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Today's News

  • Springing into the new season

    There were flips, cartwheels and splits aplenty on March 1 at Leawood Elementary as students in the school’s gymnastics program performed for their classmates, teachers and families.

    The gymnastics program is longstanding at the school, but the 2017 season did bring one change: the addition of a new spring floor.

    Donated by Columbine High School earlier this year, the floor provides an additional tool for the students, and it helps the elementary school stand out.

  • Firefighters discuss suspicious fires with Green Mountain residents

    Last week, West Metro Fire officials met with about 100 people at Green Mountain United Methodist Church to tell them they are still investigating a string of seven suspicious fires but have not yet determined a cause or identified a suspect.

  • D’Evelyn denied elusive Final Four

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Josh Brinkerhoff was well aware of D’Evelyn’s recent history in the 4A state boys basketball tournament: four straight season-ending appearances in the Great Eight from 2012-15, along with Sweet 16 appearances in ’11 and ’16.

    Missing from the resume: a berth in the Final Four.

  • Column: Senior class leaves its mark in Chatfield lore

    DENVER — With his eyes welling up with tears, Joe Miks reflected back on just moments earlier, in Chatfield’s locker room after the Chargers’ 72-64 loss to ThunderRidge in the 5A Great Eight at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday night. Miks took off his game jersey likely for the final time.

    “Just taking off my jersey right there was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do,” an emotional Miks said. “This team means so much to me.”

  • Chargers run out of time in the 5A Great 8

    DENVER — Tears streamed down their cheeks, their voice cracked with every other word. For the Chatfield Chargers, Saturday night’s 72-64 loss to second-seeded ThunderRidge in the Great Eight of the 5A state boys’ basketball tournament was more than just a loss. It was the end of a two-year run that has seen the team dominate the Jeffco League and been one of the perennial powers in the state.

  • Inter-Canyon fire truck damaged while responding to wildland fire

    An Inter-Canyon Fire Department fire truck was damaged last week when it slid off an icy road while on a call.

    About 8 p.m. Feb. 28, firefighters responded to a wildland fire call on McKinney Road off South Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad said the driver parked Engine 631 when he arrived. The truck at some point then slid backward about 100 yards on the snowy road and into the creek bed.

    The driver, whose name was not released, sustained no injures, but there was damage to the body and undercarriage of the fire engine.

  • Jeffco fire restrictions upgraded to stage 2

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has enacted a stage 2 fire ban because of dry, windy conditions.

    This ban, which is more stringent than the stage 1 ban in place since mid-February, prohibits the following:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

    • Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

  • Man gets 12 years in firearms incident involving two Jeffco deputies

    A fleeing suspect who threatened two law officers with a gun in South Jeffco, then was shot, in December 2015 was sentenced last Thursday to a total of 12 years in prison.

    Michael Manaois, 39, pleaded guilty to felony charges of menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and second-degree assault of a peace officer, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Parents complain of bullying at Westridge Elementary

    The families of several students at Westridge Elementary in South Jeffco are alleging that school administrators have failed to adequately address a bullying problem in the third grade gifted-and-talented class, including physical incidents that were later reported to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

  • Dulcimer Festival hammers out musical connections

    The melodic sound of the hammered dulcimer echoes through the halls of St. James Presbyterian Church, floating toward the sanctuary to combine with the gentle strum of the mountain dulcimer.

    Though the two instruments technically have no relation outside of a shared name, both were celebrated at the 14th annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival. The event originated in Fort Collins but has since moved to Littleton.