil War-era attire, performed Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” which calls for cannons to be fired in the score.

    And boy, were they fired. Volley after volley sounded as the band played on.

  • Candidates for school board seat tout divergent backgrounds

    A former commercial property manager and a veteran teacher will vie for a seat on the Jeffco school board this fall.

    Arvada resident Kim Johnson, who touts her years in the business world and time spent volunteering in the Jeffco district, and Applewood resident Ali Lasell, who points to her 26 years of teaching and curriculum writing mostly at Adams 12 Five Star Schools, will compete for Jill Fellman’s seat in District 3, which includes parts of Lakewood and Arvada.

  • Length of contract is latest sticking point in talks with teachers union

    Negotiations between Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have hit a snag over the length of the next contract.

    The Jefferson County Education Association’s bargaining team wants a three-year contract for teachers. The school district wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

    The two sides seemed to be nearing an agreement before the issue came up at a July 15 negotiating session. Negotiators left the meeting without a resolution and with no date for the next session. 

  • Bike race to roll through downtown Littleton

    Nationally ranked cyclists will cruise downtown Littleton streets on Saturday, Aug. 1, as part of the Littleton Twilight Criterium.

    The race, in its third year, will have cyclists zipping through a 1.3-kilometer course that loops through historic downtown at speeds close to 40 mph.

    This year’s race is sanctioned by USA Cycling and is part of the Professional National Criterium Calendar, said Becky Motchan, marketing and event coordinator with the city. That means professional bicycle teams from across the country will be coming to Littleton to compete.