http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en ‘Therapeutic recreation’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98therapeutic-recreation%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-adaptiveswimming02-cb-042017.jpg" alt="Cadence DeYoung, 13, has fun with volunteer Mia Baud, 16, and Dylan George, 18, left, during the opening song at the Adaptive Swimming program at Foothills Park and Recreation District on Saturday, April 15, 2017." title="Cadence DeYoung, 13, has fun with volunteer Mia Baud, 16, and Dylan George, 18, left, during the opening song at the Adaptive Swimming program at Foothills Park and Recreation District on Saturday, April 15, 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Every Saturday, 6-year-old Alexander Yoder looks at his mom and dad and says: &ldquo;Water? Water?&rdquo;</p> <p> Alexander used to be afraid of the water, but the Foothills Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s Adaptive Swim and Play program quickly changed that.</p> <p> &ldquo;It made him a lot more of a daredevil,&rdquo; said his father, Allin, with a grin.</p> Six candidates singled out for superintendent job http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/six-candidates-singled-out-superintendent-job-1 <p> Jeffco Public Schools has narrowed its pool of finalists for the job of superintendent to six after the school board screened candidates during an executive session held after a special board meeting last Thursday.<br /> Disclosed over the weekend, the decision came after executive search firm Ray and Associates recommended 11 top candidates to the board, including individuals from Colorado, Florida, Illinois and six other states.<br /> Jeffco to allocate millions for middle school classrooms http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-allocate-millions-middle-school-classrooms <p> Jeffco Public Schools is considering reallocating more than $27 million from its reserves and 2016-17 underspend to build classroom additions at four middle schools that will be affected by the district&rsquo;s decision to move sixth graders from elementary school to middle school.<br /> Discussed at Thursday&rsquo;s school board meeting, the proposal calls for the school board to approve funding $27.5 million in capital construction projects at Creighton Middle School in Arvada, Drake and Dunstan middle schools in Lakewood, and Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton.<br /> Burglaries, vehicle crimes down compared to ’16 http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/burglaries-vehicle-crimes-down-compared-%E2%80%9916 <p> Burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and vehicle trespasses all took a dip in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same time last year, according to the Jeffco Sheriff&rsquo;s Office&rsquo;s Law Enforcement Authority quarterly report.<br /> Commissioner Don Rosier noted the steep declines across all three categories during the Jeffco Board of County Commissioners&rsquo; regularly scheduled Tuesday meeting, adding that it was a good sign following the first quarter of 2016, which experienced stark upticks in burglaries and crimes involving motor vehicles.<br /> Out of the Darkness walk supports suicide prevention http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/out-darkness-walk-supports-suicide-prevention <p> All of the members of South Jeffco Girl Scout Troop 50739 have in some way dealt with suicide.</p> <p> So the troop decided to do its part in preventing suicide by spreading awareness and raising money. Five years ago, it organized the inaugural Out of the Darkness campus walk, which continues to serve as a fund-raiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.</p> <p> The event is a noncompetitive 3-mile walk around Dakota Ridge High School. It begins at the high school at 11 a.m. this Saturday. Registration begins an hour earlier.</p> A celebration of language http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/celebration-language <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-aslevent01-cb-042717.jpg" alt="Ian Sanborn, ASL visual effect artist, performs during the Bicentennial Celebration of ASL 200 at D&#039;Evelyn High School on Saturday, April 22, 2017." title="Ian Sanborn, ASL visual effect artist, performs during the Bicentennial Celebration of ASL 200 at D&#039;Evelyn High School on Saturday, April 22, 2017." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On Saturday, Rocky Mountain Deaf School celebrated 200 years of American Sign Language with a day full of history and art.</p> <p> Students, faculty, families and other community members packed a dark auditorium at D&rsquo;Evelyn Junior/Senior High School to learn about the history of ASL and to watch various ASL performances.</p> <p> &ldquo;ASL is a beautiful language,&rdquo; said Linsay Darnall Jr., an ASL historian. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s the reason we&rsquo;re all here today celebrating ASL.&rdquo;</p> Artwork fills Ute Meadows on a magical evening http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/artwork-fills-ute-meadows-magical-evening <p> There was art aplenty at Ute Meadows Elementary School&rsquo;s annual Evening of the Arts celebration last Friday.<br /> More than 2,000 pieces of artwork created by students filled the halls of the elementary school. Ute Meadows also hosted a two-hour student talent show, choir performance and poetry reading. A dance segment was also included this year where students and their families could learn to waltz.<br /> &ldquo;The evening is a celebration of the children,&rdquo; said Alesia Westhead, art teacher at Ute Meadows and organizer of the event.<br /> Man charged with second-degree arson in North Turkey Creek Fire http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/man-charged-second-degree-arson-north-turkey-creek-fire <p> The Jeffco District Attorney&rsquo;s Office has filed charges against a man accused of lighting Roman candles that started the North Turkey Creek Fire on March 22.</p> <p> Andrew Askins, 18, has been charged with two class-4 felonies of second-degree arson in connection with lighting fireworks while Jeffco was in a stage-2 fire ban. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Askins was not yet in custody as of Thursday afternoon.</p>