http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Local ultra-athlete Brown races — and dreams — big http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/local-ultra-athlete-brown-races-%E2%80%94-and-dreams-%E2%80%94-big <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-karenbrown01-cb-082416.jpg" alt="Ultra-athlete Karen Brown trains recently at Reynold’s Landing Park." title="Ultra-athlete Karen Brown trains recently at Reynold’s Landing Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Every time Karen Brown watched coverage of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, she was moved to tears. She saw Julie Moss win the silver medal in February 1982, and dreamed of competing herself.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;Watching them, I thought, &lsquo;Oh, they&rsquo;re professional athletes, and I only run for recreation,&rsquo; &rdquo; Brown said. &ldquo;I thought I could never do it.&rdquo;</p> Lifeguard shortage forces closure of Lilley Gulch indoor pool http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/lifeguard-shortage-forces-closure-lilley-gulch-indoor-pool <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Foothills Park &amp; Recreation District has been forced to close one of its indoor pools due to a shortage of aquatics staff.</span></p> <p> Foothills officials had already planned to close on Monday the pool at the Lilley Gulch Recreation Center, 6147 S. Holland Way, for its annual cleaning. But district officials decided not to reopen the pool due to a shortage of lifeguards. District officials announced the staff shortage also would affect open swim hours at the pools at The Ridge Recreation Center, 6613 S. Ward St.</p> HD 25 candidates offer contrasting solutions to state issues http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/hd-25-candidates-offer-contrasting-solutions-state-issues <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/canyon-a-05-08-24-16-c.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The two Jeffco residents vying in state House District 25 are mostly in agreement when asked to identify the critical issues facing the state &mdash; but their solutions differ dramatically.</span></p> Vandals cause thousands of dollars in damage at Montessori Peaks Academy http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/vandals-cause-thousands-dollars-damage-montessori-peaks-academy <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Jefferson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is searching for two teenagers suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a school in South Jeffco.</span></p> <p> At 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a call about a suspicious incident at Montessori Peaks Academy, 9904 W. Capri Ave. A neighbor of the school reported to 911 dispatchers hearing glass breaking and a consistent banging noise. The neighbor also said there were two people outside the school.</p> Jeffco begins live-streaming county commission meetings http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-begins-live-streaming-county-commission-meetings <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Jeffco has announced it will begin live-streaming county commissioners&rsquo; meetings on the Jefferson County website.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> During the hearings, which typically take place Tuesday mornings, commissioners address public policies and issues that affect the Jeffco community. In addition to attending in person, residents can watch the hearings live online to stay informed and engaged about what is happening in the county.</p> Local pro attends PGA Championship after network shanks fact in story http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/local-pro-attends-pga-championship-after-network-shanks-fact-story <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-tomwoodard01-cb-082416.jpg" alt="Tom Woodard, director of golf for Foothills Park &amp; Rec, is seen at the Meadows Golf Course." title="Tom Woodard, director of golf for Foothills Park &amp; Rec, is seen at the Meadows Golf Course." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A South Jeffco golfer was treated last month to an unexpected trip to Baltusrol Golf Club for the PGA Championship.</span></p> <p> But the journey to Springfield, N.J., for the season&rsquo;s final major didn&rsquo;t begin on a qualifying course or as an item on a personal bucket list. It started with a news story.</p> Furry friends enjoy day at pool http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/furry-friends-enjoy-day-pool <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-doggydip03-cb-082416_0.jpg" alt="Connie Matlock plays with her dog Rudy during the annual Doggy Dip at Deer Creek Pool Sunday, August 14." title="Connie Matlock plays with her dog Rudy during the annual Doggy Dip at Deer Creek Pool Sunday, August 14." align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> When the summer sun is scorching and the pool is open for one more day, everyone and their dog come out for a swim. Literally.</p> <p> Deer Creek Pool hosted its annual Doggy Dip on a recent Sunday evening, and more pools in the South Jeffco area were scheduled to host similar events before closing for the season.</p> <p> Pet owners of all ages brought canines of varying sizes to enjoy the water, the fun and the community.</p> SHERIFF'S CALLS http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/sheriffs-calls-152 <p> <strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">An inside job</strong></p>