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Today's News

  • Program helps sixth-graders with New Beginnings

    From breaking in a new locker to making new friends, the first day of middle school can be intimidating. 

    Falcon Bluffs Middle School is hoping to counter some of that anxiety with the New Beginnings program for Jeffco students entering sixth grade.

    The program is headed by drama teacher Anthony Bruno and physical education teacher Allyn Atadero. Its aim is to introduce students to middle school life before the year begins, including the dreaded challenge of opening the new locker, their biggest fear, according to Atadero. 

  • Talking turkey with 4-H kids

    The price of a frozen turkey at the neighborhood grocery store doesn't add up for 15-year-old Evan Lim of Littleton.

    It costs Lim, a 4-H participant, about $70 for each of the turkeys he’s raised from chicks and then processed — a giant jump from the supermarket price.

    “It makes you wonder what they’re feeding them,” Lim said. “It’s really important for my family to know where our food comes from.”

  • Council eyes prohibition on eminent domain, condemnation

    The Littleton City Council could soon vote on whether to eliminate eminent domain and condemnation as possible tools in the city’s soon-to-be finished urban development plan. 

    The council, on a 6-0 vote, asked city staff to create a statement saying the city would not use eminent domain and condemnation as part of Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, the city’s urban renewal authority. The request included a statement that property owners who seek condemnation could still do so. 

  • Things get prickly on county's pot panel

    Things are anything but mellow on Jeffco's marijuana task force.

    Ronn Nixon, a paralegal and cannabis advocate, said former CBI head and fellow task force member Bob Cantwell threatened him physically after a tense meeting on July 21.

    Nixon said Cantwell felt that he'd been rude to the chair of the 14-member group, Lakewood City Councilwoman Ramey Johnson. 

  • Staunton offers variety of programs in August

    Staunton State Park is known for its beautiful views, rock climbing and scenic hikes, but park organizers are offering free programs in August for visitors to explore lesser-known parts of Colorado’s newest state park.

    “There’s so much more in the park than people realize,” said Annie Thran, seasonal park ranger. “We have amazing rocks, waterfalls, fishing ponds; it’s just an amazing park.”

  • Sheriff warns of proliferation of phone scams

     Jeffco Sheriff Ted Mink reported that phone scams and identity theft are on the rise, in his second-quarter report to the county commissioners on Aug. 5.

    “With a nationwide increase in frauds, (the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office) is streamlining its approach with the use of a fraud reporting hotline,” Mink said in his report.

    Over-the-phone scams in particular have been on the rise, Mink said. 

    “We have been inundated with calls and reports,” Mink said. “That’s why we created the fraud hotline.”

  • 2014 boys tennis capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Devin Van Treeck
    Assistant coach: Matthew Raml
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Players to watch: Brian Ross, Sr., singles; Patrick Ross, Soph., singles; Sam Meyer, Jr., doubles; John Simpson, Jr., singles/doubles; Chase Adams, Soph., singles/doubles; Austin Stutz, Jr., doubles
    Season opener: Aug. 26, Denver East, 3:30 p.m.

  • 2014 softball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Brooks Roybal
    Assistant coaches: Melissa Ryba, Jerry Nave, Jenny Branch, Anna Carpinello, Bryan Rodriguez
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 12-10, 3-5 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Carly Perry, Sr., SS; Madison Reuter, Sr., P; Shelby Copley, Sr., 1B
    Season opener: Aug. 21, vs. Douglas County, 4 p.m.

  • FRCS’ Roberts comfortable playing Wellshire

    DENVER — Jonathan Roberts likes playing at Wellshire Golf Club, and it showed Aug. 7 in the six-team 3A Mile High League tournament opener. The Front Range Christian junior carded a career-best 15-over-par 86 in the weather-delayed 2014 season debut.

    He shot a 45 on a grueling front nine before settling in for a 41 over the final nine holes to place eighth in a field of 24 golfers.

    “I was hoping to shoot right around what I got, so I’m pretty satisfied,” Roberts said.

  • Man dies after car plunges into Johnston Reservoir

    A 31-year-old Aurora man died after his car plunged into Johnston Reservoir at Clement Park early Monday.

    David Helding died from drowning according to the Jeffco Coroner's Office. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Littleton Hospital.