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Today's News

  • Jefferson County district attorney on a crusade against sexting

    Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir is on a crusade to end sexting.

    He will get on his soapbox, as he puts it, with anyone who’ll listen to advice on stopping teenagers from sending naked photos of themselves to one another.

    Sexting was in the news recently thanks to a scandal in Cañon City Schools that involved 100 students. Some were suspended, and others could face felony charges because sexting in Colorado is considered sexual exploitation of a child, a class 3 felony.

  • Life after Pachner

    DENVER — Mark it on your calendar: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School’s gym will be standing room only Jan. 28.

    That night Class 4A Jeffco League rival Valor Christian and first-year head coach Troy Pachner will descend on the Jaguars’ home court. It will be a homecoming for Pachner, who coached D’Evelyn for 17 years before leaving last spring to take over the boys hoops program at Valor in Highlands Ranch.

  • Rebels plow into football state semifinals

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s vaunted rushing attack put on its version of downhill skis Nov. 20 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • Prisoner in Jeffco jail commits suicide

    An inmate at the Jeffco jail committed suicide Thursday night in his cell.

    Harley Jefferson Smith, 32, was found hanging by a bed sheet at 6 p.m. by deputies during their rounds, according to the Sheriff's Office.

    Deputies administered CPR, but Smith was declared dead at 6:40 p.m. at the jail. Smith had been booked into the jail on traffic charges on Thursday about noon.

  • Bemis exhibit promotes women artists
  • Falcon Bluffs teacher inspires students’ quest for fitness

    Allyn Atadero has got the kids at Falcon Bluffs Middle School moving.

    Atadero, a physical education teacher at the South Jeffco school, was named the Colorado middle school P.E. teacher of the year by SHAPE Colorado. He was nominated by Jeffco Public Schools in part for his SPARK FITStep program, in which students use pedometers to track physical activity in gym class.

  • Audience members sift clues to find bad actor

    Even with a room full of amateur detectives on the case, the culprit almost got away with murder.

    Littleton’s Bemis Library hosted “Murder in the Stacks” on Friday, an evening of mystery and comedy with the Thornton-based Creative Revolution Theatre Company. The audience of more than 50 analyzed clues, grilled the suspects and worked together to solve a murder mystery.

  • Quick Hits

    D’Evelyn falls in first round

    D’Evelyn couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead in its Class 3A first-round playoff game Nov. 14 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. The Jaguars lost to No. 5 seed Palisade 35-21. D’Evelyn (7-4 record) held a 14-6 lead at halftime, but the Bulldogs used a 23-point fourth quarter to advance to te 3A quarterfinals.

  • First-half disaster dooms Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — If there were a reset button in the locker room at Jeffco Stadium, there is no doubt Dakota Ridge coach Ron Woitalewicz would have pounded it as hard as he could at halftime Nov. 13.

    The Eagles found themselves in a deep hole after 24 minutes of play in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament. No. 11 seed Palmer Ridge held a 39-14 advantage over No. 6 Dakota Ridge.

  • Chatfield unable to capitalize on second chance

    DENVER — Chatfield volleyball coach Stephanie Schick circled her somber team together in a back hallway of the Denver Coliseum on Nov. 14. 

    The Chargers had to come to grips that their promising run to a possible Class 5A volleyball state championship was over. Coronado bounced the top-seed in the tournament in a one-set tiebreaker Saturday afternoon.

    “I feel like we didn’t have enough fire to go on a run and keep pushing,” Chatfield sophomore Breanna Jones said after the season-ending loss.