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Today's News

  • Board president discusses school choice

    In an appearance in Evergreen on Jan. 27, Jeffco school board President Ken Witt said each of his four children had different experiences going through public schools.

    “One loved school for school and excelled no matter what the environment or teacher was like,” Witt said. “Another really struggled and found it a challenge to focus in a classroom setting. I put value on the breadth of choice for educating children.”

  • Economic development group has new plan to get help from county

    The Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has received positive feedback on a proposal to partner with the county on an initiative to identify real estate available for economic development.

    The EDC is seeking a shared-services agreement to identify those properties and work to turn them into potential sites for business expansion. 

  • Jefferson County considers establishing public outdoor shooting range

    Jeffco might be setting its sights on establishing an outdoor shooting range open to the public.

    The county’s Parks and Open Space Department is putting together a working group to decide if a county-owned range is feasible. The group is expected to start work in March and report to the county commissioners by July.  

  • West Bowles bike lanes put on hold

    Bike lanes won’t be showing up on West Bowles Avenue anytime soon. 

    Jeffco has tabled a proposal to paint on-street bicycle lanes on Bowles from C-470 to east of South Pierce Street. While the plan is feasible, public sentiment was mixed on the project, said Jeffco Transportation and Engineering Director Kevin French. 

    Bowles had been identified in the county’s 2012 bicycle-pedestrian plan as a potential east-west corridor for two-wheeled vehicles. 

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s housing market continued its upward trend in 2013, as the county saw the largest year-to-year drop in foreclosures. 

    The county had 1,303 foreclosures start in 2013, a 51 percent drop from the 2,650 foreclosures started in 2012. Jeffco’s 2013 foreclosure numbers were down by 2,724 since the height of the foreclosure crisis in 2009.

    Jeffco Public Trustee Margaret Chapman said during a Jan. 28 briefing that while deferment programs across the country have been widely touted, they’ve had a limited impact in Jeffco. 

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chatfield tops Lakewood, increases lead in 5A Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers won their third straight game with a 74-63 road win at Lakewood High School on Jan. 29.
    Chatfield (13-3, 8-1 5A Jeffco League) trailed 38-36 at halftime before pulling away in the second half, outscoring the host Tigers 38-25.
    With the victory, Chatfield holds a two-game lead in the loss column in the league standings over Ralston Valley, Arvada West and Dakota Ridge.
    Chatfield plays host to Bear Creek on Feb. 5.

  • Chatfield sweeps tri-meet, eyeing state

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    WHEAT RIDGE —Haley Kopec must feel like she’s watching — make that starring in — the movie “Groundhog Day.’’
    Every time the Chatfield sophomore swims the 200-yard individual medley relay she finishes with virtually the same time, just shy of the 5A state-qualifying standard of 2 minutes, 20.5 seconds.

  • Meyer’s late goals rescues Rebels

    If you ask Columbine head coach Chris Gassman, he’ll tell you that Matthew Meyer is a player with the kind of attitude that you want for your team. He’s also somebody who might play just a little too hard at times, but he doesn’t quit. He didn’t Feb. 1 against Aspen at the Edge Ice Arena.
    The Columbine senior scored the game-tying goal with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation and then won the game with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime as the Rebels scored a crucial 3-2 victory over the visiting Skiers.

  • Dakota Ridge can taste playoff berth

    Jake Ross said that the pressure to get into the postseason isn’t occupying the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ minds, but you know that it’s there. They know that it’s there. They can almost taste it. And barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Eagles will make their playoff debut in 2014.

  • Photographer’s dream turns to nightmare

    Ouch. If you haven’t heard, the Seattle Seahawks’ defense smothered the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The Broncos’ offense didn’t help much either. It seemed like from their first snap, the entire team started to unravel.