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Today's News

  • Gas leak shuts down Bowles Avenue near Southwest Plaza

    A natural gas leak closed down a section of West Bowles Avenue next to Southwest Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office shut down Bowles from South Wadsworth Boulevard to Cross Drive after a natural gas line in the area was cut, according to West Metro Fire Rescue. Later the Sheriff's Office reported that only the eastbound lanes would be affected.

  • Sports briefs

    ICE HOCKEY
    Armstrong’s two goals propels Columbine past rival Chatfield

    Daniel Armstrong scored twice, including a goal just 48 seconds into the game, as Columbine stormed past Chatfield 5-1 on Feb. 7 at the Edge Ice Arena.
    Nick Stasch, Jacob Seibold and Ian Lewis also scored for the Rebels (11-6-1).
    Payden Thanner scored Chatfield’s lone goal after Columbine had gone ahead 3-0 early in the second period.
    The Rebels, who dropped a 7-4 decision to Battle Mountain a day later, outshot Chatfield 44-13.

  • Pesky Eagles throttle Rebels

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    Dakota Ridge’s boys basketball squad can remind one of a swiss army knife. On defense, the Eagles swarm towards every dribble. On offense, they penetrate the paint and dominate the offensive glass. And if that is not enough, they can hit the short high percentage shot or nail a long three in a moment’s notice.
    Columbine coach Clay Thielking knew it was going to be a monumental task for his Rebels to come out with the win on Feb. 7.

  • Hobbs focused for state after winning Jeffco

    ARVADA — Averly Hobbs has a simple enough strategy to calm her nerves before any dive.
    “Normally, I can get into my zone — listen to my music, do 10 jumping jacks, whatever helps to take away my stress so that I can do my dives,” Hobbs said.
    If there was any stress Feb. 8 at the George J. Meyers Pool, she didn’t show it. The Chatfield junior scored a league-record and season-best score of 464.5 points to easily win the 1-meter diving title at the 5A Jeffco League championships.

  • Rebels’ Breidenbach preps for regionals

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — One of the marquee finals matches of the Feb. 8 Pre-Regional Rumble at Bear Creek High School played out like a board game for brainiacs.
    Columbine’s Karl Breidenbach and Doherty’s Brandon Supernow, ranked second and fourth at 160 pounds in 5A by On the Mat, played cat-and-mouse with neither wrestler able to score a takedown. Tied 1-1 after Breidenbach’s third-period escape, the Rebels senior won when Supernow was assessed a one-point penalty for stalling.

  • Stevenson tenure ends early on acrimonious note

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced Saturday that she will leave the district at the end of the month, ending her 12-year tenure amid friction with the new conservative majority on the school board.

    “I cannot lead and manage because I am not trusted or respected by this Board of Education,” Stevenson said. “I approached the board about this, and said I can’t make decisions and I cannot lead if they do not trust or respect me.”

  • Stevenson to work for state association after leaving Jeffco district

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson has been hired by the Colorado Association of School Executives to fill a new director position.

    “(Stevenson) will play a critical role in CASE’s ongoing work to assist school administrators as they seek to improve student results,” Bruce Caughey, CASE executive director, said in a statement.

    Caughey said Stevenson will serve as director of the CASE Leadership Initiative and will provide support to school leaders and districts for teaching, learning and improvement.

  • Suspect identified in standoff that spurred evacuation of South Jeffco neighborhood

    The Jeffco Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Wednesday evening after a neighborhood was evacuated following reports of a gas leak and that a despondent resident was making threats against himself and others.

  • Young performers hold coming-out party

    For some young performers, that first opportunity to entertain an audience is all it takes to turn stage fright into stage presence. 

    “I’ll be honest: I really, absolutely hated performing for people. I despised it,” says 11-year-old Brooklyn Webb. 

    But Brooklyn’s high anxiety turned to polished poise when she took the stage for the first time last year in Lakewood High School’s performance of “Les Misérables.”

  • School district’s negotiations with teachers will be open to public

    In a break with longtime practice, contract negotiations between the Jeffco school board and the district’s teachers union will be open to the public this year.

    “We are all about transparency and accountability for all aspects of our district,” said Ami Prichard, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, the teachers union. “We think it will be interesting for the public to see.”