http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Labor of love: Unheralded workers are the unsung heroes of the community http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/labor-love-unheralded-workers-are-unsung-heroes-community <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-zamboni-gc-082714.jpg" alt="David Kacprowicz, a Zamboni driver at The Edge Ice Arena, makes his appointed rounds on the rink. " title="David Kacprowicz, a Zamboni driver at The Edge Ice Arena, makes his appointed rounds on the rink. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In 1887, Colorado was among the first five states to officially recognize the contributions of laborers by creating a holiday to honor them.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Columbine Courier has highlighted four residents whose daily work keeps South Jefferson County in motion, though their diverse careers represent only a tiny slice of all the jobs in our coverage area.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>David Kacprowicz</strong></p> <p> <em>Zamboni driver at The Edge</em></p> <p> David Kacprowicz gets a lot of questions about his job when people hear what he does for a living.&nbsp;</p> Lions strike quick in opening win http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lions-strike-quick-opening-win <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-littletonfb01-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Littleton High’s Tre Blake carries the ball into the end zone for one of his three second-quarter touchdown against Golden on Aug. 22 at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada. " title="Littleton High’s Tre Blake carries the ball into the end zone for one of his three second-quarter touchdown against Golden on Aug. 22 at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>ARVADA</strong> &mdash; It took just 44 seconds off the clock, though it felt a lot longer. But that&rsquo;s all the time that quarterback Joey Drennan, running back turned receiver Tre Blake and the Littleton Lions needed to erase five year of season-opening doldrums.</p> Splashdown! Dogs have their own damp day at Ken-Caryl pool http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/splashdown-dogs-have-their-own-damp-day-ken-caryl-pool <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-doggydip01-gc-082714.jpg" alt="Cardio jumps off the diving board during the Doggie Dip on Saturday in Ken-Caryl." title="Cardio jumps off the diving board during the Doggie Dip on Saturday in Ken-Caryl." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Stephanie Alderton,&nbsp;</strong><strong><em>Staff Writer</em></strong></p> <p> There was plenty of running, splashing and roughhousing Saturday at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool, but the lifeguard didn&rsquo;t seem to mind.&nbsp;</p> Friendly overtures — and friction — at school board retreat http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/friendly-overtures-%E2%80%94-and-friction-%E2%80%94-school-board-retreat <p> Jeffco&rsquo;s famously divided school board made conciliatory noises at its annual retreat on Saturday, though some evidence surfaced of the friction that has prevailed since last November&rsquo;s election.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;I promise there will be clear and concise communication,&rdquo; said Superintendent Daniel McMinimee, who was hired on a 3-2 vote in June. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking forward to working together. I think this has been a great start.&rdquo;</p> Pot task force likely to recommend against retail sales http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/pot-task-force-likely-recommend-against-retail-sales <p> Jeffco&rsquo;s marijuana task force will end several months of work Sept. 9 when its members vote on whether or not to recommend allowing retail marijuana sales in the county.&nbsp;</p> <p> But it appears a forgone conclusion that the task force will not recommend allowing retail sales, growing operations, testing and manufacturing related to retail marijuana.&nbsp;</p> Board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/board-planning-changes-rules-public-comment-meetings <p> The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat.&nbsp;</p> <p> To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.</p> <p> If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.</p> Pact between district, teachers expected to be ratified http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/pact-between-district-teachers-expected-be-ratified <p> An agreement between the Jeffco school board and the teachers union is expected to be finalized at the board&rsquo;s Aug. 28 regular business meeting.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;Our contract year starts in September for teachers,&rdquo; said Amy Weber, Jeffco Public Schools&rsquo; director of human resources. &ldquo;We have every opportunity to provide a salary increase for teachers &hellip; if the board takes action.&rdquo;</p> Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas rules http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/planners-review-proposed-changes-jeffco-oil-and-gas-rules <p> The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to review proposed changes to the county&rsquo;s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.</p> <p> The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.</p> <p> The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.</p>