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Today's News

  • Jeffco Safety Fair slated Saturday

    The Jeffco Safety Fair is aiming to be a one-stop shop for information and help in keeping county residents safe.

    The fair, on Saturday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, features fun activities designed for the entire family, said Jeffco district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. Even more than entertaining people, Russell said, the goal of the fair is to promote safe practices in every aspect of daily life.

  • Jeffco students’ TCAP scores improve

    Jeffco Public Schools continue to outperform the state in reading, math and science based on last year’s TCAP scores, which were released by the Colorado Department of Education last Thursday.

    “In math, we saw great gains with our Jeffco eighth- and ninth-graders, who gained three to four points in proficiency last year,” Jeffco chief academic officer Syna Morgan said in a news release. “Jeffco continued to outpace the state on the Colorado ACT scores … from 21.2 in 2013 to 21.5 in 2014.”

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    He didn’t hate it

  • Foothills poised to seek 53 percent tax increase

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is poised to ask residents for a 53 percent property-tax increase in November. 

    The district's Board of Directors will vote on ballot language for the 4-mill boost at its Aug. 26 meeting. The board unanimously supported the proposal at its July 22 meeting. 

    The increase would raise annual taxes by $95.52 for a $300,000 home in the district. The current mill levy is 7.559, which does not include special subdistricts; the owner of a $300,000 home would pay $276.03 annually if the increase is approved. 

  • Man dies after car plunges into Johnston Reservoir

    A 31-year-old Aurora man died after his car plunged into Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park early Monday.

    David Helding died from drowning according to the Jeffco Coroner's Office. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Littleton Hospital.

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Winkler, Chargers come out firing in season opener
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Winkler completed 11 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a TD pass to Taylor Lammers, as the Chatfield Chargers opened the 2014 season with a weather-shortened 24-14 victory over Everglades (Fla.) on Aug. 21.
    Sean O’Dell and Jake Carstensen combined to rush for 75 yards with Carstensen adding a TD run. Dalton Keene had 12 tackles, including 10 assists.

  • 2014 cross country capsule previews

    BOYS
    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Dirk Visser
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Runners to watch: David Blair, Soph.; Jerod Kuhn, Soph.; Daniel Lupo, Sr.; Bryce Rombach, Soph.; Max Sagrillo, Jr.; Justin Hinckley, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 29, Arapahoe Warrior Invite, DeKoevend Park, 4 p.m.

  • 2014 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coaches: Aimee Thomas, Marni Bilbrey, Nicole Lopez, Katrina Peterson, Paige Lopez
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 6-17 overall, 3-5 league
    Players to watch: Erin Singer, Jr., right-side hitter; Piper Wehrli, Jr., outside/right-side hitter
    Season opener: Aug. 26, vs. Smokey Hill. Results from the match weren’t available at press time.

  • Rebels fail to finish in stunning opening loss

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its season-opening football game against Fountain-Fort Carson trying to cope with the losses of speedy running back Bernard McDondle to graduation and quarterback Michael Tait, who is focusing on golf this season. The losses showed, as the Rebels’ struggled to finish drives in a 12-7 defeat on Aug. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    “We were our own worst enemy,” Columbine head coach Andy Lowry said. “We had some decent drives in the first half, we just couldn’t finish them.”