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Today's News

  • Defensive pressure turns game Chatfield’s way

    DENVER — Anthony Shoeboot wouldn’t take credit for his play on defense. The Chatfield senior figures he was just one part of the equation. But his guarding of Mullen’s inbound play certainly played havoc on the Mustangs during their Dec. 8 game at Hutchison Field House.
    Chatfield’s full-court pressure defense ignited a half-closing 12-4 run, and the Chargers never trailed again in an 86-67 victory.

  • Power play proves vital for Chargers

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    If you were at the concession stand a little too long, you probably missed it.
    Chatfield scored four goals in the first five minutes of the second period to turn a 1-1 tie into a comfortable lead over Dakota Ridge on Dec. 9 at the Edge Ice Arena. The teams were even the rest of the way, but the damage was done as the Chargers came away with a 7-3 victory over the Eagles.

  • The gym goes Zen: FitClub Columbine opens state-of-the-art facility in Littleton

    The first thing visitors will notice when they walk into Koko FitClub Columbine is the absence of pumping, loud music and the lack of mirrors. Instead, visitors are greeting with quiet pop music, serene colors and gentle lighting.

    “It’s the world’s first and only automated personal training studio,” Koko FitClub owner Alex Keller said. “It’s a fusion of technology and exercise and makes exercise accessible for people who have trouble, for different reasons, maintaining an exercise program.”

  • Library will draw on reserve funds again in 2013

    Jeffco libraries will maintain their level of services in 2013 despite another revenue shortfall, a half-dozen mountain-area residents learned on Saturday.

    The $430,000 shortfall is a result of fewer property-tax dollars being collected and an increase in costs the library must pay the county, Pam Nissler, Jefferson County Public Library executive director, said during a community forum at Evergreen Library.

  • Harriman Lake Park to remain closed

    Residents will have to wait a few months more before they can use Harriman Lake Park, which has been closed since November 2011 for a project to rebuild the dam. 

    The park, at South Kipling Parkway and West Quincy Avenue, includes a 1.4-mile trail around the lake. Foothills Park & Recreation District has leased much of the park from Denver Water since 1995. Foothills has also leased 11 acres southwest of the lake from Jefferson County Open Space for 15 years.

  • Jeffco Library's Start with a Story program helps expand literacy initiative

    A story about a dancing monster can loom large in a child’s education.  

    That’s why Jamie Wolf sat before a group of preschoolers at Stony Creek Preschool last week, reading silly monster tales. She is one of a dozen volunteers who work with the Jefferson County Public Library’s new early literacy program, Start With a Story.

    “Children really love to use their imagination. I really love to see them get engrossed in the story,” Wolf said. 

  • Jefferson County commissioners approve 2013 budget

    Jefferson County will tighten its purse strings next year.

    The $468.3 million 2013 budget for Jefferson County, approved Dec. 4 by County Commissioners Donald Rosier and Faye Griffin with Commissioner John Odom absent, represents a 1.3 percent decrease over last year. 

    The adopted budget was $3.6 million less than what had been originally proposed for next year.

    To help balance the budget, the county is dipping into reserve funds to make up a $20.9 million shortfall, including a transfer of $3.4 million into the social services fund.   

  • Chatfield High School students stuff Christmas stockings for returning Fort Carson soldiers

    The Christmas stocking is a simple holiday tradition that can get lost in the grandeur and excess of modern holidays. In the mad dash to stack presents under the tree, stockings can be little more than an afterthought.

     

    Yet for the 253 servicemen and women who are arriving at Fort Carson this month from deployment in Afghanistan and Kuwait, getting one of the stockings stuffed by students at Chatfield High School means they’re not alone on Christmas.

  • Drug ring operating in Jefferson County busted

    An interstate amphetamine and cocaine ring selling drugs in Jefferson County has been broken up after a seven-month investigation by Colorado law enforcement agencies.

    The investigation, named Operation Blood Sport, led to the arrests of 10 suspects Dec. 6 in the Denver area. Throughout the course of the investigation, authorities seized four handguns; 13 pounds of meth valued at $150,000 to $200,000; 3 kilograms of cocaine valued at $96,000; and an unknown amount of cash.

  • Arne earns Eagle Scout rank

    Joshua Arne, a member of Boy Scout Troop 640 in Littleton, earned his Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 24.

    To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Joshua earned 22 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. He completed a community service project, building two raised flower beds at Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow in Scouts and the Denver Zoo Boy Scouts Explorer program.