http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Library bubble demonstration has kids' eyes popping http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/library-bubble-demonstration-has-kids-eyes-popping <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-bubbles02-gc-070914.jpg" alt="Neharika Singh, 8, blows a bubble during a presentation by Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler at Bemis Library. " title="Neharika Singh, 8, blows a bubble during a presentation by Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler at Bemis Library. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Littleton kids got the inside scoop on bubbles recently &mdash; by getting inside them.</p> <p> Bubble Lady Nancy Winkler brought her &quot;bubble-ology&quot; presentation to Bemis Public Library on July 1, demonstrating how to make unbreakable bubbles, educational bubbles &mdash; and how to put a youngster inside a bubble.&nbsp;</p> <p> Winkler uses everything from granny curlers, pasta strainers, fly swatters and coat hangers to create her bubbles, eliciting &ldquo;oohs and aahs&rdquo; from the youngsters, who don&#39;t always manage to stay seated during the performance.</p> New superintendent determined to find common ground http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/new-superintendent-determined-find-common-ground <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-mcminimee01-gc-070914.jpg" alt="Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee isn’t entirely sold on Common Core but says uniform standards for measuring student knowledge are needed." title="Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee isn’t entirely sold on Common Core but says uniform standards for measuring student knowledge are needed." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Hired by a divided school board and suddenly at the helm of a district riven by political strife, Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says he&#39;s determined to build bridges and develop relationships.</p> <p> The Douglas County administrator took over the Jeffco school district July 1, and his first order of business was getting to know district staff &mdash; and letting them get to know him.</p> Lacrosse coach is breaking down barriers http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lacrosse-coach-breaking-down-barriers <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-thumim01-gc-070914.jpg" alt="Mike Thumim, Dakota Ridge’s boys lacrosse coach the past three seasons, is part of the coaching staff for the Russian national team at this week’s 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Commerce City." title="Mike Thumim, Dakota Ridge’s boys lacrosse coach the past three seasons, is part of the coaching staff for the Russian national team at this week’s 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in Commerce City." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Mike Thumim is a kid of the 1980s. The Columbine High School graduate and Dakota Ridge boys lacrosse coach grew up during the Cold War. And while his friends were taking French, German and Spanish classes, he was taking Russian as his foreign language requirement. He even studied Russian as a minor at Ohio University.</p> ‘Food, cold beer and friends’ http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/%E2%80%98food-cold-beer-and-friends%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-redwhiteyou01-gc-070914.jpg" alt="Ali Borelli jokes with her father, David Borelli, during the Red, White &amp; You festival on July 3 at Clement Park." title="Ali Borelli jokes with her father, David Borelli, during the Red, White &amp; You festival on July 3 at Clement Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A sea of blankets and lawn chairs covered Clement Park as thousands waited for the night sky to be illuminated with fireworks on July 3.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Foothills Park and Recreation District&rsquo;s Red, White &amp; You celebration drew a massive crowd looking to start the July Fourth holiday early. Despite some evening rain showers, the event drew an estimated 30,000-35,000 people.&nbsp;</p> <p> The evening featured live music, kids games, food vendors and a 15-minute-long fireworks display that capped the night&rsquo;s entertainment.&nbsp;</p> Fund is started to pay for burial service for boy who drowned http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/fund-started-pay-burial-service-boy-who-drowned <p> A fund has been started to help pay the cost of a burial service for a young boy who died after falling into Chatfield Reservoir.&nbsp;</p> <p> Andres Patrick Sena, 4, of Littleton was the victim of an accidental drowning at Chatfield Reservoir on July 5. A family friend has started an effort to raise money for funeral services on the website gofundme.com.</p> <p> The city of Littleton is helping with the fund-raising efforts by getting the message out. Andres&rsquo; great-uncle, Rick Dodson, is a 25-year employee of Littleton&rsquo;s building maintenance division.&nbsp;</p> Man arrested in connection with sex assault of woman he met online http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/man-arrested-connection-sex-assault-woman-he-met-online <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/millermug_0.jpg" alt="Michael Miller" title="Michael Miller" align="left" hspace="6" width="58" height="85" /><p> The Jeffco Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is looking for women who might have been the victim of sexual assault after meeting a man online.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Sheriff&rsquo;s Office arrested 28-year-old Michael Miller recently on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he met on the Internet. Through its investigation, the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office believes there could be other victims who have not reported alleged sex assaults.&nbsp;</p> Proposal to expand county commission won’t be on November ballot http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/proposal-expand-county-commission-won%E2%80%99t-be-november-ballot <p> A grassroots effort to add two members to the Jeffco Board of Commissioners has failed to get the proposal on the November ballot.</p> <p> Jeffco 5, a nonpartisan group that favors increasing the number of commissioners from three to five, was able to gather only about 10,000 signatures of registered voters before the June 30 deadline. Some 17,444 valid signatures were required.&nbsp;</p> Public meetings planned on town’s proposal to annex Southwest Plaza http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/public-meetings-planned-town%E2%80%99s-proposal-annex-southwest-plaza <p> County Commissioner Casey Tighe will host two public meetings on the possible annexation of Southwest Plaza mall by the town of Bow Mar.&nbsp;</p> <p> The meetings are set for 3 to 5 p.m. July 10 and July 24 at the Columbine Library and are open to all county residents.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;The owner of the mall, General Growth Properties, and representatives of Bow Mar presented a possible &ldquo;flagpole&rdquo; annexation, which would also include the town annexing stretches of West Bowles Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard, on June 17 during staff briefings.&nbsp;</p>