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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • Commissioners weigh county property-tax increase

    As Jeffco begins to finalize its budget for 2014, the county confronts the same dilemma it has faced for several years — how to do more with less. 

    Jeffco’s projected revenues for 2014 will not cover what the county is expecting to spend next year, so the county commissioners are considering reinstating part of the mill levy they reduced several years ago. 

  • Workmanlike Lady Eagles headed back to state

    Rachelle Foos knew the situation. The Dakota Ridge senior pitcher talked to her teammates prior to playing Chatfield in the 5A Region 3 tournament Oct. 12 at Dave Sanders Field at Clement Park. She told them that the Lady Chargers were going to hit and that they were going to score, but that Dakota Ridge needed to come out, in her words, “10 times harder.”

    Dakota Ridge did that with a workmanlike approach, and the Lady Eagles are headed back to the 5A state tournament for a third consecutive year following an 8-2 victory.

  • Lady Chargers returning to state

    It went without saying that 2013 was going to be a challenging season for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. Last year’s team rode Rebecka Mintz’s pitching and Carlie Sexton’s hitting to a 5A state tournament berth. But both of them graduated, and this year’s squad had to fill those spots through a handful of players. With the perseverance Chatfield showed Oct. 12 at the 5A Region 3 softball tournament, the spots have been filled quite nicely.

  • Eagles can’t catch Pomona, RV

    Dakota Ridge cross country runner Cameron Mattson put into perspective quite clearly what the Eagles had to do Oct. 11 at Clement Park if they wanted to reclaim their position as the top boys team in the 5A Jeffco League.

    “Sometimes you have to beat the other teams rather than each other,” Mattson said. “Our overall goal is to beat the other team.”