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Today's News

  • Former Inter-Canyon fire chief faces theft, embezzlement charges

    Former Inter-Canyon fire chief Dave MacBean is facing theft and embezzlement charges in connection with $643,000 in purchases made with district funds over a three-year period.

     

    A news release from the Morrison-based fire district said MacBean was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Oct. 15 after an investigation was triggered by an internal audit in January. MacBean was placed on leave in January and left the department in March.

  • Bomb squad renders suspicious device inert; Chatfield High searched

    A suspicious device found in the Ken Caryl area led to the closing of one road and a precautionary search of nearby Chatfield High School on Oct. 16.

    The device was found by a homeowner in the 10600 block of Dakan Mountain Road, east of Chatfield Avenue. The Jeffco sheriff’s bomb squad responded, along with deputies.

  • On a mission to bring ‘care’ to health care

    Christina Garza's paternal grandfather, who worked in a uranium mine, was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was 4. He died a year later.
    Garza knew then her calling was to be a doctor.

  • A patchwork orange

    It isn’t fall until there are pumpkins.

    There were more than a few pumpkin hunters looking for the perfect canvas for their Halloween art on Saturday at Littleton’s annual Harvest Festival pumpkin patch. 

    “The kids love to come out here and look for pumpkins,” said Betsy Reagan of Littleton. “It’s hard to say no to the kids when they find the perfect pumpkin.”

  • In service to senior citizens

    If you ask Warren Rose what his favorite day of the week is, he’ll say it’s Tuesday.

    That’s because he dedicates Tuesdays to volunteering at the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen — and making many new friends. 

    “I look forward to going in there on my volunteer days and seeing my friends,” Rose said.

    Now in its 35th year, SRC’s mission is to coordinate services to enhance independence, dignity and quality of life for seniors.

  • Littleton barbecue team qualifies for international competition

    Swinestone Cowboys of Littleton will join Flyboy BBQ of Bailey as the two teams representing Colorado in the 25th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn., on Oct. 26.

    “As far as invitational competitions go, the ‘Jack’ might be the best,” said Steve Renfro of Flyboy BBQ.

  • Jeffco school board candidates disagree on education vouchers

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums for the six school board candidates, the Columbine Courier will focus each story on one single issue that arises in each debate. Visit www.ColumbineCourier.com and click on “Politics” under the “News” tab for candidate profiles and for coverage from previous forums.

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on education vouchers during a debate at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lakewood on Oct. 10.

  • On a mission to bring ‘care’ to health care

    Christina Garza’s paternal grandfather, who worked in a uranium mine, was diagnosed with liver cancer when she was 4. He died a year later. 

    Garza knew then her calling was to be a doctor.

  • Proposal to expand board doesn’t grow on Jeffco commissioners

    It appears it will take a citizen-led effort to get on the ballot the question of whether the Jeffco Board of Commissioners should be expanded from three to five members. 

    Ray Goodhart, a member of the Jeffco5 citizens group that is working to expand the board, said the group would start to prepare for a signature drive next year to put the issue on the 2014 ballot.

  • Kopp announces bid for governor

    Former South Jeffco state senator Mike Kopp has announced he will seek the Republican nomination in the 2014 gubernatorial race. 

    Kopp represented Senate District 22 from 2006-2011 and was the leader of Senate Republicans from 2010 until his resignation in 2011. Kopp resigned to be with his four children after his wife, Kimberly, died of cancer.