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Today's News

  • Quick Hits

    Swim season wraps up

    South Jeffco-area girls swim teams competed at the Class 5A state meet Feb. 12 and 13 at EPIC in Fort Collins.

    Chatfield had the strongest showing of any 5A Jeffco team. The Chargers finished in a three-way tie for 18th place. Junior Jenelle Crozier placed 10th in the 1-meter diving event. Junior Payton Wayment placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle final. The Chargers’ 200 freestyle relay team took 13th and 400 freestyle relay team placed 15th.

  • Chargers break out the confetti

    LITTLETON — This type of game was the reason why Riley Welch wanted to return to Chatfield High School to finish out his prep basketball career.

    The Chargers all but officially clinched the Class 5A Jeffco League boys basketball title Feb. 10 with a 68-58 home victory over rival Dakota Ridge. Chatfield (19-2, 12-0 in league) took a two-game lead over the Eagles (14-7, 10-2) with three games remaining.

  • Mother of Columbine gunman grants interview to ABC

    For the first time since the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, Sue Klebold, mother of student gunman Dylan Klebold, has spoken publicly about the killings and about her son.

    In a wide-ranging interview aired Friday on ABC's "20/20," Klebold said she was unaware that her son and his friend Eric Harris were plotting the massacre or were stockpiling guns and pipe bombs.

  • Feds scrap plan to house immigrant kids in Lakewood

    The federal government has abandoned plans to convert parts of a Lakewood office building to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, citing both time and money challenges.

    The Administration of Children and Families had planned to use the Government Services Administration building at the Denver Federal Center as temporary housing for children in a program for minors who arrived in the U.S. without a parent or adult family member. The agency initially said the facility would be ready by April.

  • Jeffco playing hardball with Comcast over contract update

    Jeffco is threatening to take away Comcast’s access to its cable lines in the county unless an agreement is finalized on changing the company’s fee structure for use of public right of way.  

  • COUNTY BRIEFS

    School board approves Virtual Academy shift

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously last Thursday to allow Arvada-based Two Roads Charter School to take over several elementary-level grades from Jeffco Virtual Academy, which is based in Lakewood.

  • Polar Dip benefits wounded Denver officer

    Jea King, 73, was among warm-hearted people who jumped into chilly lake waters at the Grant Ranch Village Center on Saturday for a good cause. King and about 20 others who participated in the Polar Dip were raising funds for Tony Lopez Jr., a Denver police officer who was injured in the line of duty in December.

    “I wouldn’t do this for fun,” King said. “It only takes five minutes out of my life. I can do that.”

  • Property-tax bills leaving Jeffco residents with ‘sticker shock’

    Jeffco residents are seeing hefty increases on property-tax statements from Jefferson County.

    This year residents will pay more in property taxes for their homes and condos than they did in 2015 because of the increased value of their properties, said County Assessor Ron Sandstrom.

    In 2015, the value of single-family homes in Jefferson County increased by an average of 20 percent, Sandstrom said. And the value of condos went up about 35 percent and more, he added.

  • Building a stairway to the tracks

    A project to build a stairway leading to views of rarely seen dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Ridge has received support through a $20,000 grant recommended by Jeffco Open Space.

    The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge requested the grant, which is being awarded through the state's Conservation Trust Fund.

    The stairway will let visitors closely observe a set of Iguanodontid tracks that are in the bottom of an ancient Cretaceous tidal channel that is about 100 million years old, said Kermit Shields of the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge.

  • Lifelong friends compiling history of Columbine area

    Lifelong friends Chuck Hause and Lou Fohn grew up in Columbine in an era when wheat grew on area farms and coal from mines near West Coal Mine Avenue heated homes.

    As a young man, Fohn learned to fly an airplane at the former Columbine Airport on West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Hause remembers when there was only a convenience store in the area to buy gasoline and groceries without making the drive to downtown Littleton.