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Today's News

  • 2014 softball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Brooks Roybal
    Assistant coaches: Melissa Ryba, Jerry Nave, Jenny Branch, Anna Carpinello, Bryan Rodriguez
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 12-10, 3-5 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Carly Perry, Sr., SS; Madison Reuter, Sr., P; Shelby Copley, Sr., 1B
    Season opener: Aug. 21, vs. Douglas County, 4 p.m.

  • FRCS’ Roberts comfortable playing Wellshire

    DENVER — Jonathan Roberts likes playing at Wellshire Golf Club, and it showed Aug. 7 in the six-team 3A Mile High League tournament opener. The Front Range Christian junior carded a career-best 15-over-par 86 in the weather-delayed 2014 season debut.

    He shot a 45 on a grueling front nine before settling in for a 41 over the final nine holes to place eighth in a field of 24 golfers.

    “I was hoping to shoot right around what I got, so I’m pretty satisfied,” Roberts said.

  • 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.

  • Littleton teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on student

    A teacher at Euclid Middle School in Littleton was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

    Joel H. Fischer, 45, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student in 2009. Fischer teaches physical education at Euclid.
    Fischer was booked into the Arapahoe County jail on a $200,000 bond.

  • Two lanes of South Simms open at site of sinkhole

    A stretch of South Simms Street that has been closed since July due to a large sinkhole partially opened on Thursday. 

    Two lanes of the four-lane street are open, now that initial repairs beneath Simms are finished. The 400-square-foot sinkhole appeared June 25 near Ward Street after a metal culvert failed. 

  • Block party

    The train derailment was fraught with the potential for mayhem, as pizza and Ninja Turtles sailed through the air at Bemis Library.

    But it does help to have a contingent of dedicated hobbyists on hand to pick up the pieces — and snap them back together.

    The library on Saturday hosted the creations of the Denver Lego Users’ Group and the Colorado/Wyoming Lego Users’ Group, whose members had spent hours the night before assembling a massive Lego city, complete with operating trains, a working carousel, Batman and at least a few aliens. 

  • Caps and trade

    Several a-fungi-anados gathered at Flying J Ranch last Friday morning to learn about mushrooms in the mountain area of Jefferson County.

    “We have between 2,000 and 3,000 mushroom species just in this area,” said Mary Beth Carpenter, a volunteer with the Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

    About a dozen people showed up for “Beyond Pizza: What Everyone Should Know About Mushrooms.” Carpenter led the talk on families of fungus.

  • MacBean's purchases: a breathtaking spending spree

    After former Inter-Canyon fire chief David MacBean was sentenced to eight years in prison for theft, current chief Randy Simpson said he and the department had been waiting a long time for the day of reckoning.

    “It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” Simpson said outside the courtroom Friday evening. “This has been 19 months of hard work. I never expected to be in this position.”

    Simpson became volunteer chief in April after MacBean’s theft of more than $647,000 from the department surfaced in March 2013.

  • High temps dangerous for dogs on hikes

    Two dogs have died and eight more with heat-stroke symptoms have been evacuated so far this summer in Jefferson County Open Space parks.

    In most of the cases, county officials found out about the dogs when owners called the non-emergency Jeffco sheriff’s dispatch number to ask for help, said Mary Ann Bonnell, the visitor services supervisor who also oversees the county's park ranger program. Jeffco officials do not release names of dead or injured pets or their owners.

  • 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.