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Today's News

  • Ken-Caryl 10-11 All-Stars fall to Academy

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Resilience. Despite trailing 8-0 approaching its final at-bat in the District 5 Little League 10-11  tournament at Arapahoe Little League field, the Ken-Caryl squad never wavered from its objective: Play hard to the end. That it did.

    The first four hitters in the inning reached base, but it was not enough as Ken-Caryl lost to Academy of Colorado Springs in the double-elimination game 8-3 on July 10.

  • Cherry Creek’s sizzling start befuddles Ken-Caryl early

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — The Ken-Caryl Little League 9-10 all-stars learned the hard way that momentum can be capricious. One day it’s there, the next it’s vanished.

  • Rain, location change does KCLL no favors

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    AURORA — Mother Nature did the Ken-Caryl Little League Majors no favors in the District 5 tournament. In fact, she literally helped the defending champions get washed out with a pair of losses on July 13.

    And coach Brian Berland was none too happy about how a July 12 rainout in Colorado Springs resulted in KCLL playing its second game the next day against a Cherry Creek team making its only appearance.

  • Spotlight shines on linemen at Hog Olympics

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Talk about hog heaven: five-man teams competing in a truck push, tug-o-war, tire-flip relay, tire toss, 150-pound bench press repetitions and a dummy-carry relay.

    It doesn’t get any better for offensive and defensive linemen. The guys who often toil in anonymity had their day in the scorching sun at the Hog Olympics on July 11 at Heritage High School.

    Unlike their skill-player counterparts, summer competitions are few and far between for the grunts.

  • Fund is started to pay for burial service for boy who drowned

    A fund has been started to help pay the cost of a burial service for a young boy who died after falling into Chatfield Reservoir. 

    Andres Patrick Sena, 4, of Littleton was the victim of an accidental drowning at Chatfield Reservoir on July 5. A family friend has started an effort to raise money for funeral services on the website gofundme.com.

    The city of Littleton is helping with the fund-raising efforts by getting the message out. Andres’ great-uncle, Rick Dodson, is a 25-year employee of Littleton’s building maintenance division. 

  • El Paso turned the tide for Beauprez

    Leading up to the Republican gubernatorial primary June 24, the Colorado Springs Gazette ran an editorial May 19 urging candidates Mike Kopp and Scott Gessler to drop out of the race to ensure that Bob Beauprez would win the nomination over Tom Tancredo. The Gazette argued that Tancredo was not a viable candidate in the general election and that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election would be a sure thing if Tancredo became the Republican nominee.

  • Man arrested in connection with sex assault of woman he met online

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is looking for women who might have been the victim of sexual assault after meeting a man online. 

    The Sheriff’s Office arrested 28-year-old Michael Miller recently on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he met on the Internet. Through its investigation, the Sheriff’s Office believes there could be other victims who have not reported alleged sex assaults. 

  • Library bubble demonstration has kids' eyes popping

    Littleton kids got the inside scoop on bubbles recently — by getting inside them.

    Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler brought her "bubble-ology" presentation to Bemis Public Library on July 1, demonstrating how to make unbreakable bubbles, educational bubbles — and how to put a youngster inside a bubble. 

    Winkler uses everything from granny curlers, pasta strainers, fly swatters and coat hangers to create her bubbles, eliciting “oohs and aahs” from the youngsters, who don't always manage to stay seated during the performance.

  • ‘Food, cold beer and friends’

    A sea of blankets and lawn chairs covered Clement Park as thousands waited for the night sky to be illuminated with fireworks on July 3. 

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District’s Red, White & You celebration drew a massive crowd looking to start the July Fourth holiday early. Despite some evening rain showers, the event drew an estimated 30,000-35,000 people. 

    The evening featured live music, kids games, food vendors and a 15-minute-long fireworks display that capped the night’s entertainment. 

  • New superintendent determined to find common ground

    Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he's determined to build bridges and develop relationships.

    The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff — and letting them get to know him.