Today's News

  • Rebels run over Ralston

    Dennis Pleuss - Sports Editor

    LAKEWOOD — Nearing the midway point of the regular season, Columbine’s defense looks like a well-oiled machine.

    The Rebels (4-0, 2-0 in Class 5A Jeffco League) nearly pulled off a third straight shutout Sept. 24 against Ralston Valley (3-1, 1-1) in what was one of the most anticipated prep football games on the docket last week.

    “With our defense, it’s assignments, keys and execute,” Columbine senior linebacker Nick Stout said after a 21-7 victory at Jeffco Stadium.

  • At Emily’s Parade, love and solidarity

    Columbine High School and Platte Canyon High School are separated by 40 miles and a county line. But on Sunday, the two schools were once again connected by thousands of motorcycles traversing U.S. 285 in a show of solidarity and love.

    More than 4,000 bikers rode from Columbine High to Platte Canyon High as part of Emily’s Parade, an annual event that honors the late Emily Keyes and the six other students held hostage at Platte Canyon High on Sept. 27, 2006, as well as all victims of school violence.

  • Fire safety a hot topic at West Metro Fire Muster

    Potential recruits for West Metro Fire deployed hose, climbed over and under obstacles and dragged dummies to safety on Saturday at Station 10.

    Now they just have to wait 10 to 15 years before applying for jobs as firefighters.

    West Metro’s Fire Muster attracted hundreds to the station at South Kipling Parkway and West Hampden Avenue, site of the district’s training facility. Firefighters put on live-fire demonstrations, displayed ambulances and fire engines, and helped the kids run an expansive obstacle course.

  • Tori Merritts, candidate in District 4

    Tori Merritts, a former Jeffco school board member of nine years, said she is running for the board again because the school district needs someone experienced to provide guidance.

    Merritts, who served on the school board from 1994 to 2003, is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s seat in District 4, which is up for election this year. Also contending for the spot is former teacher Amanda Stevens. Merritts is concerned about the possibility of having a completely untested board this fall as a result of three board members facing a recall.

  • Jefferson County officials enact fire ban

    After the wet spring and early summer, things have finally dried out.

    Last Thursday, Jeffco officials announced a fire ban because of continuing high fire danger. Any fires built in must be in existing fire grates at parks and campgrounds.

    In addition, residents are not allowed to:

    • Shoot off fireworks.

    • Smoke anywhere other than an enclosed car or building, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is cleared of combustible material.

    • Do anything else that produces a spark or flame.

  • Littleton rates as 24th most livable city

    The city of Littleton often boasts that it’s a great place to live. It’s not alone in that opinion.

    Littleton was rated the 24th best place to live in the United States by Livability, a company that publishes monthly and annual rankings of the top places to live in the U.S. The ratings list more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 in more than 40 categories, including cost of living, diversity of population, infrastructure, amenities and the education system. 

  • Teachers exhibit artwork at Center for the Arts Evergreen

    A premiere exhibit at the Center for the Arts Evergreen showcases the creative talents of four area high school teachers.

    Steve Sumner, CAE director, is excited about this first-time opportunity to display the exemplary work of teachers who find time to be artists in addition to their responsibilities as art instructors.

    “They’re really worthy,” he said.

  • A painful lesson: Jeffco’s third rail

    I’ve been planning for weeks to offer my thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Jeffco school district. And I’ve also been procrastinating for weeks. Of late, our politically polarized school system has become the third rail of local politics — touch it, and you die.

    A phone call last week from a loyal reader stirred me from my inertia (some would say cowardice). The gentleman raised several good questions about our recent coverage and, as a result, helped me organize my own thoughts. He should call daily.

  • Fun begins at summer’s end

    Sunny weather and even brighter smiles were in evidence over the weekend at the Summerset Festival in Clement Park, where food, fun and a variety of vendor booths drew thousands.

    For three days, Denver area residents enjoyed music, games, shopping, fireworks and camaraderie during South Jeffco’s traditional send-off to summer.

  • State approves ballot that includes school board recall

    Colorado’s secretary of state has approved a Jeffco ballot that will include a recall question targeting the three conservative members of the school board in the Nov. 3 election, according to the county clerk’s office.