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Today's News

  • Winter sports all-conference teams

    Following is a list of all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the winter sports season:

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    FIRST TEAM
    Sam Porter, Arvada West; Sean Leslie, Arvada West; Brenden Mann, Chatfield; Jonathan Snow, Columbine; Derek Vander Velde, Dakota Ridge; Abdullah Musleh, Dakota Ridge; Faruk Ramovic, Lakewood; Alex Welsh, Pomona; Chase Duben, Ralston Valley; Brandon Applehans, Standley Lake

  • Four indicted in thefts of items from cemeteries

    Four men were indicted March 25 by a Jefferson County grand jury in connection with the pilfering of more than $130,000 worth of sprinkler heads and decorative brass vases from local cemeteries.

    The suspects, Donald Richard Tebeau, 46, Michael Dean Gonser, 43, Juan Gallegos, 27, and Jason Lee Seader, 37, face felony charges of theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit theft by receiving in the theft of the items from numerous cemeteries, including four in Jefferson County.

  • Jeffco home sales down 15 percent in February

    Home sales in Jefferson County declined by 16 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, and homes spent an additional 40 days on the market, new real estate data show.

    Though housing prices seem to be unaffected by the decline, according to information from Metrolist, a decrease in the number of modestly priced homes sold is attributed to the expiration of the $8,000 federal tax credit for first-time buyers.

  • Former Jeffco man arrested in England in sex assaults on boys

    The case against a Jeffco man accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting three boys to whom he served as a father figure was bound over for trial March 22 in county court.

    James Craig Bird, 64, was extradited late last year from England, more than a year after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

    Bird faces three counts of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • School board to host forums on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board will hear public comment next month before it approves nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to the dramatically reduced 2011-12 budget.

    The public hearings, to be held April 5 and May 5, will be supplemented with a string of community forums, at which board members will meet with their constituents to gather questions and comments. Five forums will be held on April 16 and April 30.

    A final version of the budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 5 board meeting.

  • A virtual standout

    The most rewarding part of Jeffco English teacher Kristin Kipp’s job is helping struggling students find success, a sentiment not uncommon among passionate educators.

    But Kipp, an Evergreen resident with a remote mountain home, seldom, if ever, actually meets many of her students in person.

  • Timely action on school budget

    Facing severe budget problems if the legislature agrees to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget, the Jefferson County School District took a new and dramatic approach to cutting its budget. A budget summit with representatives of the Board of Education, the teachers union, the classified employees association, the administrators’ association and district leadership spent a weekend with a federal mediator and came up with a $40 million reduction plan that has pain for everyone.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Teen invasion

  • Chatfield dominant against Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — After a disappointing 2010 season in which Chatfield went just 5-10, the Lady Chargers are looking like a force to be reckoned with in 2011. Already sporting big victories over Cherokee Trail and Cherry Creek‘s No. 2 team, Chatfield showed Evergreen it’s ready for a big year with a 24-4 victory over the Lady Cougars on March 24 at Trailblazer Stadium. 

  • Sebald’s early goal all Eagles needed

    LAKEWOOD — Damon Smerchek thought his Dakota Ridge varsity girls soccer team could’ve played better, that the Lady Eagles didn’t play to their potential. He felt that his team left a number of goals out on the field March 24 at Lakewood Memorial Field against Lakewood.

    But the one goal it did get from junior midfielder Hayley Sebald proved to be just enough. Her first goal of the season just 13 minutes, 16 seconds into the game was all Dakota Ridge needed for a 1-0 victory against previously-unbeaten Lakewood.