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Today's News

  • Follow the money

    Congress passed a budget bill and the President sent his budget request to Congress where the differences between the two must be resolved. All signs point to much higher spending as Congress has voted to eliminate the sequestration imposed in 2013 to limit the growth of government spending. It’s not remotely possible that the total will represent a balanced budget as spending will again exceed revenues.

  • Feelings versus reality

    John Newkirk

  • Chatfield’s Manzanares earns fifth at state

    DENVER — Following a tough go in the semifinals and subsequent consolation round, Chatfield’s E.C. Manzanares was thrilled when he won his final match of the 5A state wrestling tournament at the Pepsi Center to secure fifth place.

    “I’m feeling on cloud nine because I had to rebound after that tough loss in the consolation semis,” Manzanares said. “Then to come back and win after that, that was huge for me. I’m feeling really good.”

    Getting the win for Chatfield, he said, made it all the more sweet.

  • DRHS girls hoops defeats Chatfield, earns No. 15 seed

    By Dennis Pleuss

    LITTLETON — Feb. 20 marked the start of the Class 5A girls basketball state tournament.

    However, Dakota Ridge coach Diane Thompson didn’t mind that the Eagles weren’t on the court in the opening round.

    “It is one of those things were I don’t remember when Dakota Ridge was that high of a seed,” Dakota Ridge coach Diane Thompson said before the Eagles were seeded No. 15 which garnered a first-round bye.

  • Eagles’ hockey shuts out Huskies in first round

     LITTLETON — If a team’s going to host the first round of the state hockey tournament, it may as well come in with a bang.

    That’s exactly what Dakota Ridge did on Tuesday afternoon against visiting Battle Mountain at the Edge Ice Arena as it earned a spot in the next round of the postseason, 10-0.

  • Front Range shoots lights out in upset victory

    By Levi Waddell

    LITTLETON — In perhaps their best showing of the year, the Front Range Christian Falcons upset the Dawson School Mustangs 68-53 on Feb. 13. The Falcons shared the ball effectively and were lights out from beyond the arc as they ended Dawson’s six-game winning streak.

  • Columbine girls hoops gets first playoff win since 2010

    By Dennis Pleuss

    LITTLETON — Columbine’s girls basketball team accomplished one big goal it had entering this season.

    The No. 20-seeded Rebels managed the program’s first playoff victory since 2010 with a 41-37 victory Tuesday night against No. 45 Eaglecrest.

    “It’s been like eight years since we’ve won a playoff game,” Columbine junior Maura Singer said. “It’s definitely super nice.”

  • ‘A plea for equal justice’

    As a conservative columnist, I have always tried to focus on constitutionally based concepts of personal responsibility and accountability supported by the belief that our country is founded on the principle of equality of opportunity.
    My numerous columns always attempt to support these views with appropriate facts and historical connections thereby providing a somewhat logical and rational basis for the opinions. Given the very nature of Op/Ed columns, these positions welcome opposing views.

  • Colorado Olympic talent reigns supreme

    Growing up in Steamboat Springs in the 1960s and ‘70s, the Winter Olympics were a big deal. We’d earned the name, “Ski Town USA” as more winter Olympians had (and still have) been produced in Steamboat than anywhere else in the United States. We all had everyday interactions with Olympic athletes, and I had friends who would become Olympians.

  • Chatfield’s Kathryn Shanley shines with state win

    By Kevin Lytle

    FORT COLLINS — Good luck wiping the smile off Kathryn Shanley’s face.

    The swimmer instantly forgot about exhaustion when she looked up at the timing board after finishing the 500-yard freestyle Saturday afternoon.

    Lane 5, first place.

    The Chatfield High School freshman burst into a big grin as she realized she had just become a state champion in her first state meet after winning the 500 free in a time of 5 minutes, 2.44 seconds at Edora Pool Ice Center.