http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Beer, brats and treasured traditions http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/beer-brats-and-treasured-traditions <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-oktoberfest01-td-090215.jpg" alt="Michael Rase dances with Imogene Lohre at an Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday in Morrison. The dance group, T.E.V. Edelweiss Schuhplattlers, travels and performs around the world." title="Michael Rase dances with Imogene Lohre at an Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday in Morrison. The dance group, T.E.V. Edelweiss Schuhplattlers, travels and performs around the world." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Morrison is more than 5,000 miles from the German Alps, but over the weekend it proved to be a fine substitute for those seeking the Bavarian tradition of Oktoberfest.</p> <p> The T.E.V. Edelweiss Club drew hundreds to Morrison for the German autumn celebration with brats, dancing, beer and plenty of German culture.</p> <p> The club, founded in 1958, has hosted cultural events like the traditional Oktoberfest since its inception to keep alive and celebrate German culture, said Amy Dodd, a life-long member of the club.</p> 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/12-candidates-running-5-seats-board <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.</span></p> Neville eyeing bid for U.S. Senate http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/neville-eyeing-bid-us-senate <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/neville-tim_0.jpg" alt="State Sen. Tim Neville" title="State Sen. Tim Neville" align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Republican state Sen. Tim Neville is &quot;doing a lot of praying and a lot of conversation with those that we know&quot; to decide whether to jump into the race for U.S. Senate.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Neville, whose Senate district covers Evergreen and Conifer, in addition to part of Littleton, is on a listening tour around the state as he gauges support for a U.S. Senate bid. He said he plans to make a decision in October about whether to challenge Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet.</p> Incumbent, citizen activist square off in Littleton City Council race for District 4 http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/incumbent-citizen-activist-square-littleton-city-council-race-district-4 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carolbrzeczek-090215.jpg" alt="Carol Brzeczek" title="Carol Brzeczek" align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> The makeup of the Littleton City Council could change dramatically in the Nov. 3 election.</p> <p> Five of the council&rsquo;s seven seats are up for election. Residents in Districts 1, 2 and 4 will vote for their representatives, and the city as a whole will decide on two of the three at-large seats.</p> <p> Over the next several weeks, the Columbine Courier will be previewing each race.</p> <p> <strong>District 4</strong></p> County departments make budget requests to Jeffco commissioners http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/county-departments-make-budget-requests-jeffco-commissioners <p> Jeffco&rsquo;s county commissioners are in the midst of discussions on the county&rsquo;s 2016 budget.</p> <p> Each county department presented its case to the three commissioners on how it should be funded next year and why, in some cases, the departments should be funded at a higher level. The commissioners will vote in December on a final version of the 2016 spending plan.</p> Raises reduce attrition among Jefferson County employees http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/raises-reduce-attrition-among-jefferson-county-employees <p> Jefferson County has seen a significant improvement in employee retention in its Human Services Department and in the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, after additional pay raises were approved for both agencies this year.</p> <p> The Sheriff&rsquo;s Office has seen its attrition rate for deputies decrease from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent so far in 2015, closer to the target rate of 5 to 6 percent. The attrition rate in Human Services dropped from 23.6 percent last year to 11.5 percent so far this year, on target to the public-sector market average of 12 to 14 percent.</p> School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/school-district-staffers-facilities-needs-are-%E2%80%98urgent%E2%80%99 <p> The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won&rsquo;t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.</p> Local brewery aims to be a headliner at Brews & Views http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/local-brewery-aims-be-headliner-brews-views <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-locavore-td-090215.jpg" alt="Andy Nelson and Jason Reinhardt pose for a portrait next to brew vats named after investors in Lavacore Beer Works." title="Andy Nelson and Jason Reinhardt pose for a portrait next to brew vats named after investors in Lavacore Beer Works." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Brews &amp; Views festival on Saturday will bring more than 30 breweries to Hudson Gardens to show off their suds. While some operations will travel hundreds of miles to the event, Littleton&rsquo;s Locavore Beer Works will be right at home.</p> <p> The brewery, owned by friends Jason Reinhardt and Andy Nelson, opened in November and has been packing in customers at 5950 S. Platte Canyon Road. Nelson and Reinhardt met in a home-brewing club five years ago, and what started with nights in their garages dreaming up recipes has turned into a new career.</p>