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Today's News

  • Eagles, Chargers up to the challenge

    ARVADA — Ali Borelli and her Dakota Ridge teammates knew that if they were going to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay on Jan. 8 as part of the 5A Jeffco Relays that they would have to pull off one of their fastest times of the season. They also would have to keep up with Lakewood and not let the Lady Tigers get too far out in front.
    Mission accomplished.

  • STUDENT PROFILES: Dakota Ridge junior always looking for opportunities to bring smiles, support to others

    Teachers and parents challenge students to engage in opportunities of community outreach in the belief that education extends beyond the mastery of content and accomplishment in athletics or activities. Working toward positive contributions as citizens in the community, students should experience an education that promotes empathy for one another as well as exemplary academic achievement.

  • County clerk approves Jeffco5 petition plan

    Jeffco voters are a step closer to deciding whether the Board of County Commissioners should expand to five members from the current three.  

    Jeffco5, a grassroots organization working to expand the commission, received approval last week from the county clerk and recorder’s office for petitions for an initiative that would ask voters if they want five commissioners to represent the county’s residents.

  • Cold weather doesn’t put skaters on ice

    On a day when frigid temperatures frosted South Jeffco, parents braved the snow and cold to give their kids a chance to play on the ice. 

    Dozens of beginning ice skaters took to the rink at The Edge Ice Arena on Saturday for Foothills Park and Rec’s Give Ice Skating a Try Day. 

    The aim of the free lesson and skate rental is to spark a life-long love for being on the ice, said Lezlea Zessin, Foothills’ figure skating director. 

  • Inter-Canyon Fire approves 2014 budget

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District had a memorable 2013, but for all the wrong reasons.

    “Last year’s theme was ‘survive,’ ” said Karl Firor, treasurer for the Inter-Canyon board of directors. “This year’s theme is, ‘It’s going to be a little bit better than last year.’”

  • Lake open for skating at Pine Valley Ranch

    Eager anglers and graceful gliders can now slide down to Pine Grove to enjoy some winter activity in the mountains.

    The lake at Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park is now open for ice skating and fishing.

    “It’s kind of a step back in time,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space. “We don’t groom the ice or anything like that. People can get a flavor of ice skating in the past and really get that outdoor experience.” 

  • Evergreen to be hub for regional emergency dispatch system

    In the new year, Evergreen will be the hub for all things emergency-related in west-central Jeffco.

    It’s all part of “regionalization,” a nationwide push to bring emergency agencies together under one roof, system or organization to better coordinate response over an extended area. And when that area is prone to wildfires — or flooding — a little reorganization is designed to go a long way.

  • Foothills again will host talent show for youth

    If you have a song in your heart, now’s the time to sing it. 

    Foothills Park and Rec is giving kids a chance to shine again as it hosts the Night of the Stars talent show on Feb. 1. 

    The show, which has auditions Jan. 14 to fill 30 available slots, has been a hit since it started three years ago, said Regina Smith, Foothills’ cultural arts specialist.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Pittman, Antrillo lead charge as Dakota Ridge trips Legend

    Cody Pittman scored 15 points, while Cambrian Antrillo added 13 points as Dakota Ridge pulled away from Legend for a 54-42 victory on Jan. 4 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    The host Eagles (6-1), who led 34-30 entering the fourth quarter, outscored Legend 20-12 in the final eight minutes.

  • Rebels’ defense stymies Gators

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    Something had to give. Columbine was looking for its first home win of the season and visiting Standley Lake was seeking its first road victory of the year on  Jan.  4 at Columbine High School.
    Senior Jaylee Tait did her usual damage to the opposition with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals; however, senior Kindra Koenig supplied the firepower for Columbine with relentless defensive pressure and three big shots from beyond the arc to lead the Lady Rebels past the Lady Gators 61-49.