Today's News

  • Assessments explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.

  • Take a hike: Observing trail etiquette is important for all users

    Within my first month of living in Colorado, I learned the hard way how to use trails properly and politely. And as more and more visitors flock to Colorado — some of those using local trails might be novices.

    Public parks are wonderful things, and open to all. Everyone should be able to feel comfortable using the trails, no matter their type of recreation. So below are some trail etiquette tips that I’ve compiled with the help of Jeffco Open Space.

    For pedestrians

  • Chorale kicks off season with 'My Fair Lady'

    The Evergreen Chorale is kicking off its 44th season Friday with the Lerner and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady.”

    The show’s director, Tim Kennedy of Westminster, said performances will run until Oct. 9. The production includes 33 cast members, 10 crew members and nine orchestra players. The run time is a little over two-and-a-half hours, he said.

  • Stair climb honors fallen from 9/11

    Today’s high school freshmen weren’t yet born on Sept. 11, 2001. The youngsters climbed anyway.

    Many who attended Sunday weren’t in New York, Washington or Pennsylvania on that horrific day, and don’t know anyone who was. And still they climbed.

    Some participants weren’t firefighters and didn’t have any connection to first responders. And yet they climbed as well.

  • Big crowds, big fun at Big Chili

    Each pot of chili told a different story. Some were old family recipes. Some were experiments with new recipes. Some had a kick that made eyes water; others evinced a sweeter side. There were pots of green and red; pork, beef, chicken and vegetarian. Each batch as diverse as the individuals who made and served it.

    Saturday’s Big Chili Cook-off at Buchanan Park drew thousands of people to spend the day outside listening to music, eating chili, and supporting six mountain area fire departments.

  • Area author stays true to himself to publish book 18 years later

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Jeffco resident Mike Foster wrote the novel “This Above All” in a “fury of inspiration.”

    That was 18 years ago. He published the book this summer.

    Foster had experience writing research-based, nonfiction books and working with publishers. But he came up empty shopping around for a publisher to print this novel.

  • It’s important for foothills residents to be bear-responsible

    (Reprinted from Sept. 15, 2010)

    Bears have been particularly plentiful this summer and will continue to be until about the first of November when snow and cold weather will send them into hibernation.

    We have had a female with three cubs roaming around Herzman’s Mesa most of the summer. This is a dangerous situation, and we need to do everything we can do to avoid human contact with these bears.

  • Mountain Bowls fund-raiser gears up for eighth year

    It’s time to set free your inner artist as area residents paint bowls for the eighth annual Mountain Bowls fund-raiser for the Mountain Resource Center.

    The bowls will become gifts at the meals to thank participants for helping provide food for area families in need.

    MRC officials hope more than 200 bowls will be painted between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to decorate a bowl. More than 400 bowls are already prepared for the event, now in its eighth year.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into Aspen Peak Cellars

    A tractor-trailer crashed into a Bailey winery early Tuesday morning, rendering the building a total loss.

    According to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid, a truck carrying bottled water was traveling south on U.S. 285 and failed to negotiate the turn at Crow Hill. It crossed the northbound lane and slammed into Aspen Peak Cellars just after midnight.

  • Students honor local heroes on 9/11 anniversary

    Children at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were challenged on Monday to be first responders in their own lives by performing acts of kindness, caring for one another and reaching out to neighbors.

    Principal Peggy Miller — as part of the annual Hero Day ceremony — also explained to students in preschool through second grade about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in age-appropriate terms and reminded them of local heroes who keep them safe.