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Today's News

  • Rebels escape Falcons’ late charge

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Andy Lowry most likely added a few gray hairs. He, for certain, had to have some sort of momentary health scare.

    “I think my heart skipped about 10 beats, that’s for sure,” Lowry said.

    That’s playoff football for you, and the Columbine Rebels and Highlands Ranch Falcons played it down to the wire and more so on Nov. 11 at Shea Stadium.

  • Chatfield fought until the end

    DENVER — If there’s a word that exemplifies the Chatfield Lady Chargers, it’s resilient. No matter how far they’re down, there’s never a look of despair. They’re always smiling. 

    And if you give them another chance. there’s a good possibility they’ll make it count. They don’t quit.

  • D’Evelyn High marching band hits another high note

    For the sixth year, the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School marching band took first place in the 2A state competition.

    But unlike years past, this win felt less certain for the 53-member band as they went into the final round of competition as the third seed.

    “I was pretty pessimistic going into it. I didn’t think we were going to win,” said Brennan Reeves, a senior percussionist.

    Junior mellophone player Selma Shepherd agreed, calling it “a tight competition.”

  • D’Evelyn principal arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

    The principal of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of domestic violence and has been placed on leave from his position at the school.

    Anthony Edwards, 36, faces misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and domestic violence, said Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jenny Fulton.

    Sheriff’s officers were called to Edwards’ South Jeffco home about midnight Wednesday.

  • Variety of services available to victims of domestic violence

    Editor’s note: This is one installment in a multi-part series exploring the issue of domestic violence in recognition of National Domestic Violence Month, which was observed in October.

    For every domestic violence crime that’s reported, countless others aren’t — but they don’t go unnoticed. 

  • School board approves $20,000 in performance pay for McMinimee

    The Jeffco school board has approved $20,000 in performance-based bonuses for Superintendent Dan McMinimee for his achievements during the 2015-16 year.

    Announced at the school board’s regular meeting Nov. 3, the decision comes after a presentation by McMinimee at a special meeting of the board Oct. 20, during which he gave his thoughts on whether he had adequately achieved goals set a year before.

  • A call to action

    From across the gym at CrossFit Watchtower in Englewood, the shadow of a wheelchair is visible.

    David Ortiz of South Jeffco rolls out of the shadows and into the harsh light of the gym, weaving in and out of kettlebells and barbells to grab weights of his own.

    Pull-ups, push-ups, kettlebell swings, free weights — Ortiz does it all.

    The 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran became a T-10 paraplegic after a helicopter crash in June 2012 while overseas in Afghanistan.

  • ‘Top responder’ retires from Inter-Canyon

    After 33 years of service, volunteer firefighter Mark Bigler is bidding farewell to the Inter-Canyon Fire Department.

    Bigler, who joined the department in 1983, first saw firefighting as a way to give back to the foothills community. But ultimately the gig helped him feel at home in an area where it can be tough to meet new people.

  • Dia de Los Muertos

    “How many of you know ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes?’ ” librarian Nora Stewart asked a dozen kids who attended a special Day of the Dead celebration at the Columbine Library on Oct. 26.

    Smiles and icing covered the eager faces as they nodded their heads and waved their arms in confirmation.

    Stewart then proceeded to teach the children the familiar song in Spanish. All stood, touching their heads and repeating the words after Stewart.

  • Veteran worked behind scenes to support comrades

    William Witt never saw the front lines.

    But because of that, the 92-year-old World War II veteran says, he’s still here to recount the stories of his time spent in the South Pacific.

    Witt, a Wisconsin native, now lives at Brookdale Senior Living in Littleton. He worked in chemical warfare and considers himself to be lucky man.

    “I was just assigned to it. Luckily … If I’d have been out in the fire, shooting them off at the pillboxes, I might not be here,” he said.