Today's News

  • Conifer baseball ends great season at regional tourney

    By Anthony Sandstrom

    For the Courier

    PUEBLO — What’s more important for a high school student-athlete? Is it the student or the athlete?

    Usually, the answer is both. But last weekend, as the Conifer baseball team traveled to Pueblo West for the 4A Region 1 Tournament, it was forced to choose.

    With Conifer’s graduation and the regional tournament both taking place Saturday, the ultimate answer for the Lobos was “student.”

  • Evergreen baseball stays strong in loss to Silver Creek

    Through an up and down season for Evergreen baseball, the Cougars found a way to stay strong, play their game and make a run into the postseason.

    On Saturday morning at Silver Creek, Evergreen’s season ended with an 8-2 loss to the Raptors in the first round of the Quadrant C Regional tournament.

    The Cougars finished the season 14-10 and just snuck into the postseason as the No. 31 overall seed in 4A. Only the top 32 teams made it to regionals.

  • Columbine’s Olson wins 3rd 100-back

    Not many high school swimmers can do what Columbine’s Gavin Olson just did. At the 5A state swim meet over the weekend, he won the individual state title in the 100-yard backstroke for the third year in a row.

    The senior’s time of 48.22 seconds won the race by nearly a second over Ralston Valley’s Nicholas Fox, who had been chasing him all year. Clearly, he never managed to catch up.

  • Rohrer: Change the rules for fairness not politics

    Most of us who watched the Kentucky Derby probably were sad to see the winner was determined by a technicality. It seems that the world of sports is stuck with lots of instant, or not so instant, replays.

    Following the rules often takes a super slow-mo replay viewed from every possible angle.

  • Romberg: A spirited legislative session

    The Colorado General Assembly adjourned May 3 after a session that was controversial and combative and that resulted in both successes and disappointments for Democrats who used their newfound control of both the House and Senate to pursue an aggressive agenda.

  • Greene: Can bears survive us?

    Colorado Parks & Wildlife manager Joe Walters had a simple answer when asked to identify the most difficult part of his job during the winter months.

    “Trying to get people to stop feeding deer,” he answered.

    People’s deer treat of choice — corn — is indigestible for the animal, causing an excruciating condition called “lactic acidosis.”

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  • Jeffco Schools, county seek ways to help students succeed

    School administrators agreed that safety and mental health resources and interventions go hand in hand in schools today more than some people might think.

  • Kapande thankful, especially this year on Mother’s Day

    Heather Kapande feels lucky, especially this Mother’s Day, because she has two wonderful sons.

    Both of them — Dane, 20, and Troy, 15 — have escaped dangerous situations in their young lives. Kapande wishes she were a superhero who had ways to keep them safe.

    Troy is a student at STEM School in Highlands Ranch. Luckily for the family, Troy was home on May 7 when two shooters entered the school, killing one and injuring eight.

  • West Jeff Middle musicians perform original composition ‘The Ripple Effect’

    Eighth-grade musicians at West Jefferson Middle School started a ripple effect of their own on May 8 when they debuted a composition for band and orchestra that they had a role in creating.

    “The Ripple Effect” was composed by Dr. Mischa Zupko from Chicago, and he has spent the last 16 months working with the students to create the five-minute work. Students decided they wanted the piece to be about kindness, and they created some of the melodies that Zupko incorporated into the piece.