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Today's News

  • Column: Senior class leaves its mark in Chatfield lore

    DENVER — With his eyes welling up with tears, Joe Miks reflected back on just moments earlier, in Chatfield’s locker room after the Chargers’ 72-64 loss to ThunderRidge in the 5A Great Eight at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday night. Miks took off his game jersey likely for the final time.

    “Just taking off my jersey right there was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do,” an emotional Miks said. “This team means so much to me.”

  • Chargers run out of time in the 5A Great 8

    DENVER — Tears streamed down their cheeks, their voice cracked with every other word. For the Chatfield Chargers, Saturday night’s 72-64 loss to second-seeded ThunderRidge in the Great Eight of the 5A state boys’ basketball tournament was more than just a loss. It was the end of a two-year run that has seen the team dominate the Jeffco League and been one of the perennial powers in the state.

  • Inter-Canyon fire truck damaged while responding to wildland fire

    An Inter-Canyon Fire Department fire truck was damaged last week when it slid off an icy road while on a call.

    About 8 p.m. Feb. 28, firefighters responded to a wildland fire call on McKinney Road off South Deer Creek Canyon Road.

    Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad said the driver parked Engine 631 when he arrived. The truck at some point then slid backward about 100 yards on the snowy road and into the creek bed.

    The driver, whose name was not released, sustained no injures, but there was damage to the body and undercarriage of the fire engine.

  • Jeffco fire restrictions upgraded to stage 2

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has enacted a stage 2 fire ban because of dry, windy conditions.

    This ban, which is more stringent than the stage 1 ban in place since mid-February, prohibits the following:

    • Building, maintaining, attending or using any fire.

    • Recreational fires, including recreational campfires.

  • Man gets 12 years in firearms incident involving two Jeffco deputies

    A fleeing suspect who threatened two law officers with a gun in South Jeffco, then was shot, in December 2015 was sentenced last Thursday to a total of 12 years in prison.

    Michael Manaois, 39, pleaded guilty to felony charges of menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and second-degree assault of a peace officer, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

  • Parents complain of bullying at Westridge Elementary

    The families of several students at Westridge Elementary in South Jeffco are alleging that school administrators have failed to adequately address a bullying problem in the third grade gifted-and-talented class, including physical incidents that were later reported to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office. 

  • Dulcimer Festival hammers out musical connections

    The melodic sound of the hammered dulcimer echoes through the halls of St. James Presbyterian Church, floating toward the sanctuary to combine with the gentle strum of the mountain dulcimer.

    Though the two instruments technically have no relation outside of a shared name, both were celebrated at the 14th annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival. The event originated in Fort Collins but has since moved to Littleton.

  • Fun City demolition wraps up; health center construction begins

    A project three years in the making soon will come to fruition in South Jeffco as demolition of the former Fun City building wraps up and construction of a health center begins.

    Called the West Littleton Neighborhood Health Center, the $30 million project at West Coal Mine Avenue and South Kipling Street is expected to be completed in April 2018. It will be managed by Centura Health and the Larkin Group.

  • Breast cancer survivor teaching her sons to ‘stand up for something you believe in’

    A thick scar lines Tracey Randolph’s waistline, and two more adorn her breasts.

    The scars are forever a part of her, and Randolph isn’t afraid to show them.

    For the 44-year-old, the scars have come to represent much more than a victory over breast cancer. They serve as a constant reminder of her goal to spread awareness about the disease, her desire to maintain a positive outlook on life, and her fight for justice.

    A devastating diagnosis

  • Trainees fight fire with knowledge, hands-on experience

    The first snowy day in weeks did not dampen the training blaze at the West Metro Fire training center last Thursday.

    Six West Metro recruits, three Tri-Lakes Monument Fire recruits and 40 or more Red Rocks Community College fire science students received a lesson in fire behavior as three small buildings burned.