Today's News

  • Reform of teacher pay part of tax-hike debate

    Editor’s note: The Courier is publishing a series of articles examining arguments on both sides of Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed property tax increase.

    Opponents of a proposed tax increase for Jeffco schools say that speeding up teacher pay reform would go a long way toward closing a budget gap that proponents hope to fill with the tax hike.

  • Miller getting first taste of NFL life

    Ryan Miller isn't old enough to truly remember when the hometown Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns locked up in back-to-back AFC Championship games in the late 1980s. The Drive? The Fumble? They're history-book material for the 23-year-old.

    But don't be fooled. He knows all too well about the rivalry, especially now that he's a Cleveland Brown himself.

    “I know all about it. People in Cleveland don't exactly like John Elway, so I've learned,” Miller said.

  • Robinson looking for his shot with Bengals

    Zac Robinson's laundry list of accolades at Oklahoma State are impressive, to say the least.

    The former Chatfield High School quarterback led the Cowboys to three straight bowl games, including a 49-33 victory over Indiana in the 2007 Insight Bowl in which the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Robinson was named the game's most valuable player. He threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more scores.



    Head coach: Tim Capra

    Classification: 5A Jeffco

    Region: Metro West

    Players to watch: Michael Tait, sophomore; Billy Ramsey, senior; Logan Smith, senior; Greg Shelton, junior

    Season opener: Aug. 13, Greeley West Invitational

    State finals: Oct. 1-2, Rolling Hills Country Club, Golden

  • Tait, Rebels enter golf season with chip on their shoulders

    A year ago, Michael Tait was only a freshman. Yet, at times, he was Columbine's best player. Head coach Tim Capra will tell you that. That's not to say, however, that Tait's veins were filled with ice water. They certainly weren't.

    “It was pretty nerve-racking going in as a freshman to varsity,” Tait said.

  • The ultimate challenge: Burn victim ready for second year in Deer Creek Challenge bike race

    Don Keller, 53, has faced his share of challenges — some he didn’t willingly choose, such as heart disease and an explosion that burned over 40 percent of his body and destroyed his home.

    But Keller has chosen to face, for the second year in a row, the Deer Creek Challenge Cycling Race on Aug. 19. The race, in its third year, is a benefit for Conifer’s Mountain Resource Center.

  • Gone country

    Get ready, music fans, because country music legend Charlie Daniels is going to show you how it’s done.

  • In defense of Ted Cruz, the Tea Party

    Last week, Ted Cruz won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Texas over a better-known, better-funded opponent. If you’ve followed the race, the narrative from the press has essentially been that Cruz is a Tea Party-backed firebrand whose knee-jerk ideology presages a rightward lurch for the GOP.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The bang of the gravel

  • When lightning strikes twice

    Lightning does strike twice: Just ask the South Jeffco man and his 9-months’-pregnant wife who had two lightning-related experiences in one week and survived with no physical scars to show for it.

    On July 24 a lightning strike took out a branch of a huge dead tree in the couple’s backyard about 9 p.m. while they were in the house. The next week, a bolt nearly blew them off the path around a lake where they were taking a stroll.