http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Youthful entrepreneur marketing the write stuff http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/youthful-entrepreneur-marketing-write-stuff <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-vyjayharris01-cb-021617.jpg" alt="Vyjay Harris, fourth-grader at Belmar Elementary School, sells his newest book &quot;A 6th Grade Life&quot; to neighbor Héléne Dallaire in Littleton on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017." title="Vyjay Harris, fourth-grader at Belmar Elementary School, sells his newest book &quot;A 6th Grade Life&quot; to neighbor Héléne Dallaire in Littleton on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s a warm Saturday afternoon in early February, and Vyjay Harris walks door to door in his South Jeffco neighborhood with a pile of papers in his hand.</p> <p> At 9 years old, Vyjay already has an eye for business. An avid writer and reader, the Belmar Elementary fourth-grader recently began writing and selling his books to neighbors.</p> Figure class a mix of technique, stamina, emotion http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/figure-class-mix-technique-stamina-emotion <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-figuredrawing03-cb-020917.jpg" alt="Cate Barstad draws the human figure from a live model at Arapahoe Community College on Monday." title="Cate Barstad draws the human figure from a live model at Arapahoe Community College on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> Elevated on a stage in the center of a room, illuminated by the harsh glare of a spotlight, stands a figure.</p> <p> He clutches a staff, props his foot on a chair, lengthens his torso.</p> <p> Beep. Beep. Beep.</p> <p> A timer on the corner of the stage signals it&rsquo;s time for a change. The man stretches a bit and contorts himself into another position, giving a varied perspective of the human form.</p> Jeffco district eyeing pay increase for next superintendent http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-district-eyeing-pay-increase-next-superintendent <p> The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district&rsquo;s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.</p> <p> Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm&rsquo;s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.</p> Sheriff’s Office welcomes CHEEZO unit at swearing-in ceremony http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sheriff%E2%80%99s-office-welcomes-cheezo-unit-swearing-ceremony <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-cheezo01-bs-020917.jpg" alt="Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader prepares to swear in the CHEEZO unit’s two investigators and a sergeant." title="Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader prepares to swear in the CHEEZO unit’s two investigators and a sergeant." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The members of Jeffco&rsquo;s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit, better known as CHEEZO, completed their transition to the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office from the district attorney&rsquo;s office on Feb. 2 during a news conference and swearing-in ceremony.</span></p> Commission approves development at Dino Ridge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/commission-approves-development-dino-ridge-0 <p> Jeffco&rsquo;s county commissioners on Tuesday morning approved a modified rezoning request from Three Dinos LLC that will bring hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge.</p> Jeffco district proposes closing five elementary schools http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-district-proposes-closing-five-elementary-schools <p> Jeffco Public Schools has proposed closing five elementary schools later this year, including Stober Elementary in Lakewood and Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. In addition, the district wants to begin moving sixth-graders to middle schools in several articulation areas as early as this fall, including Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge.</p> Noise limits tightened at Red Rocks http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/noise-limits-tightened-red-rocks <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In an effort to address Morrison residents&rsquo; concerns about noise, Red Rocks Amphitheatre will enforce new sound-level rules during the upcoming concert season.</span></p> <p> There also will be new rules governing the required end time for concerts and pyrotechnics.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been working with them (Red Rocks), and we&rsquo;ll continue to work with them,&rdquo; said Morrison Mayor Sean Forey. &ldquo;We request a lot and get a little, but at least we get a little bit.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Kerr’s bike bill rolls to a stop http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/kerr%E2%80%99s-bike-bill-rolls-stop <p> A bill by state Sen. Andy Kerr was defeated in the Senate Transportation Committee last week, but the South Jeffco Democrat says he plans to continue educating and spreading awareness in the hopes of reintroducing it in the future.</p>