Today's News

  • 2015 gymnastics preview: Rebels’, Chargers’ numbers increasing

    A funny thing happens in the world of sports about 10 years or so after the USA takes home gold in a particular sport — high schools see an influx of well-trained athletes in that sport. Such is the case with gymnastics this year.
    “We have a huge team this year,” said Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez. “We went from 23 last year to 32 this year.”
    Chavez was anticipating this sizable growth of her team.

  • 2015 volleyball preview: State run last year has Chatfield on everybody’s radar

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Recognition is becoming the norm for Chatfield’s volleyball program. Two 5A state-tournament appearances in three years as a No. 12 seed will do that.
    But this year the expectations are higher — at least judging by the CHSAA preseason poll. The Lady Chargers checked in at No. 5.
    “Time will tell,”  said Chatfield head coach Stephanie Schick. “I certainly have confidence in my athletes. We will see.”

  • Lions’ defense sacks Golden

    Noah McGhee, undoubtedly, may be a little biased with his opinion that Littleton High may have one of the better defenses in 4A, but, for one night, the Lions backed up their senior running back’s claim.
    Littleton’s pressure was relentless on Aug. 27 against Golden in the 2015 kickoff at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The Lions sacked Demons junior quarterback Jalen Lucero five times, picked him off four times and blocked a third-quarter punt in a 21-0 season-opening victory.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.

  • School board candidate Matthew Dhieux, District 2

    Littleton resident Matthew Dhieux said he wants to bring a non-political voice to the Jeffco school board, rebuild a relationship with the teachers union and find a way to ask for more accountability from district charter schools.

    Dhieux, a physician assistant and former elementary teacher in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, is running for the District 2 seat currently held by John Newkirk, one of the recall targets. Attorney Susan Harmon is also vying for the seat.

  • Active bears force closure of Waterton Canyon

    Waterton Canyon was closed to public activity after a bear chased a bicyclist in the canyon on Aug. 28. 

    Denver Water and Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the canyon would be closed until further notice due to an overall increase in bear activity in the area. No one was injured in the incident on Aug. 28.

  • School board approves contract with teachers

    The Jeffco school board on Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    The contract — which was negotiated between school district representatives and Jefferson County Education Association bargaining team members over more than 150 hours since early spring — has been criticized by union leadership for its short duration.

  • Teachers vote to approve new contract

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union have voted to approve a 10-month contract with the school district, a news release reports. 

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and announced the results in a news release Wednesday. Union bargainers were unhappy with the relatively short duration of the contract but said in earlier sessions they didn’t think the school board would approve a longer agreement.

  • Playing it safe

    Jeffco residents flocked to the county fairgrounds on Saturday to attend the Jefferson County district attorney’s Safety Fair.

    The fair, in its seventh year, combined family-friendly activities with a plethora of resources and information on how to stay safe online and at home. Topics ranged from how to avoid being a victim of fraud to the do’s and don’ts of bicycle safety. Attendees also were able to shred personal documents and dispose of prescription medications.

  • Proposed Community Corrections move angers site’s neighbors

    Jeffco’s county commissioners have delayed a decision on purchasing a new site to house the Community Corrections program after a contentious four-hour meeting Aug. 18 at which neighbors of the property loudly objected to the plan.

    Neighbors of the proposed new location near West Eighth Avenue and Quail Street in Lakewood accused the county of dishonesty and said their concerns were being ignored. Dozens of residents said locating the facility in their neighborhood would put their families at risk and lead to an increase in crime.