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Today's News

  • Baylor’s Kloack tackles first 5K

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier
    This year’s edition of the Elk Meadow 5K/10K was not your ordinary run for Carly Kloack of Parker. The June 28 event served as the Baylor University lacrosse athlete’s first 5K, and despite finishing 11th overall in a field of 32 runners — 52 runners competed in the 10K portion — Kloack was all smiles as she crossed the finish line in 32 minutes, 20 seconds.

  • Friedberg uses ultra as a tune-up

    PINE — Michael Friedberg had two primary reasons for running in the fifth annual North Fork 50 ultramarathon. First, he decided to give it a whirl after talking to previous competitors who complimented the 50-mile race. Two, it was a training session of sorts.

  • Red-winged blackbirds are earliest spring arrivals

    Below my window is the roof of two buildings and two large paved parking lots that were scraped flat out of the hillside. Because of our hard rains, these are drained away to prevent puddling.

  • Lower speed limit needed near dog park
  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote on budget

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.

  • School board approves 2014-15 budget

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 last Thursday to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget — a $1 billion spending plan that increases teachers’ salaries and funding for charter schools.

    Teachers, who have not had a pay increase in four years, will benefit from the $4.8 million earmarked for salary increases, which will equate to an average 2.5 percent raise per teacher.

  • A starry night at Staunton State Park

    Amateur astronomers were treated to views of Mars, Saturn and the International Space Station last Saturday at Staunton State Park.

    Pam Little, astronomer and assistant director of the Evergreen Nature Center, led more than 20 attendees in a viewing of the night sky. Little handed out materials and showed everyone how to make a star clock.

  • Forest Service: Closing areas to shooting is sound recreational management

    A plan to close a 400,000-acre zone of land in the foothills to recreational shooting would help the U.S. Forest Service manage the sport the way it does other recreation on public lands, according to an official.

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Shrader captured 61.6 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 38.3 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Paraglider dies in crash on Lookout Mountain

     A paraglider crash June 20 on Lookout Mountain left one man dead.

    The unidentified victim was one of two paragliders to take off last Friday afternoon. The second paraglider landed safely.

    The Jeffco sheriff’s Twitter page said there were multiple witnesses to the crash. Originally the Sheriff’s Office said it was a hang-glider that crashed.

    Paragliding is similar to hang-gliding but uses a soft, parachute-like wing to glide, while hang gliders have a rigid frame.