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Today's News

  • Bacon is life — or a slice of it, anyhow

    Some like it crisp and others prefer their pig more pliable, but in the spirit of bringing home the bacon, downtown Littleton put pork on parade Saturday.

    “Who doesn’t love bacon? It’s delicious,” said Aaron Ehrhardt of Littleton.

    Ehrhardt and his wife, Tyleen, made the short walk to join hundreds celebrating side meat at the Alferd Packer Bacon Party. The event featured live music, drinks and several food trucks that served up the guest of honor.

  • Summerset making a comeback

    A year after torrential rains washed out the Summerset Festival for the first time in its 30-year history, organizers are putting the final touches on this year’s festival while keeping an eye on the sky.

    “Literally, we got rain on our parade last year. It was devastating for everyone's morale,” said Lora Knowlton, executive director of the Foothills Foundation, the organization that puts on the event. “Now everyone is excited and on task to finish setting up for the festival.”

  • Hike for Hospice planned Sunday

    More than 400 hikers are expected to trek to the summit of Olinger Mount Lindo in Morrison during the ninth annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday.

    “It’s really a unique way to connect with and honor those who have passed,” said Serena Sampat, marketing manager for Centura Health at Home.

    The event supports Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice, two nonprofits that serve the Denver metro area.

  • Incidents prompt board member to enroll daughters in private school

    Graffiti targeting school board member John Newkirk near his youngest daughter's elementary school prompted the family to enroll their girls in a private school for the 2014-15 school year.

    “After much thought and discussion, our family made the decision to move our daughters to an alternate school environment for the 2014-15 year,” Newkirk said.

    Newkirk declined to name the school his daughters are attending but said it is a “faith-based” school in Littleton.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL 
    Clary, Eagles offense has its way in win over Silver Creek
    LAKEWOOD — Adam Clary completed 16 of 24 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns as Dakota Ridge rolled to a 42-22 win over Silver Creek on Sept. 5 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Connor Neyen caught seven passes for 178 yards and a score, while Nick Cohn caught four more for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Lujan rushed 25 times for 134 yards and three scores.

  • Lady Chargers, Rebels have room to grow

    ARVADA — Overall, Elizabeth Dominguez was content with how she fared at Chatfield’s 5A Jeffco League gymnastics encounter with host Arvada West on Sept. 3. But the Lady Chargers senior also knows that there’s room to improve, especially early in the season.

  • Weather wreaks havoc at Meadows

    Mother Nature seems to be rather fond of The Meadows Golf Course this season, and it has proved costly for boy golfers in the 5A Jeffco League.

    For the second time this season, weather played havoc at the course. The first time — on Aug. 18 — players only managed to get in five holes before the tournament was postponed until Sept. 4. This time, everybody got through at least nine holes, though, for some, that turned out to be a negative rather than a positive.

  • Chatfield finds a rhythm, sweeps Columbine

    It’s not all that uncommon for John Simpson to talk to himself in the third person during a boys tennis match. The Chatfield junior and No. 3 singles player will say things to get himself in the right mindset to win, even if his friends and colleagues find that to be a little awkward.

    “I guess sometimes they find it a little funny, a little weird. I don’t really mind that. If it helps that’s the only thing that matters,” Simpson said.

  • School Board renews attorney's contract

    On a 3-2 vote, the Jeffco school board extended the contract with its attorney for one year.

    The board hired Colorado Springs attorney Brad Miller last Dec. 12 on an identical split vote, just one month after members Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams were elected. Board members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted against and have been questioning Miller’s hiring for the last eight months.

  • There's oil in the Jeffco hills

    Oil seeping from an outcrop of the Dakota Hogback formation and at another site north of U.S. 285 in Morrison suggests the oil and gas industry could one day get a toehold in Jefferson County

    “The Turkey Creek outcrop is oil-saturated,” said Dr. Steve Sonnenberg, professor of petroleum geology at the Colorado School of Mines.