Today's News

  • Chargers spike rival Rebels

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Back in her playing days at Chatfield High School, Stephanie Schick played on a club team coached by Gil Garcia during his long and successful run as the boss at Colorado Academy.

    Little did they know they would be matching wits as head coaches in the heated Chatfield-Columbine rivalry.

  • Runs elude Chatfield at state

    AURORA — Finding that third out to end the inning and get back in the dugout can seem to take forever sometimes.

    That was the case for Chatfield in the top of the third inning against Ralston Valley in the first round of the Class 5A state softball tournament Oct. 24 at Aurora Sports Park. Chatfield senior Jessica Jarecki got a strike out and forced a fly ball out to right field, but then the wheels fell off for the Chargers (10-12 record).

  • Columbine gives Brighton all it can handle

    AURORA — Columbine had No. 2 seed Brighton, a favorite to win the Class 5A state softball title, on the ropes in the opening round.

    The Rebels (14-9 record) held a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning. However, the Bulldogs (19-4) bit back in a big way with a five-run bottom of the sixth inning on the way to a 5-4 victory.

     “We just gave it everything we had because we didn’t want it to be over,” teary-eyed Columbine junior pitcher Jenni Romero said after the season-ending loss.

  • Paying tribute

    Members of the Columbine chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are paying tribute to their ancestors’ military service by welcoming home the soldiers who serve today.

    The local members, along with 22 DAR chapters in Colorado, have been collecting everything from new sheets and pillows to toilet paper and food from the community, said Jewel Wellborn, a Ken-Caryl resident and the Columbine chapter’s regent.

  • Security team staying busy at schools during 2015

    Reports detailing a surge in threats handled by Jeffco Public Schools’ security and emergency management team led school board members Oct. 15 to approve funds for the department to hire four new staff members.

    The department has seen a 100 percent increase in threat assessments in the past year, said John McDonald, the district’s executive director of safety, security and emergency planning. Also, in the last two years, assessments performed on potentially suicidal students have increased 600 percent.

  • Bemis celebrates 50 years of service

    Littleton’s Bemis Library is marking a half-century of service to the public this month, and staff and patrons took a couple of hours to mark the occasion.

    The staff hosted a 50th birthday bash for the library on Saturday. The party included food, games and the band Ricky and the Radios playing popular music from 1965, when Bemis opened.

  • School board names 11 to District Accountability Committee

    The Jeffco school board’s conservative majority seated 11 members of a new District Accountability Committee at an Oct. 15 meeting in what has become the latest battle for the deeply divided board.

    In a process that liberal board members Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman likened to throwing darts or drawing names from a hat, board members selected committee members without having interviewed them or being provided with resumes or detailed biographical information.

  • Threat posted on Facebook unsettles attendees at candidate forum

    A Facebook post calling for the “execution” of the instigators of Jeffco’s school board recall, authored by a former Evergreen resident with alleged ties to white-supremacist groups, caused some alarm Oct. 13 at a candidates forum in Conifer.

    Nate Marshall posted a picture of a “No Recall” yard sign on his public Facebook wall Oct. 13, accompanied by a message that called recall instigators “scum.” The post said they should be “executed” and “forced to pay” for their actions.

  • School board candidates forum polite

    While the political storm surrounding Jeffco’s school board election continues to rage, a candidate forum Oct. 13 in Conifer was, in contrast, low-key and civil.

    Eleven of the 13 candidates in the Nov. 3 election appeared at the event at West Jefferson Middle School, which was moderated by Evergreen Newspapers editor Doug Bell and co-sponsored by the newspapers and the Conifer Area Council. For the most part, candidates seemed to lean on their usual talking points.

  • Littleton installs charging station

    Littleton is charging into the future.

    The city has installed its first public charging station for electric vehicles at South Rio Grande Street and West Crestline Avenue. The station can accommodate two cars at once and is free to the public.

    Littleton received a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office to cover the $6,052 cost of the charging station, and the city paid the $5,000 installation cost, said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde.