http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A lock for solidarity: Students cut their hair for a cause http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lock-solidarity-students-cut-their-hair-cause <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-drheadshaving03-cb-120716.jpg" alt="Dakota Ridge senior Grant Bybee grimaces as clippers are applied to his locks during a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society hosted by the student government." title="Dakota Ridge senior Grant Bybee grimaces as clippers are applied to his locks during a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society hosted by the student government." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Laurie Lawless sat clutching a ponytail of her recently cut hair in her hand, her shock palpable to the 1,500 or so onlookers who filled the Dakota Ridge High School gymnasium.</span></p> <p> The Dakota Ridge mathematics teacher had not had a haircut in nine years &mdash; since the school held its very first Shave for the Cure event.</p> School district enacts partial hiring freeze http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/school-district-enacts-partial-hiring-freeze <p> Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.</p> <p> According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.</p> Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-commissioners-approve-slightly-modified-%E2%80%9917-budget <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jeffco&#39;s county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county&#39;s 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.</span></p> Foothills looking to sell 3-acre plot for development http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/foothills-looking-sell-3-acre-plot-development <p> <span>Representatives of the Foothills Park &amp; Recreation District met with Jeffco&rsquo;s county commissioners on Tuesday to discuss options to sell two parcels of land in South Jeffco for development.</span></p> Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/investigators-say-green-mountain-fire-was-suspicious <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cydyqwiuqaejstb.jpg" alt="West Metro firefighters conduct mop-up operations Tuesday at the site of the fire on Green Mountain." title="West Metro firefighters conduct mop-up operations Tuesday at the site of the fire on Green Mountain." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><div id="messagepreview" role="main"> <div aria-labelledby="aria-label-messagebody" role="region"> <div id="messagebody"> <div id="message-htmlpart1"> <div id="messagepreview" role="main"> <div aria-labelledby="aria-label-messagebody" role="region"> <div id="messagebody"> <div id="message-htmlpart1"> <div id="message-htmlpart1" style="line-height: 20.4px;"> <p> Forging stable bonds http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/forging-stable-bonds <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-happydogranch02-cb-120116.jpg" alt="Jordyn Davis, 22, prepares to get the ducks and geese fresh water at Happy Dog Ranch in Littleton." title="Jordyn Davis, 22, prepares to get the ducks and geese fresh water at Happy Dog Ranch in Littleton." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> On a scenic parcel nestled at the base of the foothills at the edge of Chatfield State Park, healing is happening.</p> <p> Happy Dog Ranch began as a sanctuary for unwanted horses. And that is still very much part of the mission. With 53 grassy acres to roam, Happy Dog is a place where horses thrive.</p> <p> In addition to the 40-horse herd, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and a steer all call Happy Dog Ranch home, and the animals provide a unique learning tool for those who enter the gates.</p> Gobble Wobble packs Clement Park for Thanksgiving Day race http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/gobble-wobble-packs-clement-park-thanksgiving-day-race <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-gobblewobble5-120116.jpg" alt="Runners cross the finish line on Thanksgiving morning during the Gobble Wobble 5K at Clement Park in South Jeffco. " title="Runners cross the finish line on Thanksgiving morning during the Gobble Wobble 5K at Clement Park in South Jeffco. " align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> On a windy Thursday morning, some 1,500 people gathered at Clement Park for the seventh annual Gobble Wobble 5K race.</p> <p> Dressed in pumpkin-pie hats, turkey costumes and layers to keep warm, racers flocked to the park, hoping to burn a few calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <p> Since its inception in 2010, the Gobble Wobble has grown quite a bit.</p> Candlelight Walk kicks off holiday season http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/candlelight-walk-kicks-holiday-season <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-candlelightwalk10-cb-113016.jpg" alt="Santa waves to the crowd during the 33rd annual Candlelight Walk and tree-lighting in downtown Littleton on Friday evening." title="Santa waves to the crowd during the 33rd annual Candlelight Walk and tree-lighting in downtown Littleton on Friday evening." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Holiday spirit filled the frosty air Friday in downtown Littleton, and Christmas jingles resounded through the streets.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Thousands packed Main Street and beyond for the town&rsquo;s 33rd annual Candlelight Walk, hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus a few weeks early.&nbsp;</p>