http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en MAKING A STATE-MENT: Chatfield's Holmes wins 5A state tennis title http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/making-state-ment-chatfields-holmes-wins-5a-state-tennis-title <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-statetennischatfiled02-cb-101817_0.jpg" alt="Chatfield junior Christian Holmes rallied from down a set to defeat Fairview’s Tom Melville 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win the 5A state boys tennis championship on Saturday at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. Holmes is the first Jeffco player to win the 5A title since 1996 and just the fifth dating back to 1927." title="Chatfield junior Christian Holmes rallied from down a set to defeat Fairview’s Tom Melville 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win the 5A state boys tennis championship on Saturday at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver. Holmes is the first Jeffco player to win the 5A title since 1996 and just the fifth dating back to 1927." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> DENVER &mdash; Chatfield&rsquo;s junior tennis star Christian Holmes surpassed expectations on Saturday, not only winning the 5A state tennis tournament at No. 1 singles, but also being the first player at a singles position to win state in Chatfield school history.</p> <p> It was also the first time a Jeffco player had won the title in the largest classification (5A) since 1996 and the fifth time ever since state tennis first began in 1927.</p> Shelter network seeks volunteers as winter approaches http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/shelter-network-seeks-volunteers-winter-approaches <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-severeweathershelter01-cb-122916_0.jpg" alt="A homeless woman, who did not want to be identified by name, waits at a warming site at the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center in Lakewood last December." title="A homeless woman, who did not want to be identified by name, waits at a warming site at the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center in Lakewood last December." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> As winter fast approaches, the Severe Weather Shelter Network is searching for volunteers to help with its sheltering program.</p> Jeffco’s food-share program starts thanks to Normandy student http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco%E2%80%99s-food-share-program-starts-thanks-normandy-student <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-foreverthanksgiving01-cb-090617_0.jpg" alt="Jefferson County Public Schools began a new food-sharing program thanks to a push from 9-year-old Preston Robertson." title="Jefferson County Public Schools began a new food-sharing program thanks to a push from 9-year-old Preston Robertson." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> Schools across Jefferson County now have the option to participate in a food-sharing program that hopes to combat food waste across the district.</p> <p> The program allows students to dispose of prepackaged foods &mdash; such as bags of chips, applesauce containers and cups of cereal &mdash; as well as uneaten pieces of fruit. The food must be provided by the school and cannot be packed by a parent.</p> When disaster hits, Colorado Task Force is there http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/when-disaster-hits-colorado-task-force-there <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-taskforce01-101817.jpg" alt="Photo Provided" title="Photo Provided" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Being a member of the Colorado Urban Search and Rescue Task Force can be a bit unpredictable. A lot of the job involves waiting. And waiting. And waiting.</p> <p> But when disaster strikes, the team shifts into high gear.</p> Election 2017: 5 questions with Jeffco school board candidate Erica Shields http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/election-2017-5-questions-jeffco-school-board-candidate-erica-shields <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-ericashields01-101817.jpg" alt="Erica Shields, of Littleton, is challenging Susan Harmon for a seat on the Jeffco school board." title="Erica Shields, of Littleton, is challenging Susan Harmon for a seat on the Jeffco school board." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Littleton resident Erica Shields was a late-comer to the 2017 race for three Jeffco school board seats. Filing the required signature petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline, Shields is challenging incumbent Susan Harmon in District 2 and counts herself a newcomer to public office. The mother of four Jeffco students, Shields is perhaps most recognizable from her reign last year as Mrs. Colorado America 2016, as well as her participation in the Littleton Leadership Academy.</p> Jeffco’s 2018 proposed budget raises concerns http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco%E2%80%99s-2018-proposed-budget-raises-concerns <p> Jeffco has proposed another budget in which its expenditures are outpacing its revenues, which the commissioners stressed is not sustainable.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Do we forego long-term stability for short-term gain?&rdquo; Commissioner Don Rosier asked Tuesday morning at a Jeffco Board of County Commissioners formal hearing on the 2018 proposed budget. &ldquo;Everybody needs to be on that same page when we go through (the budget).&rdquo;<br /> <br /> No. 6 Chatfield stays undefeated in 5A Jeffco http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/no-6-chatfield-stays-undefeated-5a-jeffco <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-columvchat02-ml-101017.jpg" alt="Chatfield’s Hope Theander blocks a spike from Columbine’s team captain, Alea Tooley, during a game at Columbine High School on Oct. 10. " title="Chatfield’s Hope Theander blocks a spike from Columbine’s team captain, Alea Tooley, during a game at Columbine High School on Oct. 10. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Dennis Pleuss</p> <p> LITTLETON &mdash; Chatfield&rsquo;s volleyball team is more than halfway to its goal of a second straight undefeated roll through the Class 5A Jeffco League.</p> <p> The Chargers, ranked No. 6 in the CHSAANow.com 5A volleyball poll, defeated rival Columbine on the Rebels&rsquo; home court 3-1 Tuesday night.</p> New, improved Columbine Library reopening to the public Saturday http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/new-improved-columbine-library-reopening-public-saturday <p> After six months of construction, the newly renovated Columbine Library will open to the public on Saturday.</p> <p> Work on the project, which cost just over $4 million, began in April and &mdash; save a few pieces of furniture &mdash; should be complete when the library reopens.</p> <p> The West Bowles Avenue building was built in 1989 and hasn&rsquo;t been updated since. Library-goers can expect to see a lot of changes when they walk through the newly placed doors of the library, and staff members believe these changes will create an improved experience for all.</p>