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Today's News

  • Lady Eagles pull away down the stretch

    Ah, rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon. It’s what held up Dakota Ridge head coach Rich Gavelda, who missed the start of his team’s Feb. 6 home game against Columbine. 

    Thus, he missed his team’s game-opening 15-0 run behind the coaching of assistant Melissa Ward. But he didn’t miss the game-closing 12-4 surge, which resulted in a 59-50 victory.

  • Erickson out to prove critics wrong

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Erickson has his critics, and he wants to show them just exactly who he is and what he’s made of.

  • Eagles’ Yutzy wins 100th

    Curi Yutzy wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about after his seventh-ranked Dakota Ridge Eagles rolled to a 67-47 home victory over Columbine on Feb. 6. As it turned out, it was about him.

    Dakota Ridge’s second victory over the Rebels this season, including a 50-45 win at Columbine on Jan. 14, marked the 100th win in Yutzy’s seven seasons as head coach.

  • Hobbs ready for last shot at state

    ARVADA — Averly Hobbs is one of the state’s best 5A divers. Need proof? She’s finished in the top four each of the past three seasons — taking fourth in 2012, second in 2013 and third last year. So this year, with the state meet scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Edora Pool Ice Center, she is among the favorites again.

  • Bus driver faces charges in altercation with student

    A Jeffco Public Schools bus driver who is accused of grabbing a disruptive 12-year-old by his throat on his bus Jan. 30 will face child abuse charges in county court next month.

    David Blanchard, a 63-year-old Littleton resident, will face two counts of misdemeanor child abuse March 23 in Jefferson County Court. 

    Blanchard was picking students up from Bear Creek K-8 at 3 p.m. Jan. 30 when a 12-year-old male student allegedly became disruptive, according to Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

  • Neville revolutionized prep sports coverage

    You know you’ve reached a certain point in life when a longtime friend is recognized as a legend. And so it was for Laurie and me last week when we attended the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame induction dinner to see South Jeffco resident Marcia Neville be inducted.

  • Commissioners supportive of grant for Clement Park

    A $1 million grant from Jeffco Open Space to help replace Clement Park’s irrigation system looks to have support from the county commissioners.

    The grant, which requires a $1 million match from the Foothills Park and Recreation District, was part of a Jan. 27 presentation to the commissioners during their weekly briefings.

  • Jeffco school board votes to seek testing waiver

    The Jeffco school board voted to request a waiver that would let the district opt out of some state standardized testing, in a move that some board members said is premature.

    The Jeffco vote came Jan. 15, just a week after the State Board of Education approved a measure that allows districts to request waivers from exams developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

  • Gift store salutes family, the military

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    Nestled in a character-centric home on West Alamo Avenue in downtown Littleton is Buttercup Junction: a country store where the owners care mostly about two things—family and the military.

    “We’re very big on family,” said Michelle Sanchez, who owns the store with her mother, Peggy Maple. “We’ve acquired a tight-knit customer base that feels like family.”

  • Cemetery working to get Mount Lindo cross back in lights

    The company that owns Mount Lindo Cemetery off U.S. 285 hopes to have its giant cross shining without interruption by the fall.

    The lights on the 400-foot-high cross have been off intermittently since September due to weather, age and, oddly, bullets, said Gill Giddens, general manager of Olinger Mount Lindo Cemetery.

    “There’s been lightning strikes up there, just normal weather issues, blizzards and everything else,” Giddens said.