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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Brawl in the family

  • Jeffco motorcycle deputy killed in collision with SUV

    A Jeffco sheriff's deputy, Sgt. David Baldwin, died on Sunday morning when his patrol motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV on Colorado 93 north of West 64th Parkway.

    The accident occurred just after 10 a.m. when a southbound 2004 Saturn Vue reportedly crossed into the oncoming lane while passing on a curve. Baldwin's Harley-Davidson, which was traveling in the left northbound lane, was struck by the SUV, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. Baldwin was thrown from the bike; he was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 8 South Jeffco schools on lockout

    Eight South Jeffco schools were on lockout Thursday morning after a reported threat. 

    The schools were: Columbine Hills, Dutch Creek, Governor's Ranch, Leawood, Normandy, Ken Caryl Middle, Columbine High School and Blue Heron.

    A lockout means business at usual within the schools, but with no one allowed to enter or leave.

    Check back at ColumbineCourier.com for more details as they become available.

  • Lockout at 8 schools in Columbine area ends

    A lockout at eight South Jeffco schools, including Columbine High School, has ended, according to a tweet from the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    The schools went into lockout after several threats were phoned in to Columbine, but the Sheriff's Office determined later that the threats were neither "local or credible."

  • Grass fires in north Jeffco believed to be intentional

    Arson is suspected in seven grass fires that broke out Monday along West 44th Avenue in north Jeffco.

    The Sheriff’s Office said it suspected that the seven fires, started between 8 and 9 a.m. Jan. 20 near Colorado 58, were intentionally set. The fires were spread out over a 2-mile stretch between 14700 and 18600 W. 44th Ave.

  • Upgrades provide a big lift

    The house had become a prison for Jeaninne Kasa. But that was before the Zephyr Express.

    Kasa, 54, has a progressive form of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. Within two years of her diagnosis in 2010, the former elementary school teacher had lost the ability to walk up and down the stairs in her home near Lilley Gulch Park. 

    “Oh, boy, it was hard. I was depressed,” Kasa said. “We went through a lot of troubles back then.” 

  • Deputy to kids: Don’t let drugs prey on you

    An American bald eagle seems like a strange visual aid for a talk about the dangers of drugs. 

    But for almost 20 years, Arapahoe County sheriff’s Deputy Brian McKnight has used birds of prey to start a conversation with kids in Littleton on the dangers of alcohol, marijuana and cigarettes. 

  • An idea was brewing

    It’s fitting that 38 State Brewing, a soon-to-open microbrewery in south Littleton, found a home in an old automotive garage. 

    The brewery has its origins in co-owners Mike and Kim Keating’s own garage a few years ago. 

    “On the weekends, Brett (Blazek) and I would make beer as often as we could, and then we’d run out. Jason (Virzi) would come over and help us drink it all,” Mike Keating said. “We’d make beer until midnight. Brett’s wife would call and yell at us if we were going too late.” 

  • Board narrowly approves expansion of Deer Creek’s STEM program

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the deciding vote as the board approved the expansion of Deer Creek Middle School’s STEM program for sixth-graders at last Thursday’s board meeting.

    The vote was 3-2, narrowly giving sixth-graders the choice to join Deer Creek’s STEM program. Board members Williams, Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman voted for the expansion, while board President Ken Witt and board member John Newkirk voted against it.

  • Many hotels not high on legalized pot

    When it comes to legalized marijuana in Colorado, one area lodging establishment considers it a blessing, while another considers it a curse. For several others, it’s not an issue at all.

    The Cliff House Lodge in Morrison still bans tobacco smoking in its cottages, but there’s no problem for marijuana smokers. In contrast, the Comfort Suites at El Rancho doesn’t allow smoking of any kind in its rooms, and it’s fining a fair number of violators since smoking recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado on Jan. 1.