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Today's News

  • Warriors steal one late from Chargers

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    You knew from the beginning that this was going to be an all-out battle on the hardwood.  Chatfield, a Sweet 16 participant in last year’s 5A state tournament, hosting Arapahoe, a 2013 state finalist who lost an epic overtime thriller to Denver East. And the two teams didn’t disappoint.
    Arapahoe staved off a late Chatfield charge for a 56-55 victory on Dec. 7 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Dakota Ridge repeats at state

    DENVER — Winning is never much in the conversation for the Dakota Ridge cheer team.
    Jon Baran, the school’s cheer coach, said because of the way his team runs practice and how the team is coached, team members just worry about executing and doing their best.
    “With that philosophy and mentality, they do a great job as you can see,” Baran said.

  • Eagles’ persistence, patient working

    Taylor Smith waited in front of the net as the Dakota Ridge wingers worked with the puck in the corners. His patience would be paid off soon enough.
    The puck finally popped out to him in the high slot and he put it past Josh Aycock for the eventual game-winning goal with 7 minutes, 47 seconds left in regulation as Dakota Ridge posted a 4-2 victory over rival Chatfield on Dec. 5 at the Edge Ice Arena. The win, coupled with an earlier 4-1 win over Doherty has the Eagles off to a 2-0 start to the 2013-14 ice hockey season.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Caught dread to rights

  • Lighting the night in Littleton

    Story and Photograph by Chancey Bush  

    As the sun set behind the mountains, darkness settled over downtown Littleton — but not for long. More than 1 million twinkling lights illuminated the trees and the glowing smiles of eager youngsters waiting for an early glimpse of Santa Claus.

    The holiday spirit swept over Littleton as thousands gathered downtown on Friday night for the 30th annual Candlelight Walk and Tree Lighting tradition. 

  • Littleton Museum relives Christmases past

    The Littleton Museum is in the holiday spirit, and it shows. 

    The museum spent the weekend adorning its two historic farmhouses with authentic decorations used during early Christmases in Littleton.

    And while both farmhouses lack the typical modern mayhem of flashing lights and inflatable snowmen, a stark contrast is evident between the 1860s and 1890s decorations, said Andrea Wilhelm, a historical interpreter at the museum. 

  • Mesmerizing melodies

    In a handbell choir, the musicians use their hands, mallets and bodies to modify sounds from the single-note instruments, creating a rich tapestry of sounds. 

  • Jefferson County commissioners finalize 2014 budget

    Jeffco has finalized its 2014 budget, but the county commissioners warned the future fiscal outlook is grim and that cuts could be on the horizon in 2015 and beyond.

    The commissioners voted 2-1 vote to approve a $350.5 million operating budget for 2014. The spending plan includes a 1.5-mill increase in the county’s property-tax levy and a 3 percent merit increase for county employees. 

  • Two restaurants close doors

    Littleton diners have two fewer choices when it comes to eating out around town. 

    Champps restaurant, in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center, and Hops Grill and Brewery, on West Bowles Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard, have closed. 

    Champps, a national chain that had been based in Littleton until a few years ago, closed all three of its Colorado locations last month. The Aspen Grove restaurant opened in 2002. 

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife 

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”