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Today's News

  • Shorthanded Lady Chargers hang on, defeat South

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    DENVER — The Chatfield girls basketball team’s December to remember began as a month to forget. Already beginning the season without sophomore Emma Talbot, the top returning 3-point shooter, the Lady Chargers lost their leader, senior Grace Koza, to a torn ACL in the first quarter of the opening game.

  • A pearl of an effort

    The best way to start a Black Friday-esque tussle among sixth-graders is to offer them rolls of yarn at no cost.

    Well, maybe not at all sixth-graders. But that’s certainly what happened when Lynn Story offered free yarn to the sixth-graders in her knitting club at Leawood Elementary School.

    “Welcome to Leawood,” said 11-year-old Micah Harper with a mischievous grin as he clutched the colorful yarn he’d grabbed from Story’s bag.

  • District weighs options ahead of negotiations

    With less than a month before contract negotiations begin with the Jefferson County Education Association, the school district is trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario when it comes to next year’s state funding.

    In the wake of the failure of ballot initiatives 3A and 3B in the November election, district officials are concerned that the uncertain nature of state funding could complicate efforts to retain current teachers and attract new hires.

  • School board to vote Jan. 12 on whether to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board will decide Jan. 12 whether to begin a search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Big Idea Project brings big recognition to teacher

    When Bryan Halsey created the Big Idea Project, it was simply a hands-on way to culminate the business leadership class he started at Columbine High School.

    “We basically challenge students to find a need in the world and then do something about it,” said the business and marketing teacher.

  • St. Nick: gift giver by night, lifesaver by day

    When you think of Santa Claus, you might think of the color red. It is one of the traditional colors of Christmas, and it’s the color of his cozy suit.

    And last Thursday, Santa gave away his first gift of Christmas. It, too, was red.

    The jolly elf, best known for delivering presents and eating cookies, donated blood at Bonfils Blood Center Southwest.

  • Dakota Ridge girls basketball grabs first victory of the season

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    There might not be a tougher three-game stretch for Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team the rest of the season after what the Lady Eagles went through to start the year.

    Dakota Ridge opened the 2016-17 campaign against Class 5A defending state champion ThunderRidge, two-time defending 4A state champion Valor Christian and perennial state contender Broomfield.

  • Mat time key for Rebels at invite

    Cameron Kuykendall had a way of summing up Columbine’s wrestling season. It’s not about wins and losses, but about mat time. That was evident Dec. 10 at the Columbine Invitational.

  • Miks, Chargers methodical in topping Boulder

    BOULDER — It was just another day at the office for Joe Miks. OK, maybe not. But the Chatfield senior certainly had a field day on the scoreboard Dec. 8 at Boulder High School.

    That’s because he scored a game-high 28 points — the second-most in his varsity career — in leading Chatfield to a 70-58 win over the host Panthers. But how many points he scored was of little consequence to Miks as long as Chatfield won for the third time in four games this season.

  • Students craft holiday gifts at Red Rocks Elementary

    Red Rocks Elementary School kicked off the holiday season over the weekend with its annual Gifts from the Heart event, when students make homemade gifts for their friends and family.

    It’s been a tradition at the school for about 10 years, and the school aims to make the gifts holiday-neutral so all can participate.

    Though there is a small fee for each craft, school secretary Kathleen Hanvey said the event is not meant to be a fund-raiser.