https://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en An opportunity to say thanks: Lakewood teen meets with West Metro paramedics who saved her life https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/opportunity-say-thanks-lakewood-teen-meets-west-metro-paramedics-who-saved-her-life <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-westmetroteen01-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Two months after responding to a call for a cardiac arrest, the West Metro paramedics team had a chance to meet the 17-year-old Taylor Knight whose life they saved on July 18." title="Two months after responding to a call for a cardiac arrest, the West Metro paramedics team had a chance to meet the 17-year-old Taylor Knight whose life they saved on July 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Shannon Knight shouldn&rsquo;t have been home that day, and she certainly didn&rsquo;t consider it lucky when she hurt herself at work and was sent home on concussion watch.</p> <p> But, in a way, she was. Because of this, she was home on the morning of July 18 when her 17-year-old daughter, Taylor Knight, went into cardiac arrest.</p> <p> On Sept. 11 &mdash; two months and a lot of recovery later &mdash; Taylor, now a Lakewood High School senior, visited West Metro Fire Rescue Station 8 to meet the paramedics who saved her life.</p> <p> <strong>What happened</strong></p> Summerset Festival returns for 34th annual summer sendoff https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/summerset-festival-returns-34th-annual-summer-sendoff <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-summersetfest01-ds-091918.jpg" alt="Grit jumps off of Todd Murnan&#039;s stomach to catch a Frisbee during the Colorado Disc Dog event at Summerset Festival last weekend." title="Grit jumps off of Todd Murnan&#039;s stomach to catch a Frisbee during the Colorado Disc Dog event at Summerset Festival last weekend." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> While Summerset Festival may technically serve as a goodbye to summer, it certainly didn&rsquo;t feel like it last Saturday at Clement Park.</p> <p> The sun was bright, and the temperatures were warm as people gathered for the 34th annual event. The festival, hosted by the Foothills Foundation, is a fundraiser for Foothills Park and Recreation District.</p> <p> This year, it featured craft beer tasting, live music from Nothing but Nineties and Halleway, kids entertainment, local business and nonprofit booths, food trucks and much more.</p> Columbine brings the pain against Highlands Ranch https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/columbine-brings-pain-against-highlands-ranch <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-fbcolumbinevshr01-gc-091918.jpg" alt="Columbine’s Tanner Hollens catches a punt at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch on Friday night." title="Columbine’s Tanner Hollens catches a punt at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch on Friday night." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>HIGHLANDS RANCH</strong> &mdash; For years, Columbine football has been a dominant force to be reckoned with.<br /> This year is no different.<br /> At Highlands Ranch on Friday night, the third-ranked Rebels, per CHSAANow.com, came out firing on all cylinders as they downed the Falcons, 41-16, to advance to 4-0 on the season.<br /> Chargers gain experience in setback to Wildcats https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/chargers-gain-experience-setback-wildcats <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-fbchatfieldvsfruita03-sh-091918.jpg" alt="Chatfield senior Zack Yanda (7) stands in the pocket preparing to pass during the first half of the Chargers’ game against Fruita Monument on Friday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood." title="Chatfield senior Zack Yanda (7) stands in the pocket preparing to pass during the first half of the Chargers’ game against Fruita Monument on Friday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The only thing hotter than the 90-degree temperatures at Jeffco Stadium on Friday was the play of No. 10 Fruita Monument&rsquo;s offense. &nbsp;<br /> The Wildcats scored 17 points in the first half and on three of four possessions in the second half to defeat No. 3 Chatfield 38-27.<br /> With the setback, the Chargers dropped to No. 7 as Fruita Monument rose to No. 6.<br /> It was the first loss for Chatfield; it also marked the third consecutive game the Chargers had given up 30 or more points. The defense has only one returning starter from last season.<br /> Jeffco eliminating county’s portion of business personal property tax https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-eliminating-county%E2%80%99s-portion-business-personal-property-tax <p> Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to eliminate the county&rsquo;s portion of the business personal property tax, which taxes businesses for goods and products, including equipment.</p> <p> The decision will cut nearly $7 million or 1.3 percent of the county&rsquo;s budget. Commissioners Libby Szabo and Tina Francone &mdash; both of whom are business owners &mdash; felt strongly in favor of eliminating the tax, while Commissioner Casey Tighe had concerns.</p> Jeffco searching for man accused in assault at Red Rocks https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-searching-man-accused-assault-red-rocks <p> The Jefferson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is searching for a man accused of assaulting someone during a Joe Russo&rsquo;s Almost Dead concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on Aug. 16.</p> <p> According to the Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, the suspect punched another male in the face during the band&rsquo;s set break while the two concert-goers sat on the third row of the venue, close to center stage. The attack, which happened around 9:45 p.m., was reportedly unprovoked and left the victim hospitalized with serious injuries.</p> Man gets prison sentence for 2017 RTD assault https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/man-gets-prison-sentence-2017-rtd-assault <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/richard_mathis.jpg" alt="Richard Allen Mathis" title="Richard Allen Mathis" align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> The man who bit off a piece of an RTD bus driver&rsquo;s ear outside of Southwest Plaza in early 2017 will spend 20 years in prison.</p> <p> Richard Allen Mathis, 40, was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault on Aug. 18. Jefferson County Judge Diego Hunt called the assault &ndash; Mathis&rsquo; fourth felony conviction &ndash; &ldquo;savage&rdquo; during the sentencing hearing.</p> Crime briefs https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/crime-briefs-0 <p> <strong>O&rsquo;Connor jury trial postponed</strong></p> <p> The jury trial for the man accused of causing an August 2017 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist has been postponed while the defendant undergoes a &ldquo;mental condition evaluation,&rdquo; according to the Jefferson County District Attorney&rsquo;s Office.</p>