http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Fellman won’t seek re-election to school board http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/fellman-won%E2%80%99t-seek-re-election-school-board <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fellman-jill.jpg" alt="Jill Fellman" title="Jill Fellman" align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Jeffco school board member Jill Fellman has decided not to run for re-election this fall, saying she wants to make her</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">family a priority.</span></p> Parents launch effort to recall conservative school board members http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/parents-launch-effort-recall-conservative-school-board-members <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Three Jeffco parents have filed paperwork seeking to recall the three school board members who make up the body&rsquo;s conservative majority: John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"> Indian Hills parent Wendy McCord, Evergreen parent Michael Blanton and Littleton parent Tina Gurdikian filed the petition format Friday afternoon, according to a news release from a recently formed advocacy group, Jeffco United for Action.</p> You can teach an old bar new tricks http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/you-can-teach-old-bar-new-tricks <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-columbinelounge01-cb-070115.jpg" alt="Cheryl Gonska, a former lunch lady at Jeffco Schools, is the new owner of the Columbine Lounge. No word yet on whether tater tots will become a featured menu item at the bar." title="Cheryl Gonska, a former lunch lady at Jeffco Schools, is the new owner of the Columbine Lounge. No word yet on whether tater tots will become a featured menu item at the bar." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> For decades, the Columbine Lounge has been an old standby in South Jeffco. But in June it became the site of a new dream.</p> <p> The 40-year-old establishment at 7660 S. Pierce St. was bought by Cheryl Gonska on June 1. The former lunch lady at Jeffco Schools fulfilled a 17-year-old dream to own her own bar and traded in a younger clientele for one of legal drinking age.</p> Commissioners approve rezoning for dance studio http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/commissioners-approve-rezoning-dance-studio <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-truedancestudio02-cb-061715.jpg" alt="Students from True Dance Academy attended a meeting of Jeffco’s county commissioners to speak in favor of rezoning the property so the dance school could continue to operate. The students said the academy develops supportive relationships. " title="Students from True Dance Academy attended a meeting of Jeffco’s county commissioners to speak in favor of rezoning the property so the dance school could continue to operate. The students said the academy develops supportive relationships. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Dozens of students from True Dance Academy who packed a Jeffco hearing room last week erupted in cheers when a rezoning request for the school was approved on a 3-0 vote by the county commissioners.</p> <p> The dance studio, at 8950 W. Quincy Ave. across the street from the federal prison, needed the rezoning to continue operating at the location.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a relief. I mean, this has been on going for a while, so it&rsquo;s a huge relief,&rdquo; said owner Shelly Trujillo. &ldquo;All the kids were celebrating at the next rehearsal after the hearing.&rdquo;</p> Event pushes pedals as commuting alternative http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/event-pushes-pedals-commuting-alternative <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-biketoworkday01-cb-070115_1.jpg" alt="Robin Vigil celebrates her arrival at a fueling station along the South Platte on Bike to Work Day." title="Robin Vigil celebrates her arrival at a fueling station along the South Platte on Bike to Work Day." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Area resident Cindy Elliott was so excited about Bike to Work Day that she doubled the length of her morning commute on June 24.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is the perfect morning for a ride,&rdquo; said Elliott, who had stopped at a breakfast station on the Mary Carter Greenway near West Belleview Avenue and Prince Street on the way to her job in Highlands Ranch. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re riding 7 miles this morning. Usually my commute is a 3-mile trip, but we decided to go for a longer ride since it&rsquo;s Bike to Work Day.&rdquo;</p> Littleton manager elected to Municipal League board http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/littleton-manager-elected-municipal-league-board <p> Littleton City Manager Michael Penny recently elected to the board of directors of the Colorado Municipal League.</p> <p> Penny was elected by municipal officials from across the state at the CML&rsquo;s annual meeting June 16-19. The CML represents 268 cities and town across the state in policy affairs and with advocacy. The nonprofit also provides resources to cities and towns on various issues.</p> School district launches all-inclusive app http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/school-district-launches-all-inclusive-app <p> A mobile app recently launched by Jeffco Public Schools offers details on everything from schools&rsquo; daily lunch offerings to weather closures to health-based tips, a recent district news release says.</p> <p> The application, which is called &ldquo;Jeffco Public Schools,&rdquo; can be downloaded for free at Apple iTunes or Google Play by students, parents, district staff and community members.</p> <p> Parents will also be able to get emergency notifications for specific schools.</p> SHERIFF'S CALLS http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sheriffs-calls-152 <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Aesop&#39;s foibles</strong></p>