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Today's News

  • Morrison ranked among Colorado’s safest cities

    MORRISON — Police Chief Rudy Sandoval was pleasantly surprised and mildly competitive upon hearing his town was recently ranked among the 10 safest cities in Colorado.

    “That’s good news,” Sandoval said. “Who beat us?”

    While Lakeside finished first, followed by Black Hawk and then Campo, Morrison finished fourth based on most police officers per capita. The recent report from ConsumerAffairs.com relied on FBI and Census Bureau data.

  • Community hospital to open in May in South Jeffco

    A two-story community hospital under construction at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue is scheduled to open in mid-May, said Brian Newsome, SCL Health spokesman.

    A joint venture between SCL Health and Emerus Holdings Inc., SCL Health Community Hospital will offer many services found at a larger facility, but on a smaller scale, Newsome said. An emergency department, surgery, in-patient beds and laboratory and imaging diagnostics are among planned services.

  • Open Space committee recommends $3 million grant for Clement Park upgrades

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has recommended $3 million in grant funding to help pay for improvements to Clement Park, plus another $2.3 million for other projects in county parks.

  • Jeffco Open Space establishes guidelines for climbers at parks

    From North Table Mountain Park in Golden to Cathedral Spires Park in Pine, growing numbers of climbers scale high rocky outcrops using fixed hardware. Jeffco Open Space staff has developed rules and regulations to minimize climbing’s impacts on natural areas.

  • Chatfield opens up 2-0 in league play

    LITTLETON — Don’t blink while attending a Chatfield boys basketball game this winter season; you could miss a Chargers’ trademark run.

    “I thought it was a great sign of what we can get through,” Chatfield senior Cameron Pearson said after the Chargers rallied down eight points in the third quarter Jan. 6 against Lakewood. “We just put our foot on the gas and never let off.”

  • Rebels step up their aggression

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Angelo Romero has a new practice partner in Columbine’s wrestling room this season thanks to Evan Tooley’s unanticipated growth spurt.

    The seniors hope the connection will lead to their first berths to the Class 5A state tournament in February.

  • Defending state hockey champs edge Dakota Ridge

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge coach Alec Hines didn’t mince words telling his thoughts after a 6-4 loss Jan. 9 against defending state champion Cherry Creek.

     “We didn’t show up for the first two periods. That’s the worst two periods we’ve played this year,” Hines said after the loss on the Eagles’ home ice at The Edge Ice Arena. “Cherry Creek outplayed us. Hats off to their effort. They controlled the play.”

  • McFarland sinks game-winner for Eagles

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Curi Yutzy needed just one word to describe Dakota Ridge’s come-from-behind 61-60 victory over Arvada West in a key early-season Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball matchup: perseverance.

    The Eagles’ coach uttered the descriptive in one form or another nine times during his post-game interview.

    Improbable would have been apropos, too.

  • Jeffco Fair getting makeover with county management, funding

    This year’s Jefferson County Fair will feature traditional and new events reflecting the diversity of the county, says Dexter Foxworth, recently hired fairgrounds event coordinator.

    County management and funding have created the chance to make the annual fair in Golden a unique experience, a celebration of Jefferson County, Foxworth said.
    Last summer Jeffco’s county commissioners agreed to assume management of the fair, approving a budget of $300,000 to produce it.

  • Changes on the horizon

    A new year always brings hope and change.

    Conifer High School’s athletics and Chatfield High School’s football program will experience huge changes coming up in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s next two-year cycle (2016-17 and 2017-18). By choice, the Lobos are leaving the Class 4A Jeffco League in most sports and joining 4A Colorado 7 League. The other big change is Chatfield moving down from 5A to 4A in football.