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Today's News

  • BY THE NUMBERS: A look at the prep season

    Sports are all about numbers — how many points were scored, the digits on a jersey, how much time is left in the game, how many yards to the hole, and so forth. The 2013-14 high school season had its fair share of numbers. The Columbine Courier takes a look back at the recently concluded campaign and the numbers that stood out during the season.

    93

  • Boy injured when wind gust sends bouncy slide rolling

    A 10-year-old boy was injured Saturday afternoon when a gust of wind sent an inflatable bouncy slide careening down a slope at Easton Park.

    The slide rolled about 200 yards with the boy still in it, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The boy’s injuries were described as minor, and he was transported to a nearby clinic.

    A girl about the same age also was in the slide when it started to roll but got out quickly. She suffered minor injuries as well, Techmeyer said. 

  • GOP candidate Keyser seeking political balance in legislature

    Colorado native Jon Keyser says he's running for the House District 25 seat to help restore political balance to the state legislature. 

    “We’re coming off of a couple of years of control by the same party,” he said. “There are no checks and balances.”

    Keyser, a Morrison resident, said he would like to serve the state as a “citizen legislator” representing the interests and concerns of those in his district. 

  • Selecting a single finalist rates an F

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right. Or, perhaps more importantly, smart.

    When the Jefferson County Board of Education designated Daniel McMinimee as the sole finalist to serve as the new superintendent of schools, it met the requirements of Colorado law. What the board — or, more specifically, the board’s majority of Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams — didn’t do was to learn from earlier miscues that how you do things is just as important as what you do.

  • School board hires McMinimee as superintendent

    The Jeffco school board on May 27 hired Daniel McMinimee to be the district’s new superintendent, despite doubts voiced by community members who packed the meeting room.

    McMinimee’s hiring came on a 3-2 vote, with board members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams voting yes, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no.

    Before being hired, McMinimee was the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. His Jeffco contract will be finalized at the June 5 Board of Education meeting.

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp at Dakota Ridge from June 2-July 2
    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a speed and agility camp June 2-July 2.
    The camp will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and is open to incoming 2nd-8th graders. Cost is $85, which includes camp T-shirt.
    For more information and to print out a registration form, go to https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/. If you have any questions, contact head football coach Ron Woitalewicz at rwoitale@jeffco.k12.co.us.

    LACROSSE

  • Spring sports all-conference: girls tennis, boys lacrosse

    The following are 5A Jeffco League all-conference selections for the 2014 spring season:

    GIRLS TENNIS
    FIRST TEAM
    No. 1 singles: Jazmin Gillette, Arvada West; Isabella Melena, Ralston Valley; No. 2 singles: Madison Fortunato, Arvada West; Addison Kenyon, Pomona; No. 3 singles: Kelsey Maass, Ralston Valley; No. 1 doubles: Sasha Harrison/Schafer Kowalchik, Lakewood; No. 2 doubles: Gabrielle Jones/Catherine Day, Chatfield; No. 3 doubles: Risa Eck/Lucy Sherman, Ralston Valley; No. 4 doubles: Adrien Horowitz/Haley Weidemann, Ralston Valley

  • Rebels’ wait was well worth it

    COMMERCE CITY — For Columbine, it must have seemed like this moment was never going to come.

  • State title slips out of Tait’s grasp

    First, Jaylee Tait softly kicked her putter, knowing that she had let a potential par, if not a birdie, slip away on No. 17. Then, on No. 18 at Raccoon Creek Golf Course on May 18, she took a long sighing breath before pushing her second putt just past the hole. It was six putts on the final two holes — three each — and with them, the 5A girls golf state championship went by the wayside.

  • The wings in their lair

    Colorado is home to one of the most diverse butterfly populations in the country, and the beauty of that variety is on full display this summer in South Jeffco. 

    The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield opened the new Butterflies at Chatfield exhibit last weekend, a collaborative effort between the gardens and the Butterfly Pavilion. The exhibit is one of a kind in Colorado, featuring only native plants and butterfly species, said Mary Ann Hamilton, the pavilion’s vice president for science and conservation.