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Today's News

  • Alternatives to building new schools considered

    If Jeffco school board members don’t want to spend money on new buildings and renovations, there are alternatives to deal with crowded schools like Rooney Ranch Elementary — but district COO Steve Bell isn’t crazy about them.

    Alternative solutions to anticipated crowding at schools like Rooney Ranch could include installing temporary classrooms in the short term, and taking more drastic measures over the long term.

  • Fathers, daughters enjoy date night

    It was hard to tell who was having a better time on the dance floor: the proud fathers or the beaming daughters.

    Foothills Park and Rec’s Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball on Saturday drew a crowd of fathers who wanted to make memories with their daughters — and to impart some important lessons.

  • ‘Next to Normal’ a frank look at mental illness

    Littleton’s Town Hall Arts Center is set to open “Next to Normal,” a Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical about one family’s struggles with mental illness.

    The rock musical, which opens Friday, takes a frank yet sensitive look at how one mother’s bipolar disorder affects her and her family. The musical’s ability to deal with such a specific topic in a way that anyone can relate to makes it a powerful piece of art, said director Nick Sugar.

  • School board dismisses federal mediator

    The Jeffco school board has dismissed its outside mediator for upcoming union negotiations because of his organization’s policy banning recording or streaming.

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which is free to the district, will not allow its mediators to be recorded or streamed.

  • Bill would allow concealed carry of guns at public schools

    A state representative who was a student at Columbine High School during the 1999 shootings wants holders of concealed-carry permits to be able to carry their guns in public schools.

    Last week state Rep. Patrick Neville, R-Castle Rock, introduced House Bill 1168, which would remove public schools from the list of places that concealed-carry holders cannot bring guns.

  • Student-athletes relish, cherish National Signing Day

    Eager faces sat behind long tables covered with high school banners. In front of them sat name placards embossed with colorful college logos, sheets of white paper and a pen.

    Twenty-five students from Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge high schools participated in National Signing Day on Feb. 4, joining athletes from across the nation as they signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

  • Lady Eagles pull away down the stretch

    Ah, rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon. It’s what held up Dakota Ridge head coach Rich Gavelda, who missed the start of his team’s Feb. 6 home game against Columbine. 

    Thus, he missed his team’s game-opening 15-0 run behind the coaching of assistant Melissa Ward. But he didn’t miss the game-closing 12-4 surge, which resulted in a 59-50 victory.

  • Erickson out to prove critics wrong

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Erickson has his critics, and he wants to show them just exactly who he is and what he’s made of.

  • Eagles’ Yutzy wins 100th

    Curi Yutzy wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about after his seventh-ranked Dakota Ridge Eagles rolled to a 67-47 home victory over Columbine on Feb. 6. As it turned out, it was about him.

    Dakota Ridge’s second victory over the Rebels this season, including a 50-45 win at Columbine on Jan. 14, marked the 100th win in Yutzy’s seven seasons as head coach.

  • Hobbs ready for last shot at state

    ARVADA — Averly Hobbs is one of the state’s best 5A divers. Need proof? She’s finished in the top four each of the past three seasons — taking fourth in 2012, second in 2013 and third last year. So this year, with the state meet scheduled for Feb. 13-14 at the Edora Pool Ice Center, she is among the favorites again.