http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en It takes two to tango http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/it-takes-two-tango <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-voiceswest01-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin, from Adventures in Dance, dance to a performance by the Voices West choir on Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church. " title="Holly Collins and Craig Tomazin, from Adventures in Dance, dance to a performance by the Voices West choir on Saturday at St. James Presbyterian Church. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong><i>By Stephanie Alderton,</i>&nbsp;</strong><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> Soaring vocals paired with fancy footwork when the Voices West choir and Littleton-based Adventures in Dance combined forces on Saturday.</p> McMinimee to be graded on academic, student goals http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/mcminimee-be-graded-academic-student-goals <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mcminimee-daniel.jpg" alt="Dan McMinimee " title="Dan McMinimee " align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> The Jeffco school board agreed that Superintendent Dan McMinimee&rsquo;s performance-based salary incentives should align with the board&rsquo;s academic and student growth goals.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to me that a significant portion of (McMinimee&rsquo;s bonus) focus on achieving the academic goals this board has set,&rdquo; school board President Ken Witt said at last Thursday&rsquo;s study session.</p> Third rally not in the cards for Eagles http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/third-rally-not-cards-eagles <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-dakotastatesb05-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Dakota Ridge catcher Baillie Brooks, right, tries to cheer up pitcher Megan Sansburn after she allowed a home run in the Lady Eagles’ 9-8 loss in nine innings to Horizon at the 5A state softball championships on Oct. 17 at Aurora Sports Park." title="Dakota Ridge catcher Baillie Brooks, right, tries to cheer up pitcher Megan Sansburn after she allowed a home run in the Lady Eagles’ 9-8 loss in nine innings to Horizon at the 5A state softball championships on Oct. 17 at Aurora Sports Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> <strong>AURORA</strong> &mdash; For whatever reason, the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles didn&rsquo;t make it easy on themselves in 2014. Four times in recent weeks, dating back to a Sept. 6 non-conference encounter with Erie and as recently as the opening round of the Oct. 11 regionals with Rampart, Dakota Ridge has had to battle back time and again.</p> Business owner offers wigs to patients fighting cancer http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/business-owner-offers-wigs-patients-fighting-cancer <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-wigs01-gc-102214.jpg" alt="Kathy Pride, who herself is battling cancer, opened Wigs and Beyond about a month ago in the Trendz Boutique at the corner of Chatfield and Kipling." title="Kathy Pride, who herself is battling cancer, opened Wigs and Beyond about a month ago in the Trendz Boutique at the corner of Chatfield and Kipling." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>&nbsp;<strong>By Stephanie Alderton,&nbsp;</strong></em><strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;"><em>For the Courier</em></strong></p> <p> Kathy Pride hasn&rsquo;t always been proud of her looks.&nbsp;</p> <p> While undergoing chemotherapy for bone cancer, Pride, a professional hairstylist, lost all her hair and shrunk to 95 pounds.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;I looked like Beetlejuice,&rdquo; she said, referring to the 1988 film.</p> A roundup of South Jeffco election races http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/roundup-south-jeffco-election-races <p> With mail ballots now in the homes of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing each race and the candidates vying for South Jeffco&rsquo;s votes.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Colorado&rsquo;s 1st<br /> Congressional District</strong></p> <p> Incumbent: Democrat Diana DeGette. Challenger: Republican Martin Walsh.</p> <p> DeGette began representing South Jeffco after redistricting in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the state House from 1992-96.&nbsp;</p> Commissioners still have questions on possible retail marijuana sales http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/commissioners-still-have-questions-possible-retail-marijuana-sales <p> The county commissioners still have more questions than answers when it comes to retail marijuana businesses opening in Jeffco.</p> <p> During an Oct. 14 study session on other city and county regulations on commercial marijuana grow operations and retail stores, all three commissioners expressed interest in marijuana testing facilities and what revenue the businesses could generate. &nbsp;</p> 10-day crime spree ends with capture of escaped jail prisoner http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/10-day-crime-spree-ends-capture-escaped-jail-prisoner <p> The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail on Oct. 5 is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts is back in custody.</p> <p> Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m Oct. 16 in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. The arrest came after a stolen car Sandlin was driving flipped as he was fleeing law officers.</p> <p> Sandlin apparently had been staying in a vacant house that is up for sale on Sunshine Canyon Drive.&nbsp;</p> Seniors’ Resource Center wins national leadership award http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/seniors%E2%80%99-resource-center-wins-national-leadership-award <p> The Seniors&rsquo; Resource Center was recognized last month for its work with senior citizens in Jefferson County and the metro area.&nbsp;</p> <p> LeadingAge, a nonprofit organization of more than 6,000 groups that serve various needs of the senior community, gave the SRC its Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award for 2014.&nbsp;</p>