Today's News

  • County still trying to get reimbursed for some flood-related costs

    Jeffco continues to be frustrated by the reimbursement process from the federal government for funds spent to repair damage from the September 2013 flooding.

    The county’s infrastructure sustained about $6 million in damage, repair costs for which were eligible for state and federal assistance. For expenses approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal government pays 75 percent, the state government pays 12.5 percent, and the county pays the remaining 12.5 percent.

  • Littleton residents’ opinions on parks, trails sought

    Littleton residents are being given a chance to directly shape the future of the city’s parks, trails and recreational options.

    The city and the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District are scheduled to host three public forums and three focus groups that will help craft the city’s first parks and recreation master plan. The three focus groups will concentrate on youth sports, golf and tennis, and senior citizen issues.

  • Foothills Animal Shelter names Strickland as new executive director

    Foothills Animal Shelter welcomed aboard a new chief of veterinary services along with a new executive director last week.

    The shelter has named Jennifer Strickland executive director, while Dr. Emily Hays is Foothills’ new chief veterinarian. Strickland, who has worked at Foothills for eight years, was most recently the shelter’s media coordinator. Hays has more than 15 years of experience in animal welfare.

    Strickland replaces Heather Cameron, who recently left to become executive director at the Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver.

  • City approves development on Littleton Boulevard

    Littleton has approved a new mixed-use development that will include 160 age-restricted apartments across the street from the city’s historic courthouse.

  • Longtime school board critic announces candidacy

    School board candidate Regan Benson, a former Jeffco parent and a longtime vocal critic of past school board members, said her rocky relationship with the board spurred her candidacy and her call for higher academic standards.

    Benson is running for the District 5 seat currently held by recall target Ken Witt. Also in the District 5 race are veteran Jeffco educator Ron Mitchell and former school board member Paula Noonan. 

  • Littleton swept by Evergreen in volleyball action

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — No, Evergreen’s volleyball team hasn’t circled or red-lettered Oct. 29 on its schedule.

    Not yet, anyway.

    However, after a 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23) victory over Littleton on Oct. 8, the Cougars appeared to be on course for a showdown with Valor Christian for the 4A Jeffco League title in a couple of weeks.

  • Quick Hits

    Tait finishes tied for 16th

    Columbine junior Marcus Tait had a top-20 finish at the Class 5A boys golf state tournament Oct. 6 in Fort Collins.

    Tait fired rounds of 74 and 75 at Fort Collins Country Club during the two-day tournament to place tied for 16th. It was his third appearance in the state tournament. Tait placed 64th as a freshman and 43rd as a sophomore. Fort Collins golfer Hunter Paugh claimed the individual title with rounds of 69 and 71. Regis edged Coronado and Lakewood to win the 5A team title.

  • D’Evelyn uses 21-point outburst to defeat Conifer

    LAKEWOOD — It was perhaps the strangest 140 seconds ever played at Trailblazer Stadium.

    In the span of 2 minutes and 20 seconds, D’Evelyn scored three offensive touchdowns. Conifer’s offense didn’t even get on the field between the scores, which helped lead the Jaguars (4-2, 1-0 in league) to an eventual 35-21 victory in the Class 3A Metro North League opener Oct. 9.

  • Lights out

    LAKEWOOD — Let there be light.

    A power outage of the field lights at Lakewood Memorial Field caused the postponement of the second half of the Class 5A Jeffco League showdown between Arvada West and Columbine on Oct. 8. The majority of the field lights went out during halftime with A-West leading 1-0.

  • Charging to state

    LITTLETON — ‘No player left behind’ could have been the motto for Chatfield’s boys tennis team last week.

    The back-to-back Class 5A Jeffco League champions qualified all three single positions (No. 1 Christian Holmes, No. 2 Patrick Ross and No. 3 Zac Meyer) along with all four doubles teams (No. 1 Sam Meyer/Austin Stutz, No. 2 Brent Cumming/Elliot Takaki, No. 3 Justin Spehalski/TJ Hall and No. 4 Alex Gates/Josh Baker) to the Class 5A state tournament that begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.