http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en High water closes recreational areas at Chatfield State Park http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/high-water-closes-recreational-areas-chatfield-state-park <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-chatfieldflooding04-cb-052715.jpg" alt="May’s above-average rainfall and spring runoff have Chatfield Reservoir well above its normal levels, which has forced closure of many recreational areas at the state park." title="May’s above-average rainfall and spring runoff have Chatfield Reservoir well above its normal levels, which has forced closure of many recreational areas at the state park." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The recent relentless rains have swollen Chatfield Reservoir and forced the closure of several recreational areas in the popular state park.</span></p> <p> The reservoir was 6 feet above its normal level as of May 21, resulting in closure of the swim beach; Jamison Picnic Area; Catfish Picnic Area; Eagle Cove; Plum Creek Picnic Area; and the south boat ramp.</p> A Vegas-style gleam at The Edge http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/vegas-style-gleam-edge <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-springiceshow01-cb-052015.jpg" alt="Hannah Rozen performs Saturday in The Edge Skating School’s spring show. The theme of the production was “Viva Las Vegas.”" title="Hannah Rozen performs Saturday in The Edge Skating School’s spring show. The theme of the production was “Viva Las Vegas.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Disco lights and bedazzled skaters danced across The Edge Skating School&rsquo;s home ice last weekend in a spring performance worthy of Caesars Palace.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;Viva Las Vegas&rdquo; was the theme of this year&rsquo;s show at The Edge Ice Arena, where about 50 students of all ages showed off their figure skating skills to proud families and friends on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The show included six acts, each set to music from a different era in Las Vegas history.</p> Cohn beats the odds in the boys’ 100 http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/cohn-beats-odds-boys%E2%80%99-100 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-dakotaridgestatetrack01-cb-052015.jpg" alt="Despite running in the ninth lane, Dakota Ridge senior Nick Cohn finished fourth in the 5A boys’ 100-meter run at the state track &amp; field championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 16. He ran a time of 11.08 seconds." title="Despite running in the ninth lane, Dakota Ridge senior Nick Cohn finished fourth in the 5A boys’ 100-meter run at the state track &amp; field championships at Jeffco Stadium on May 16. He ran a time of 11.08 seconds." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <strong>LAKEWOOD</strong> &mdash; For Nick Cohn, the goal was simple. All the Dakota Ridge senior wanted to do in his preliminary heat of the 5A boys&rsquo; 100 meter at the state track &amp; field championships was to qualify for the finals. Then he could worry about it once he got there.</p> <p> His qualifying run of 11.02 seconds on May 14 at Jefferson County Stadium barely got him into the championship race, seeding him ninth. His run two days later, while slower in 11.08, more than did the job as he placed fourth, despite running from the far outside lane.&nbsp;</p> Young adults learn babysitting skills http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/young-adults-learn-babysitting-skills <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-babysittingclass01-tm-052015.jpg" alt="Glen Roche, 11, learns proper bottle-feeding techniques during the Red Cross&#039; babysitting training class." title="Glen Roche, 11, learns proper bottle-feeding techniques during the Red Cross&#039; babysitting training class." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Babysitting is the first real job for many young adults &mdash; but that doesn&rsquo;t mean it&rsquo;s an easy one.</p> <p> Because of the challenges and responsibilities involved in caring for little ones, the Red Cross is committed to providing training for teens in everything from dressing a minor cut to performing CPR.</p> <p> &ldquo;It gives the parent a peace of mind that the babysitter has gone through training,&rdquo; said Glen Bernard, a Red Cross instructor trainer. &ldquo;The babysitter knows how to handle an emergency situation.&rdquo;</p> Columbine team has the biggest, best idea http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/columbine-team-has-biggest-best-idea <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-bigeventproject-rs-052015.jpg" alt="Ty Duffy, 18, presents his team’s project during the Big Idea competition at Columbine High School on Saturday." title="Ty Duffy, 18, presents his team’s project during the Big Idea competition at Columbine High School on Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A big idea from a group of Columbine High School students has turned out to be a big winner.</p> <p> Columbine&rsquo;s team placed first last weekend in the inaugural statewide Big Idea competition with its project Denver Push, which focused on accessibility for the disabled. Kale Reader, 17, Dan DeGraaf, 17, Ty Duffy, 18, and Megan Lacy, 17, each won a $1,500 college scholarship.</p> Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/negotiations-hit-snag-teacher-pay <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.</span></p> Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-teachers-receive-flier-discussing-possible-strike <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.</span></p> County to add up to 15 child-welfare employees http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/county-add-15-child-welfare-employees <p> A statewide initiative to increase the number of child welfare caseworkers could mean up to 15 new employees for Jeffco&rsquo;s Human Services Department.</p> <p> The state legislature approved $6 million this year to add 100 child welfare caseworkers across Colorado. The funds come with a required 10 percent match from counties; Jeffco would need to put up $100,000 to create the 15 positions.</p> <p> The county commissioners gave initial approval for spending the $100,000 during their May 12 staff briefings.</p>