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Today's News

  • Littleton qualifies two for 4A state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    GOLDEN — After coming oh-so-close to qualifying for recent 5A state wrestling tournaments, Poe Di and Aron Pino Valenzuela were poised to take advantage of Littleton’s drop to 4A this season.

    They did so to near-perfection by advancing to the finals of the 4A Region 4 tournament Feb. 13-14 at Golden High School. They’ll head to their first state meet as the region’s No. 2 seeds after bowing to top seeds in the 132- and 285-pound divisions.

  • Eagles avenge earlier loss to Lakewood

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles’ boys basketball team defeated the Lakewood Tigers, 65-44, on Feb. 13 at Lakewood High School.

    The sixth-ranked Eagles knew they would have to bring their ‘A’ game after losing to Lakewood at home on Jan. 26. Dakota Ridge, which also was coming off a loss to Chatfield two days prior, was focused on maintaining a strong defensive game.

  • Hobbs leaves her mark at state

    Averly Hobbs wasn’t feeling her best heading into the 5A state girls swimming and diving championships on Feb. 13-14 at Fort Collins’ Edora Pool Ice Center. The Chatfield senior battled the flu all week leading up to the meet. But by the end, she had plenty to be appreciative about.

  • Alternatives to building new schools considered

    If Jeffco school board members don’t want to spend money on new buildings and renovations, there are alternatives to deal with crowded schools like Rooney Ranch Elementary — but district COO Steve Bell isn’t crazy about them.

    Alternative solutions to anticipated crowding at schools like Rooney Ranch could include installing temporary classrooms in the short term, and taking more drastic measures over the long term.

  • Fathers, daughters enjoy date night

    It was hard to tell who was having a better time on the dance floor: the proud fathers or the beaming daughters.

    Foothills Park and Rec’s Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball on Saturday drew a crowd of fathers who wanted to make memories with their daughters — and to impart some important lessons.

  • ‘Next to Normal’ a frank look at mental illness

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is set to open “Next to Normal,” a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about one family’s struggles with mental illness.

    The rock musical, which opens Friday, takes a frank yet sensitive look at how one mother’s bipolar disorder affects her and her family. The musical’s ability to deal with such a specific topic in a way that anyone can relate to makes it a powerful piece of art, said director Nick Sugar.

  • Neighbors of planned BMX bicycle track voice concerns

    Neighbors of a future BMX bicycle track in South Jeffco are worried about impacts on traffic and noise levels, as well as possible obstructed views.

    But the Foothills Park and Recreation District, which owns the land, and the nonprofit group building the track for the non-motorized bikes believe it will become a popular community amenity.

  • School board dismisses federal mediator

    The Jeffco school board has dismissed its outside mediator for upcoming union negotiations because of his organization’s policy banning recording or streaming.

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which is free to the district, will not allow its mediators to be recorded or streamed.

  • Bill would allow concealed carry of guns at public schools

    A state representative who was a student at Columbine High School during the 1999 shootings wants holders of concealed-carry permits to be able to carry their guns in public schools.

    Last week state Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, introduced House Bill 1168, which would remove public schools from the list of places that concealed-carry holders cannot bring guns.

  • Student-athletes relish, cherish National Signing Day

    Eager faces sat behind long tables covered with high school banners. In front of them sat name placards embossed with colorful college logos, sheets of white paper and a pen.

    Twenty-five students from Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge high schools participated in National Signing Day on Feb. 4, joining athletes from across the nation as they signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports.