http://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Star Wars-themed laser tag takes over Columbine Library http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/star-wars-themed-laser-tag-takes-over-columbine-library <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-starwarslasertag05-sh-051618.jpg" alt="Alex Mayer, 12, talks with Kylie Williams, 14, before the start of a Star Wars-themed laser tag competition at Columbine Library, May 11, 2018." title="Alex Mayer, 12, talks with Kylie Williams, 14, before the start of a Star Wars-themed laser tag competition at Columbine Library, May 11, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Force was strong with local teens last week as they ran around the library, laser guns in hand.</p> <p> Columbine Library hosted about 30 youngsters for its Teens After Dark: Star Wars Laser Tag event last Friday, which was organized by the library&rsquo;s Teen Advisory Board.</p> <p> Their only hope, TAB members said, was to help local teens become active in the library, engage with their community, encourage creativity and have fun with other teens.</p> Jeffco food drive a ‘godsend’ for local nonprofits http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-food-drive-%E2%80%98godsend%E2%80%99-local-nonprofits <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-jeffcobagoffchallenge01-cw-051618.jpg" alt="Sheriff Jeff Shrader and Commissioner Libby Szabo race to win the grocery bagging challenge at King Soopers, May 7, 2018." title="Sheriff Jeff Shrader and Commissioner Libby Szabo race to win the grocery bagging challenge at King Soopers, May 7, 2018." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Four tons, or 8,000 pounds of food.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s enough to feed one person for four years, or 2,000 people for a day.</p> <p> And it&rsquo;s the goal that the county&rsquo;s staff members have set for themselves &mdash; to raise 8,000 pounds of food for nonprofits as part of their 24th annual Food and Cash Drive.</p> <p> The drive runs through May 25 and will benefit four nonprofits across Jeffco, including Evergreen Christian Outreach, or EChO, and the Holy Family Center Food Pantry at South Jeffco&rsquo;s Light of the World Catholic Church.</p> Jeffco schools land on top 50 list http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-schools-land-top-50-list <p> Six Jeffco high schools have landed on U.S. News and World Report&rsquo;s annual &ldquo;Best High Schools&rdquo; list, which ranks the top high schools at state and national levels based on college readiness, reading and math assessment scores, graduation rates, and more.</p> <p> Announced May 9, Evergreen High School, D&rsquo;Evelyn Junior/Senior High School, Chatfield High School and Bear Creek High School were among the top 50 high schools in Colorado, with Evergreen and D&rsquo;Evelyn ranked among the top 10.</p> Cap and gown bound: Columbine senior fights through surgeries, pain to finish on top http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/cap-and-gown-bound-columbine-senior-fights-through-surgeries-pain-finish-top <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-amandabrown02-sh-051618.jpg" alt="Amanda Brown poses for a photo at Columbine High School." title="Amanda Brown poses for a photo at Columbine High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the third story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D&rsquo;Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.</em></p> <p> Amanda Brown&rsquo;s story is one of determination.</p> Falcon Bluffs entrepreneurship class lends a helping hand http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/falcon-bluffs-entrepreneurship-class-lends-helping-hand <p> Stepping inside John Trujillo&rsquo;s entrepreneurship class at Falcon Bluffs Middle School is akin to walking in the front door of a small business.</p> <p> There are students calculating costs; others woodworking in the classroom wood shop; and still more packaging products. The class, now in its fourth year at Falcon Bluffs, is a real lesson in business, philanthropy and entrepreneurship, and its impact is not overlooked by students.</p> Parks Briefs: Ongoing, upcoming trail projects and other news items http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/parks-briefs-ongoing-upcoming-trail-projects-and-other-news-items <p> <strong>Conservation Greenprint</strong></p> <p> With the Denver metro area&rsquo;s growth expected to continue growing at 2 percent a year, Jeffco Open Space has identified five big-picture key initiatives to continue addressing the challenges its parks have seen because of increasing growth. All of these initiatives are ongoing, and JCOS staff have already started on several of them.</p> Restoring faith in body, mind and soul http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/restoring-faith-body-mind-and-soul <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-adaptiveyoga01-sh-050918.jpg" alt="Doug Houg leans into a pair of bolsters during an adaptive yoga class at Yoga Joy Littleton." title="Doug Houg leans into a pair of bolsters during an adaptive yoga class at Yoga Joy Littleton." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In a dimly lit room with soothing music playing in the background, three people stretch, lengthen and breathe, moving their bodies in ways they forgot they could.</p> <p> For one hour, the yogis ditch wheelchairs and prosthetics, slowly but surely restoring faith in their bodies with each pose. This is the beauty of adaptive yoga, according to instructor Ashley Curran, who leads the class at Southwest Plaza&rsquo;s Yoga Joy studio.</p> <p> &ldquo;The mind-body relationship is so powerful,&rdquo; she said.</p> James holds onto seat on Foothills Park board http://www.columbinecourier.com/content/james-holds-seat-foothills-park-board <img src="http://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/timjamesfoothillspr_0.jpg" alt="Tim James" title="Tim James" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> Incumbent Tim James has retained his position on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board of directors, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday evening.</p> <p> Of the 1,917 votes cast in the Ward 3 election, James garnered 1,282 votes. His opponent, Sheila Lieder, received 635 votes. Only those living within Ward 3 were eligible to vote. Ward 3 is bounded by C-470 on the west, Belleview Avenue on the north and Kipling Parkway on the east.</p>