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Today's News

  • School board won’t change former superintendent’s separation pact

    Jeffco school board President Ron Mitchell said the board will not change the separation agreement of former superintendent Cindy Stevenson, but instead will “clarify” parts of the pact that banned her from volunteering in schools.

    School board members in March considered renegotiating Stevenson’s separation agreement to let her volunteer at district schools. 

  • Dunkin’ Donuts under construction on South Kipling

    A large sign with the Dunkin’ Donuts logo announces the anticipated opening of a new shop on South Kipling Parkway in the coming months. The steel framework for the building is in place at the site, where construction workers are making progress on completing the project by this summer.

    Josh Blanchard, one of the owners of the franchise, says he is thrilled to be opening a second Dunkin’ Donuts in Littleton. Another shop is on West Mineral Avenue.

  • Student artwork takes center stage at Ute Meadows

    Standing on a stage decorated with cutouts of stars and a sliver of moon, student Yuna Chang sang, “You can count on me … like 1, 2, 3, I’ll be there” to a group of parents and youngsters.

    Yuna was among a host of students who took the stage during Evening of the Arts at Ute Meadows Elementary School on Friday evening. The Southwestern-themed event showcased an abundant variety of visual and performance arts on the chilly spring evening.

  • Holley captures tournament victory

    GOLDEN — At first glance, it looked like it might be a rough day at Applewood Golf Course on April 13.

    All the Jeffco League girls golf teams descended on the par 71 course for the third conference tournament of the season. With the greens having just been aerated, putting would be a challenge with more sand than grass visible on most greens.

  • Rebels amp it up against Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield senior goalie Jordan Alexander gave out as many hugs to Columbine players as saves he made against the Rebels in the boys lacrosse rivalry showdown April 15 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    “The guys played their hearts out,” said Alexander, who added he has played with or against several Rebels since second grade. “It’s a good rivalry game and has been tight in the past. The way we came out in the first half was just awesome.”

  • Quick Hits

    Mother Nature strikes again

    The winter storm last weekend played havoc with the spring sports schedule yet again. All baseball, lacrosse, girls soccer, girls tennis and track meets scheduled for Saturday, April 16, were postponed. Jeffco baseball teams will have to scramble this week in attempt to get fields in playing condition with only four weeks left of the regular season before regional tournaments the second weekend in May.

    Fund-raising effort moved

  • Ratashak kicks in OT game-winner

    ARVADA — It was likely the final scoring opportunity Dakota Ridge would have April 15 at the North Area Athletic Complex’s soccer field.

    Senior Lauryn Ratashak lined up a direct free kick as the clock kept ticking down during the second overtime period. The Eagles were locked in a 1-1 tie against Pomona in the Class 5A Jeffco League game, and a tie wasn’t the result Dakota Ridge (3-7, 2-1 in league) wanted against the Panthers (1-9, 0-3).

  • Chatfield nets sweep of rival Columbine

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Grace Koza has this Class 5A Jeffco League tennis thing down pat.

    The Chatfield junior hasn’t lost a league match at No. 1 singles since her freshman season. Coach Robert Campbell said Koza has “ascended to another level this year.”

    The same could hold true for the Chargers as a team.

  • Intruders damage home's interior while owners on vacation

    Burglars caused more than $200,000 in damage to a home in the 8700 block of South Jellison Court while the homeowners were on vacation between April 1 and 10, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    The intruders apparently did not steal property but caused extensive water damage to the interior of the home and to personal property in it, according to the report. 

  • Board mulls budget, boost in employee pay

    Employee compensation and budgetary concerns largely dominated the Jeffco school board meeting last Thursday.

    In a meeting that stretched almost to midnight, the board spent much of the time discussing how to address its top priority: increasing educator compensation in order to attract and retain talent within the school district.