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Today's News

  • Rising to the occasion

    The rainy, chilly afternoon on Sept. 27 gave way to a warm gesture of compassion, as the Front Range Christian School community presented more than $2,600 in bake-sale proceeds to the Lyons High Lions.

    Lyons, one of the towns hit hardest by September’s floods, saw roads swallowed and families displaced, leaving the community to pick up and start over amid the chaos of destruction.   

    But not alone.

  • School board candidates discuss teachers carrying firearms

    Editor’s note: With numerous forums scheduled 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 of the candidate forums.

     

    Jeffco school board candidates shared their views on whether arming teachers with firearms would make classrooms and schools safer at a candidate forum on Sept. 24.

  • Williams wants to bring parent’s perspective to school board

    Julie Williams, a Colorado native and a product of Jeffco schools, is running for school board.

    Williams, who is making her first bid for public office, is vying with Tonya Aultman-Bettridge in District 1, which covers the northern part of the county. Robin Johnson, who had held the District 1 seat since 2009, resigned in August after moving out of the county.

  • Teens tackle challenges during Youth in Government Day

    Classroom learning took a back seat to real-world experience last week when a group of Littleton students experienced the challenges of starting a home business. 

    Fifteen high school students traveled to city hall as part of Youth in Government Day on Sept. 26. The program is designed to give students a first-hand look at how local government operates, and the goal is to make sure the next generation is active in charting the city’s future. 

  • Arapahoe Community College receives $25,000 grant

    Arapahoe Community College has received a $25,000 grant from RLC Foundation, a donor-advised fund of Rose Community Foundation, as announced by Courtney Loehfelm, executive director of the ACC Foundation.

    RLC Foundation funds organizations primarily in Colorado that work toward improving the education and health status of disadvantaged children and young people.

  • Littleton Zombie Crawl:This party will be dead

     One doesn’t usually associate the living dead with a fun family outing. 

    Yet that’s exactly how the organizers of the Littleton Zombie Crawl and Pig Roast describe this Saturday’s event. 

    The crawl will feature hordes of zombies that will shuffle through downtown Littleton to the Reinke Bros. store to gorge themselves on two roasted pigs. And while 800 or so people in full zombie makeup might not sound like the best environment for kids, the organizers make it as family-friendly as possible. 

  • Sigg pleads guilty in murder of Jessica Ridgway

    Austin Sigg has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway in October 2012.

    Sigg’s trial had been scheduled to start Oct. 2 in Jefferson County District Court, but the district attorney’s office said that Sigg’s attorneys’ contacted them Sept. 30 to say their client would plead guilty.

  • Rebels’ Lowry chosen for USA Today contest

    By Courier staff
    Columbine head coach Andy Lowry has been chosen as one of eight active high school football coaches in Colorado to be nominated by USA Today as the best high school football coach in the country.
    The news organization is conducting three rounds of voting, which started Sept. 30, to determine the best coach in the country. Voting in the state round concludes Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. mountain time.
    Lowry is 193-44 at Columbine, including 4-1 this season. To vote, visit http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/bestcoach2013/co.
     

  • Eagles shake early nerves

    If there’s one thing that Dakota Ridge head coach Marv Van Lingen has been working on with the Lady Eagles, it’s putting together a complete game. The way the Sept. 28 “Think Pink” game started for both Dakota Ridge and visiting Chatfield, it didn’t appear either team was likely to do that. But Dakota Ridge settled down, started focusing on its hitting, and executed.
    The end result was an 11-4 victory, thanks to an eight-run fourth inning,

  • Chatfield saves best for last, wins Jeffco

    Mark Koza called it the best that the Chatfield Chargers have played all year. As the Chargers’ boys tennis head coach, there’s not much more he could ask for, considering it was the regular-season finale and it was against Lakewood, with the 5A Jeffco League championship hanging in the balance.
    Starting with John Koza’s straight-set victory at No. 1 singles, the Chargers won all seven bouts in a 7-0 win on Sept. 26 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.