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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Nostalgic songs bring smiles to Willowbrook Place residents

    Smiles lit up Willowbrook Place last week when Josh Brookstein played classic tunes by John Denver, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.

    The joy in the room was palpable as Willowbrook residents, all of whom have Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia, sat enthralled, tapping their toes, bobbing their heads and singing along.

    “… The power of music is amazing,” said Brookstein, a Broomfield resident who performs at the South Jeffco memory care facility twice a month.

  • Cougars thwart Jeffco foe Jaguars

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    January is the girls swimming equivalent of baseball’s dog days of summer, a period between the season’s biggest meets — the mid-December Colorado Coaches Invitational and the league and state championships in February. It’s a time when swimmers and coaches are focused on intensive training before tapering for the latter than performance times in the string of dual meets that proceeds them.

  • Commissioners favor rezoning for development at Dinosaur Ridge — without car dealerships

    Jeffco’s county commissioners were poised to vote Tuesday on a rezoning that could bring auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, but after a marathon meeting they instead showed support for a substitute motion by Commissioner Libby Szabo to eliminate vehicle dealerships from the controversial development.

  • Jacober, young Rebels continue to improve their skill set

    LAKEWOOD — Tony Jacober didn’t hide the fact that he was excited, maybe even a little bit scared. After all, this was the Columbine sophomore’s varsity debut on Jan. 12 at Lakewood High School.

    “I had to focus on just getting to work, beginning from practice to getting on the mat. Just completely focused on the match,” Jacober said. “I just want to work hard.”

  • Rebels swimmers start, finish strong

    Abby Hart, by her own admission, isn’t quite as strong in the breaststroke as she is in the butterfly and freestyle. Even her backstroke is solid all things considered.

  • Eagles still finding their identity

    When you’re the only senior on a team full of juniors, it may be expected that you take over the game during crunch time. That’s what Greg McNulty did.

  • T-wreck: a legacy from politicians past

    “Solid stone is just sand and water, baby.

    Sand and water, and a million years gone by.”

    — Beth Nielsen Chapman

    HIGH ABOVE THE STEGOSAURUS LOT — On a chilly and snowy Sunday, no birds of prey are visible from the raptor observation area along the trail, and no hikers or bikers pass by. To the south, clouds close in on the Rooney Valley, and throughout the gray landscape a sense of foreboding looms.

  • Sheriff cautions public on 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.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”