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Today's News

  • A change for the better for Peters

    Kristyn Peters had been in the situation before. As a rising senior in high school, the softball prodigy transferred from Green Mountain High to Dakota Ridge. She was the new kid on the block. 

    Fast forward a couple of years and it was happening again, this time from Colorado State to Metro State University of Denver.

    Before she fit just like a glove, leading the Lady Eagles in homers (nine), RBIs (34) and runs scored (38). Dakota Ridge reached the 5A state title game before falling to Loveland. 

  • Percussion group keeps a steady rhythm

    "Oh yeah. I like ice cream. Oh yeah. I like ice cream.”

    Boom. Boom. Tap, tap, tap, tap. Boom. Boom. Tap, tap, tap, tap.

    A circle of 30 people, each with a percussion instrument in hand, sound out the rhythm. Then, progressively, it evolves.

    Boom. Boom. Tap, tap. Tap, boom, boom, tap.

    Each person beats out a different rhythm, a different sound, or a different timbre. Yet they all complement one another, weaving in and out of the collective beat.

  • Festival draws Irish-Americans and 'Irish at heart'

    English priest Saint Edmund Campion once described the Irish people as “religious, frank, amorous … very glorious … inclined with passing hospitality,” Dennis Gallagher, professor emeritus at Regis University, told attendees at the 22nd annual Colorado Irish Festival.

  • Two suspects sought in three home burglaries in South Jeffco

    Jefferson County deputies continue to search for two suspects wanted in connection to a string of residential burglaries last week in South Jeffco.

    The crimes, encompassing at least three burglaries and the theft of a vehicle, took place between 3 and 4 p.m. last Tuesday, July 12 near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. The suspects, who had not yet been identified as of Monday morning, are a man and woman, both between the ages of 20 and 30, and are described as being white or Hispanic.

  • Teams searching for new starting QB

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge share a common apprehension as they head into the 2016 football season: replacing a starting quarterback.

    “Everybody’s trying to do it, and all of us lost good quarterbacks too,” Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz said during the Eagles’ 17th annual 7-on-7 tournament on July 7.

  • KCLL soaks in district tourney

    AURORA ­— It’s 9:55 p.m. on a Friday night, and usually one would find Colton Gregory doing something else other than being at a baseball field.

    “Sleeping,” Colton matter-of-factly said.

    But not on July 8. Not when your team — the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors — is playing in the District 5 tournament.

  • McDondle running toward the pros

    Cameron McDondle left a lasting impression on the football field at CSU-Pueblo. 

    The 2012 Columbine High graduate, no doubt, has a special blend of power and speed to run over or break the ankle of aggressive defenders and run around them.

    He also left school with a degree in criminal justice. That career, however, is on hold until the 5-foot-7, 202-pounder finds out whether a pro football career is in the cards.

  • Brush fire north of I-70 burns 4 acres

    A wind-whipped brush fire north of I-70 near the Morrison exit closed the westbound lanes of the highway for four hours Sunday before ground crews and a helicopter were able to contain the blaze.

    No structures were threatened, and no injuries were reported. The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the fire started about 3:30 p.m. when trash blew out of a truck and hit power lines, then fell to the ground and ignited brush.

  • Stage 1 fire ban enacted in Jeffco

     Jefferson County has enacted a stage 1 fire ban. 

    According to a news release, the following are prohibited until further notice:

    • Building or maintaining any open fire, except within a permanently constructed fire grate in a park, campground or picnic area.

    • Selling, possessing or using any type of fireworks or other pyrotechnic device, including sparklers.

  • Columbine High PTSA president honored for years of service

    Since her children were kindergartners, Marnie O’Connor has taken an active role in parent-teacher associations, working to raise funds and helping with projects to support students.

    “I’ve always been someone who has been involved,” she said. “I have volunteered all the time, ran for office.”

    “You get to find out things about the school,” she added.