https://www.columbinecourier.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A tip of the Hatz: D’Evelyn senior, Paralympian making a name for herself https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/tip-hatz-d%E2%80%99evelyn-senior-paralympian-making-name-herself <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-beatrizhatz02-sh-122618_i0a2753.jpg" alt="Beatriz Hatz swaps her walking leg for the one she uses to run outside of D&#039;Evelyn. " title="Beatriz Hatz swaps her walking leg for the one she uses to run outside of D&#039;Evelyn. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> On a windy December day, Beatriz Hatz braved the cold to change into her royal blue Team USA uniform. Within minutes, she was flying down the track at D&rsquo;Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School.</p> <p> This is typical of Beatriz. Nothing &mdash; not cold temperatures or naysayers or a below-the-knee amputation &mdash; can hold her back. Just look at a photo of Beatriz running or watch her competing in a meet; the pure tenacity is palpable.</p> Drumming up the sun: Crowd rings in winter solstice at Red Rocks https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/drumming-sun-crowd-rings-winter-solstice-red-rocks <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/news-wintersolstice01-sh-122618_i0a2958.jpg" alt="People gathered at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Friday morning to usher in the sunrise." title="People gathered at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Friday morning to usher in the sunrise." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A fiery sunrise blanketed the towering monoliths at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in a warm bath of light on Friday morning.</p> <p> But prior to the rising of the sun, a crowd gathered in the pitch black to celebrate the winter solstice and welcome in the light that starts the shortest day of the year. As the sun made its slow ascent, the sound of drum music and joyful chants and cheers echoed through the amphitheater. People danced, embraced and shared in the bliss of the sun.</p> The man who can do it all:DeArment capitalizes on academics, athletics https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/man-who-can-do-it-alldearment-capitalizes-academics-athletics <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-logandearment01-sh-122618gc4_8824.jpg" alt="Columbine senior Logan DeArment (third from left) laughs alongside his teammates during CHSAA’s high school football media day at the Broncos training facility in Dove Valley on Aug. 17. DeArment led his team to its third 5A semifinal playoff appearance in four years this season." title="Columbine senior Logan DeArment (third from left) laughs alongside his teammates during CHSAA’s high school football media day at the Broncos training facility in Dove Valley on Aug. 17. DeArment led his team to its third 5A semifinal playoff appearance in four years this season." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Logan DeArment is the student-athlete who seems like he plays everything at Columbine.</p> <p> Whether he&rsquo;s leading his football team deep into the 5A state playoffs, directing the offense on the basketball court or stopping line drives in the diamond, DeArment has always been an all-around competitor for his Rebel brethren.</p> The musical athlete: Jaguars’ Izzy Lopez struts strength on the court, in the classroom and in the marching band https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/musical-athlete-jaguars%E2%80%99-izzy-lopez-struts-strength-court-classroom-and-marching-band <img src="https://www.columbinecourier.com/sites/www.columbinecourier.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sports-izzylopez01-sh-122618.jpg" alt="Izzy Lopez poses for a photo at D’Evelyn High School." title="Izzy Lopez poses for a photo at D’Evelyn High School." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> She may be small, but D&rsquo;Evelyn senior Izzy Lopez has become a workhorse with a big heart that her basketball coach, Chris Olson, has come to rely on.</p> <p> Lopez serves as the Jaguars&rsquo; (7-1 record so far this year) captain, shooting guard and forward as she boons her team as one of its best three-point shooters and rebounders. And, no, it&rsquo;s not because she has major hops.</p> Note to our readers https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/note-our-readers <p> Morrison approves state highway annexation https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/morrison-approves-state-highway-annexation <p> Morrison Town Board approved a &ldquo;clean-up annexation&rdquo; to include a small portion of state Highway 8 into Morrison town limits and provide jurisdictional clarity.</p> <p> The project, which has been in the works since 2006, covers the space from the new Town of Morrison sign by Ozzi&rsquo;s and moves east toward C-470 and the Phillips 66 gas station, which was formerly a Conoco. It includes the roadway and the bicycle path.</p> <p> The addition is logical, considering most assume the area already is within Morrison&rsquo;s jurisdiction.</p> Jeffco Public Schools conducting transportation survey https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-public-schools-conducting-transportation-survey <p> Jeffco Public Schools is exploring district transportation, and in doing so, plans to examine ways to increase bus ridership in the district and to decrease the number of bus accidents and breakdowns.</p> <p> The district transportation department is conducting a survey among parents regarding bus ridership fees and more. The goal is to gauge interest and insight, and from there, the district will likely form focus groups to further delve into the issue. Depending on results, it may devise a plan to meet one or both of the transportation goals.</p> Jeffco briefs https://www.columbinecourier.com/content/jeffco-briefs-0 <p> <strong>Jeffco Head Start looks to increase services</strong></p> <p> Jefferson County Head Start is seeking approval from the Jeffco commissioners to receive additional funding from the Office of Head Start in order to increase more of its services from half day to full day.</p>