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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge brings out bats, wins regionals

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    When the hits come, the runs come. And when the runs come, they come in bunches for the Dakota Ridge softball team.
    The Lady Eagles advanced to the 5A state tournament with three big innings in an 18-0 win over Northglenn and an 8-1 win over Grandview on Oct. 13 in the Region 8 tournament at Columbine High School.

  • Delay worth wait for Chatfield

    ARVADA — Five outs. That’s all the Chatfield Lady Chargers needed Oct. 14 at Youth Memorial Sports Complex to completely erase a 2011 meltdown in the 5A regionals.
    But just like last year is a distant memory of the past, Chatfield moved on from a rain delay one day earlier that suspended the finish of its 5A Region 5 championship game with Grand Junction. The Lady Chargers’ focus was solely on finishing a job that they had started 24 hours earlier.

  • Ballots arriving in the mail this week

     There are multiple ways to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. In addition to Election Day precinct polling places, there will be mail-in voting and early voting.

    Early voting is available from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 in the Department of Motor Vehicle locations and Jeffco public libraries listed below.

    To register to vote, visit one of the DMV voter service centers listed below. Or, to register online, visit www.GoVoteColorado.

  • Not-so-great debates

    Another low turnout by Republican candidates at an election forum last week again denied South Jeffco voters the chance to hear political rivals contrast their views at the same venue.

    So far this campaign season, face-to-face meetings have been few in two key South Jeffco races for the state legislature: Republican Justin Everett versus Democrat Mary Parker in House District 22, and Democrat Andy Kerr versus Republican Ken Summers in Senate District 25.  

  • DeGette, Stroud face off at forum

    The two candidates vying to represent South Jeffco in Congress met at a nonpartisan candidate forum sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women on Oct. 9.

    Incumbent Diana DeGette was first elected in the heavily Democratic 1st District in 1996 and has won re-election every other year since. But with congressional redistricting last year, DeGette’s territory now includes the decidedly less liberal areas of South Jeffco.

  • League forum focuses on HD 25

     A face-off between Democrat Lorna Idol and Republican Cheri Gerou, two candidates in state House District 25, inadvertently turned out to be the featured event at the League of Women Voters’ candidates forum on Oct. 11 at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Columbine Hills.

    Mary Parker, a Democrat, also made her case to be the state representative from House District 22, which covers most of the unincorporated South Jeffco/Columbine area. However, Parker’s chief opponent, Republican Justin Everett, was at a family wedding.

  • County expects flat revenue in 2013

    Jefferson County’s draft budget for 2013 is defined by a flat revenue picture on the one hand and increasing demands for human services and major capital projects on the other.

    The bottom line is, the proposed budget cuts so deeply into reserves that the cushion will be nearly exhausted, so eventually cuts will have to be made, said County Commissioner Don Rosier.

  • Scary superstore gears up for Halloween

    In 1968, two boys fishing at a Littleton watering hole snagged an old shopping cart. To their pre-teen imaginations, it looked like part of an amusement-park ride.

    The cart soon became the foundation of a basement-based haunted house that the boys created out of a plaster skull they got from their older brother, a footlocker for a coffin, bedding hanging from the rafters, string, and other props found around the house.

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Peters leads Dakota Ridge to 5A Jeffco League championship
    LAKEWOOD
    — Kristyn Peters went 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBIs as Dakota Ridge capped its regular season with a 16-0 shutout of host Lakewood on Oct. 4.
    The win was the Lady Eagles’ sixth straight and earned Dakota Ridge the 5A Jeffco League title with a 7-1 league mark. Dakota Ridge (17-2) shared the title with Arvada West, but won out due to its head-to-head victory over the Lady Wildcats.

  • 5A regional softball capsule previews

    WHAT: 5A Region 8 tournament
    WHO: No. 2 Dakota Ridge (17-2) vs. No. 31 Northglenn (9-9); No. 15 Grandview (14-5) vs. No. 18 Horizon (11-8)
    WHEN: Oct. 13. Games at 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Columbine High School