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Today's News

  • Former CHS teacher hopes to open charter school

    A former Conifer High teacher is hoping to establish a Conifer-area charter school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

    Conifer resident Ashley Sportel said she plans to submit an application for Impact Academy — which she said would use some variation of the “expeditionary” learning model — to the Jeffco school district this year, with an eye toward opening in 2017.

  • Teachers unions played major role in recall effort

     Local and national teachers unions made major donations to the campaign to recall three conservative members of the Jeffco school board, according to financial records ordered released by a state judge.

    Recall critics have said donations from the National Education Association and the Jefferson County Education Association prove that union interests were a guiding force in the ousting of board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the November election.

  • Youth basketball tournament raises funds for Jeffco Schools Foundation

    “Let’s go! Let’s go!” a parent urged youngsters playing in the Jeffco Youth Charity Tournament at Chatfield Senior High last Thursday.

    Four 3-on-3 basketball games were under way in the high school gym, as the youngsters played half-court in 15-minute periods.

    Fifty-two teams of girls and boys in grades four through eight participated in the fifth annual tourney, which raised more than $6,000 for the Jeffco Schools Foundation.

  • Jeffco students outperform state on PARCC-developed tests

    While Jeffco students outperformed state results at nearly every level of PARCC-developed English and math tests last spring, most results still fell short of newly implemented expectations, although a Jeffco testing expert cautioned that data may be somewhat skewed. 

  • A look back at 2015

    The 2015 news landscape in Jefferson County saw everything from rescued donkeys and turtles to ambitious politicians to ruthless school district politics.

    Join us now as we return to the days of yesteryear (actually, this year) …

    Turtles, donkeys and mules, oh my …

  • First phase complete at business park at C-470, West Bowles

    The first two buildings are complete in a planned 300,000-square-foot business center at C-470 and West Bowles Avenue, and construction on the project’s second phase is scheduled to begin early next year.

    Fred Baker of Ojala and Co. said 3D Systems of Golden will be the first business to occupy one 70,000-square-foot building in the Mountain West Business Center. The company, formerly known as Medical Modeling, recently was acquired by 3D Systems, a national firm, and is relocating to Littleton.

  • Christmas tree drop-off sites available in Littleton

    The city of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation are collecting and mulching Christmas trees now through Jan. 11.

    The Littleton collection site is in Cornerstone Park at the southeast corner of West Belleview Avenue and South Windermere Street. The drop-off site is in the parking lot beside the soccer fields.

    South Suburban Parks is collecting trees at the Willow Springs Service Center, 7100 S. Holly St.

    Both sites are open every day during daylight hours.

  • Top sports stories of 2015

    LITTLETON — Oh so close was the theme for South Jeffco prep sports teams in 2015.

    There were a number of deep postseason runs that came up just short on winning state championships. Of course there were some remarkable individual accomplishments by local student-athletes. Looking forward, there will be some definite change in the landscape of high school athletics in Colorado for 2016.

    Before looking ahead, here is a look back at the top sports stories of 2015 from the sports staff at the Columbine Courier.

  • Stretch the turtle is home for the holidays

    Christmas came early this year for one small turtle with a huge personality. 

    The reptile, affectionately named Stretch by a Jeffco sheriff's officer, was discovered along with his feline cousin, Homer, when deputies responded to a call regarding a deceased person in a home. 

    Jeffco animal control officer Chana Guy also was dispatched to assist on the call, which came during the Dec. 15 snowstorm that closed most local schools. 

  • Residency requirement needed for officials

    It’s a little known fact that members of Congress don’t have to live in the districts from which they are elected. That’s not the case for school board members in Colorado.

    There was some question about the residency of candidate Regan Benson during the recent school board election in Jefferson County, but as it didn’t appear (or occur) that she would be a particularly viable candidate, the issue went away pretty quietly.