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Today's News

  • Vance’s approach is paying off

    BROOMFIELD — The goal for Gillian Vance in 2015, according to Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew, is to win a 5A state girls golf championship, and she’s going to do what she can to push for it. 

    That included having a hitting and putting mat in her home so that she could train during the winter months.

    It’s helped because Vance won a second straight 5A Jeffco League tournament to open the 2015 season, posting a 2-under-par 70 on April 1 at Broadlands Golf Course. She won by four strokes over Zarena Brown of Pomona.

  • Rebels propelled by depth, youth

    LAKEWOOD — New faces are aplenty for the Columbine Lady Rebels with a first-year head coach in Sonorah Vinyard and a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on this year’s girls lacrosse team. 

    So there’s bound to be an adjustment period for all involved. But if the team’s 21-3 win over Conifer on April 2 at Trailblazer Stadium is any indication, there’s also a little team bonding going on.

  • At Red Rocks, hope and fellowship

    Hundreds lined the stairs leading to Red Rocks Amphitheatre as they waited for gates to open for the traditional Easter sunrise service at 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

    By the time 5 a.m. arrived, the park was inundated with thousands of worshipers making their pilgrimage in the predawn gloaming.

    The Easter services, put on by the Colorado Council of Churches, have been a tradition since 1947. The event now draws more than 10,000 people to the iconic amphitheater before the sun rises on the Christian holy day.

  • RTD’s drive for federal funding rolls through Littleton

    Users of public transit are being asked to stand up if they want to keep their seats on the bus.

    RTD parked its “Signature Bus” in downtown Littleton on Saturday to raise awareness of the need for long-term federal funding of public transit. Supporters signed the sides of the bus, which will take part in the Stand Up for Transportation Day parade in Denver on Thursday.

  • Panelists ponder coverage of racial issues

    • Was an NAACP office in Colorado Springs actually the target of a homemade bomb that was detonated in January, or was the explosion meant for a nearby tax preparer’s office?

    • Why was 5-year-old JonBenet Ramsey’s murder in 1996 covered in so much more detail than the rape and murder of a 9-year-old black girl two weeks later in a Chicago housing project?

  • Jeffco hoping to raise awareness of child abuse

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Jeffco’s Human Services Division wants to raise awareness about an issue that affects every community.

    Mary Berg, Jeffco’s deputy director of human services, said the county wants to inform community members about the tools available to help combat and prevent child abuse.

  • Summerset Festival already signing up exhibitors, vendors

    The Summerset Festival is months away, but the Foothills Foundation is already planning for one of South Jeffco’s signature events.

    The festival, which will be in its 31st year, is signing up vendors and exhibitors for the three-day event at Clement Park on Sept. 18-20. Lora Knowlton, head of the Foothills Foundation, said the event not only provides entertainment and fun for residents, it gives business owners an opportunity for face-to-face interactions in a digital world.

  • Jeffco schools could receive less money from state

    Proposed cuts by lawmakers in the K-12 portion of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2015-16 state budget could mean that Jeffco Public Schools receives $17.5 million less than anticipated.

    Hickenlooper’s funding plan would have provided the district $37 million in state funds; $17.2 million of that would have gone toward ongoing costs, while $19.8 million would have been earmarked for one-time expenditures.

  • Lobato family contemplating legal action

    The family of Jennifer Lobato, the prisoner who died in the Jeffco jail while awaiting medical attention, will wait for the completion of an investigation before deciding whether to take legal action.

    David Lane, the lawyer representing the Lobato family, said the family has been in contact with the Sheriff’s Office about the investigation and will wait until a coroner’s report is complete before deciding on their next step.

  • Fire guts two apartments, leaves several residents homeless

    A fire in an apartment complex in Littleton on Friday afternoon left several people homeless.

    The blaze broke out about noon at Verona Apartment Homes, 29831 W. Centennial Drive, just south of West Belleview Avenue and South Federal Boulevard.