Today's News

  • Rogers joins twin in the pros

    Tyler Rogers was sitting on the couch in his brother’s apartment in Fort Myers, Fla., watching the webcast of the annual Major League Baseball amateur draft. It was late on June 7, with just a handful of picks left in the 10th round and his name yet to be called.
    Rogers, who had watched the broadcast all day, shut his computer down but still had it up on the TV. He didn’t think he would be drafted, at least not on this night. Then the 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed reliever heard his name called as the 312th selection overall by the San Francisco Giants.

  • Camp's focus is on the players

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    The text messages were the evidence that Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper legitimately felt bad.
    The seventh annual Dakota Ridge baseball camp went off without a hitch last week, attracting more than 100 kids ranging from elementary to high school, but one 20-year-old was missing.

  • 5A all-conference spring sports

    The following are all-conference selections for the 5A Jeffco League for the 2013 spring sports season:

    Sydney Merchant, Dakota Ridge; Jaylee Tait, Columbine; Gillian Vance, Dakota Ridge; Ashlyn Kirschner, Ralston Valley; Zarena Brown, Pomona; Mallory Graff, Standley Lake; McKenzie Smith, Ralston Valley

  • Sports briefs

    Chatfield Senior to host camps July 31-Aug 2 and Aug. 5-8
    Chatfield Senior High School will be hosting a volleyball camp for incoming 5th-8th graders July 31-Aug 2 and for incoming 9th-12th graders Aug. 5-8 in the main gymnasium.
    Start and ending time have yet to be determined.
    Cost is $50, which includes a T-shirt.
    Forms and more information are available at www.chatfieldvolleyball.com.

  • Coach of the year

    Last summer, Steve Schimpeler had a clue of what was in store for the Chatfield Chargers’ boys basketball program for the 2012-13 season. But maybe even he wasn’t fully aware of just how special this team would truly be.

  • Female athlete of the year

    Kristyn Peters’ record-breaking season at Dakota Ridge High School in which she led the Lady Eagles to a berth in the state championship game has landed her as the 2012-13 Columbine Courier Female Athlete of the Year.

  • Male athlete of the year

    Columbine wrestling coach Mark Baltazar said the trick to Brian Mayberry’s successful 2012-13 wrestling season was keeping him healthy and avoiding any major injuries. That almost didn’t happen.

  • Emergency notification system worked well, Sheriff’s Office says

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is more than happy with how its new emergency notification system, CodeRED, performed during the Bluebell Fire.

    The emergency calls had a successful connection rate of 84 percent, said Mark Techmeyer, sheriff’s spokesman. He said a connection rate of about 60 percent is considered acceptable nationally. 

    “We really couldn’t be more pleased,” Techmeyer said. “When you’re looking at 84 percent, it really went well.”

  • Council approves tax rebate for brewery

    The Littleton City Council has approved up to a $300,000 tax rebate as an incentive for the Breckenridge Brewery to relocate to Littleton.

    The council approved the tax rebate on June 4 when it gave final approval to Breckenridge Brewery’s site development plan. The council passed the measure on a 6-1 vote, with Councilwoman Peggy Cole voting no. 

    Breckenridge will receive a 50 percent rebate on any sales taxes collected after the first $40,000 is collected by Littleton. The brewery is estimated to bring in about $120,000 a year in tax revenue.

  • Littleton’s Election Commission eyes ‘approval voting’ plan

    The Colorado Coalition for Approval Voting is asking Littleton to change its voting system for municipal positions to make it possible for a voter to “approve” several candidates for an office.

    The coalition, led by Frank Atwood, made a presentation to Littleton’s Election Commission last week.

    Unlike the current system, in which a voter can choose only one candidate, “approval voting” allows endorsement of one, some or all of the candidates. The candidate with the most total votes still would be the winner.