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Today's News

  • Jefferson County’s elected officials take the oath of office

    Running for public office can be an arduous process for those in the race, but oftentimes a candidate’s family also bears the burden of a campaign.

    Acknowledging and thanking friends and family members for their commitment and dedication through Election Day was a common theme for many of Jeffco’s elected officials during a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at the Jeffco courthouse in Golden.

  • Wagging tail helps kids read tales

    Molly, a black Labrador, lets go with a prodigious yawn as she relaxes on the floor of a Columbine Library study room.

    Though it might not be apparent at first glance, the 3-year-old therapy dog is on the clock; she is the canine component in the library’s Paws for Reading program, in which readers of all levels can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with a pup.

  • West Metro crew rescues hiker near Dinosaur Ridge

    A technical crew from West Metro Fire rescued a hiker and her dog Monday afternoon near Dinosaur Ridge.

    The pair reportedly had slid off the Dakota Ridge Trail in the Dinosaur Ridge area near I-70 and Highway 93, according to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting.

    “… She somehow slid off the trail and (couldn't) … get herself out,” Scholting said. 

  • Bemis Library celebrates 2017 in 2016 with Noon Year’s Eve

    The new year came early for those at the Noon Year’s Eve celebration at the Bemis Library in Littleton.

    Though New Year’s Eve is typically thought of as an adult holiday with alcohol and late-night parties galore, Val Fetters, head of children’s services at the library, wanted to host a celebratory event for kids. That’s how she created the idea for a Noon Year’s Eve party.

  • Rapidly aging population in Jefferson County poses challenges

    Editor’s note: The growing number of people age 65 and over in Jefferson County ultimately will require more services from government, nonprofit agencies and the individuals who serve as caretakers for our senior citizens. This story looks at the demographic shift in Jeffco and Colorado; stories in a future special section will examine the challenges ahead and profile some of the county’s seniors.

  • Students gather to honor shooting victim

    With illumination from the evening stars and the flicker of candles, dozens gathered Dec. 28 at Clement Park to mourn the death of Nathaniel Griego.

    The 14-year-old Dakota Ridge High School freshman died several days after being shot on Dec. 23 by a 15-year-old friend at his South Jeffco home, according to authorities.

    Friends, acquaintances and peers from Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools gathered to share a prayer, a hug or a kind memory of Griego.

  • The Year in Review

    From Chatfield football moving down to 4A and reaching the state semifinals to the Lady Chargers’ volleyball team making another memorable run at the 5A state tourney and D’Evelyn runner Lexi Reed completing her prep career, South Jeffco had its fair share of sports moments in 2016. The following are 10 stories that highlighted the Columbine Courier sports scene during 2016.

  • Former Jeffco DA Scott Storey arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Former Jeffco district attorney Scott Storey was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    About 12:30 a.m. that night, Storey, 69, of Littleton was exiting the parking lot of the Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, when his vehicle collided with another car, according to court records. Littleton police responded and spoke with Story at the scene. 

  • Nuts for toffee: Steamboat transplant brings recipe for a sweet venture to Morrison

    One day some 15 years ago, a friend gifted Pete DeWolf a box of toffee.

    Though it was quickly devoured, the toffee got DeWolf’s gears turning.

    “I thought, ‘Wow, this is delicious. However, if I were to make it, this is how I would do differently,’ ” he said.

    And thus began his efforts to create his own recipe. The rest is sweet history.

  • School district hit with wire-fraud scam

    Jeffco Public Schools was the victim of a wire-fraud scam that cost the district thousands of dollars early this year.

    Disclosed during a Dec. 15 presentation by accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen, which provided an independent audit of the school district’s financials for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the incident involved an e-mail that appeared to come from Superintendent Dan McMinimee and resulted in a loss of $26,564.