Today's News

  • Stables give chance for city kids to experience nature

    A special bond exists between a horse and its rider.

    Unlike the relationship between a dog and his master, one built on obedience, the relationship between a horse and rider is one built on trust and cooperation.


    “It's a partnership. You understand each other,” said Heidi Henderson. “You have to work together.”

  • Whooping cough outbreak hits Jefferson County

    Colorado is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, and Jefferson County has the most cases in the state. 

    And the affliction isn’t limited to people who haven’t been immunized.

    Of the 1,407 cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, that have been identified in the state between Jan. 1 and Dec. 8, Jeffco had at least 242, the most in any county. Denver County had the second highest number of cases with 207.

  • Littleton to implement high-tech snow removal plan

    The city of Littleton has a new strategy for clearing the streets of snow this winter, along with a new snowplow and sander.

    Now all it needs is some good directions. 

    The plan has yet to be implemented while the city waits for a Garmin global positioning system to arrive. The GPS systems were supposed to arrive last year but are now scheduled to arrive early this year.

    The systems will allow the city to see what streets have already been plowed and what areas still need work.

  • Jeffco to help overhaul park in honor of Jessica Ridgeway

    Jeffco has agreed to help Westminster turn Chelsea Park into a memorial for Jessica Ridgeway.

    Westminster plans to renovate the park in honor of the slain 10-year-old girl, who was slain in October after being abducted on her way to school. The design calls for two groupings of playground equipment, a picnic area, zip line and ribbon-themed benches and art. 

    The ribbons and the color of the park, purple and green, are in honor of Jessica. 

  • Commissioners OK changes in rules for RVs parked in unincorporated areas

    Changes in Jeffco’s parking regulations for streets in unincorporated areas have won initial approval from the county commissioners. 

    The changes would reclassify a trailer as a motor vehicle, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to ticket and tow a trailer if it has not been moved for 14 days. The changes also remove the requirement that a right-of-way be posted on a street before an illegally parked vehicle can be towed.

  • The holiday grind

    Now that the new year is here, it’s time to retire that Christmas tree. 

    If your tree is still waiting in the corner, Littleton wants to make sure you won’t just put it out for the garbage truck. 


    Littleton, along with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District, will be recycling Christmas trees until Jan. 14. The program, which has been running for more than 20 years, offers a way for residents to recycle trees and turn them into mulch.

  • Wages is Mines' power source

    GOLDEN — Trevor Wages is a home-grown kid. All 6-foot-9, 255 pounds of him. He’s one who likes to stay close to home. It is the best place he could be.
    But who is the Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball player?
    “Just a non-stop hustle, non-stop work (guy). I’m fierce, always competitive who doesn’t like to lose. I like to win. I’m a winner,” Wages said.

  • 2013: New Year's Resolutions

    The calendar has changed over. It’s a new year. It’s 2013. Each year, people make resolutions or predictions for what they want to do or what they expect to happen in the coming 12 months. The Columbine Courier sports staff spoke to a number of local athletes, coaches and athletic directors and asked them what they foresee happening this year.

    SCOTT CHRISTY, Columbine High athletic director
    “I want to improve our facilities. … I’d love to have another gym.”

  • Legislators assail cut in Jeffco social services funding

    The voices demanding that the Jeffco commissioners restore funding to three social services nonprofits are growing in number and intensity.

    State Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, and current state representative and Sen.-elect Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood, issued a news release before Christmas calling on the county commissioners to restore $688,000 that was cut from the county’s 2013 budget for Family Tree, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Seniors’ Resource Center.

  • A whole lot of options: Shoppers with food allergies rejoice in opening of new Whole Foods in South Jeffco

    It isn't easy shopping with a food allergy.


    Despite all the choices in the cereal aisle, products geared toward those who must be watchful of some common ingredients are somewhat limited. And Diana Jeanene knows this all too well —she developed a gluten allergy six years ago.

    “First of all, a lot of gluten-free products were not good,”Jeanene said.

    Jeanene felt the gluten-free choices were lacking in important attributes, like taste —when she could even find them.