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Today's News

  • Sergeant remembered for sense of duty — and humor

    Sean Renfro built a reputation as a person of character who valued his family, faith and his duty as a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

    But it was Renfro’s sense of humor and his smile that defined him, according to friends and family who spoke at his funeral Monday at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada.

  • Prisoner at Jeffco jail hangs himself

    The death of an inmate at the Jefferson County jail last week has been ruled a suicide. 

    The inmate, 45-year-old Joseph Eugene Martinez, was found by his cellmate hanging in his cell last Thursday afternoon. Deputies immediately performed CPR, but Martinez was pronounced dead about 4 p.m., said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer. 

  • Some roads to close Monday for Renfro funeral procession

    Some roads in Conifer and Marshdale will be closed early Monday afternoon for the funeral procession for the Jeffco sheriff's sergeant killed by a car Jan. 3 while helping stranded motorists.

    Sgt. Sean Renfro, a 15-year veteran of the department and a Conifer resident, was off duty when he pulled over at the accident scene on southbound U.S. 285 near Windy Point during a severe snowstorm. He is survived by his wife and four children.

  • Open enrollment begins in Jeffco schools

    Jeffco parents who want to enroll their children in district schools other than their neighborhood school in 2015-16 can begin the enrollment process Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to a district press release.

    Accepted placement depends on classrooms’ available space.

    The district’s first round of choice enrollment will run from Jan. 7 to Jan. 30. A second round — based on a first-come, first-served basis - will run from Feb. 13 to Aug. 31.

    Out-of-district students may also enroll in any Jeffco school that has the space.

  • School district contracts with online therapy provider

    Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are hard to find in Colorado and even harder to recruit with a cash-strapped budget. 

    To address shortages, Jeffco Public Schools will begin outsourcing some of those services starting this month.

    San Francisco-based PresenceLearning will begin providing physical, occupational and speech language therapy to Jeffco kids via teleconferencing under a $267,300 contract approved by the school board in December. 

  • Townsend’s solitaires enjoy feasting on cedar berries

    If you are lucky enough to have a cedar or juniper tree in your yard that has a good crop of blue berries, then you are likely to have winter birds coming to the feast. The small tree that for years has been known as the Rocky Mountain juniper now seems to be called a cedar and has me as well as many other confused.

  • EHS leaning on veteran skiers to carry the team to a top-3 finish

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Evergreen’s youthful 2014 ski team has grown up. The program, in general, has grown. Both developments bode well for the Cougars in 2015 and beyond.

  • Kisiel’s 35 points help Bahl earn bragging rights

    ARVADA — Amy Bahl didn’t have to look far to see a familiar face. Her father-in-law, Joe Bahl, was coaching on the opposite sideline. The Jan. 3 game was the first of a home-and-home between Evergreen’s girls basketball team and host Arvada West.

    Evergreen’s third-year coach also saw junior post Sam Kisiel have the best scoring game of her career. The 5-foot-11 Kisiel lit up Arvada West in the low post, scoring a career-high 35 points in the Lady Cougars’ 52-35 non-conference victory.

  • Youngsters carve out a good time during sculpture hunt

    Clues and questions in hand, groups of youngsters spent time recently roaming through Evergreen in search of sculptures in a scavenger hunt sponsored by Sculpture Evergreen.

    While looking in various places, the youngsters discovered three-dimensional creations that appealed to them and were fun to see.

  • A worthy goal

    While on the ice at Evergreen Lake on New Year’s Eve, Arvada resident Guy Kennedy and his wife, Kim, got a big surprise. Friends and former teammates who are members of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation presented the couple with a $10,140 check to assist with a health crisis in their family.