Today's News

  • Gordon ‘Spud’ Van de Water vying for Jeffco school board seat

    Gordon “Spud” Van de Water, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and education matters, is running for the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Van de Water will vie with Ken Witt for the District 5 seat, which covers the southern part of Jefferson County. Incumbent Paula Noonan announced in April that she would not run for re-election.

    “I’m running because I want to see every kid be successful,” Van de Water said.

    The election is Nov. 5.


    What’s in a name?

  • Parents can opt out of system for storing student info

    Parents of students in Jeffco Public Schools will now be able to opt out of the controversial inBloom system for storing student data.

    That announcement came at a school board meeting Sept. 19, after months of controversy related to parental concerns about the security of the cloud-based data storage system, and about the student information that will be collected.

  • The best of us, the worst of us

    In the wake of the catastrophic destruction and loss of property and life caused by the floods that ravaged our state earlier this month, many things come to mind. It reminds us of several things, including the ominous power of nature, our capacity to endure difficult situations, and how the inherent good and evil of people to either reach out and help those in need or to take advantage of a terrible situation show that disasters bring out both the best and the worst in people.

  • Sheriff's Calls


    A kinder, gentler vandalism

  • Sports briefs

    Creekmore, Goepfert lead charge as Dakota Ridge routs A-West
    — Cassidy Creekmore and Miranda Goepfert each drove in three runs as Dakota Ridge rolled to a 12-1 road victory at Arvada West on Sept. 21.
    Creekmore went 3-for-4 and scored three runs, while Rachelle Foos also scored three times for the Lady Eagles (12-3, 3-1 5A Jeffco League).
    Foos pitched a complete game three-hitter. She walked three and struck out 10.

    Valencia, Pomona hand Columbine first league loss

  • McDondle, Rebels thump Hawks

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    LAKEWOOD — The defense looks improved, first-year quarterback Michael Tait is making the right decisions and completing almost 70 percent of his passes, and Columbine is playing with a purpose, determined to prove that last year’s substandard 7-4 record was an anomaly. But the biggest thing the Rebels have going for them remains Bernard McDondle.

  • Chargers take care of things vs. Rebels

    It’s not likely that Sydney Lecker meant any disrespect with her comments. Chatfield’s lone senior, though, figures the Lady Chargers have, excuse the pun, bigger fish to fry than Columbine.

  • Tait, Columbine conquer 5A regionals

    When it came to Michael Tait and Greg Shelton, Columbine head coach Tim Capra knew they were going to be OK.
    His big concern was how his No. 3 and 4 players – Ashton Opperman and Marcus Tait – would handle the 5A Northern boys golf regionals at Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield.
    Well, he was right about Michael Tait and Shelton. The elder Tait won the regional championship with an even-par 72, despite shooting 4-over on the Par-4, 423-yard No. 11.

  • Chargers’ Jarecki tosses one-hitter

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    Sophomore pitcher Jessica Jarecki hurled a complete game one-hit shutout and added a double in the sixth inning to lead Chatfield to a convincing 5-0 victory over visiting Bear Creek on Sept. 21 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • SWAT team makes arrest in South Jeffco neighborhood; body found

    A SWAT team’s raid on a home suspected of being involved in property and drug crimes has turned into a murder investigation.

    The SWAT team deployed to 7271 S. Weber St. in South Jeffco on Sept. 18 to serve a Jeffco sheriff’s warrant in an investigation of property crimes. The team used a flash-bang device before entering and then arrested Gregory Gruenloht, 42, without incident.

    During a subsequent search of the home, the body of Robert Gordon Jr., 51, was discovered. The cause of death is being investigated by the Jeffco coroner's office.