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Today's News

  • The sound of success

    During his flights from Denver to New York and Los Angeles, Dakota Ridge High School student Graham Stookey has more on his mind than most of his peers.

    As many of his fellow seniors begin stressing about prom dates and college acceptance letters, Graham is negotiating terms with record labels on both coasts, choosing a deal that could help solidify his musical career and make him a household name.

  • Rebels’ depth proves to be key

    Depth is key in team swimming and the Columbine Rebels have depth.

    It was on display as the Rebels won their second dual meet of the season March 18 at the Ridge Recreation Center, beating Standley Lake, 146-136, despite taking first place in only three of the 12 varsity events.

    Columbine had seven second-place and six third-place finishes to gain a good deal of its points and take the win in what truly was a team effort, which is just what head coach Kristi Marosy wants.

  • Eagles learning as they go along

    LAKEWOOD — Elise Eppard was playing at No. 3 singles a year ago. This year, she’s at No. 1. Then there’s Becca Meyer, Dakota Ridge’s No. 2 singles player. She was a part of the Lady Eagles’ No. 4 doubles team in 2010.

  • Kincaid rules 3,200 at ThunderRidge Invitational

    This looks familiar.

    Though Dakota Ridge had the strength in numbers in the boys’ 3,200-meter run March 19 at the ThunderRidge Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, Columbine had William Kincaid.

    Just like he did at October’s 5A state cross country championships, Kincaid chased down a first-place finish ahead of his Dakota Ridge counterparts, winning the two-mile race in 9 minutes, 48.46 seconds to set a meet record, breaking his previous mark set a year ago by more than 10 seconds.

  • Chatfield swimmers flex muscles vs. Ralston Valley

    The Chatfield Chargers’ boys swim team made a statement that it is one of the teams to beat in Jeffco.

    The Chargers thrashed an undermanned Ralston Valley team, 191-118, on March 18 at the Ridge Recreation Center, winning 10 of 12 events.

  • Roundup: Fishel homers, Wilson fans eight in Dakota Ridge win

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Nate Fishel went 2-for-3, homered and drove in three runs as Dakota Ridge rallied to top host Valor Christian, 6-4, on March 16 for its first win of the season.

    Will Ochoa added two hits, while Ben Nutsch scored two runs for the Eagles.

    Steve Wilson allowed four runs — just two earned — on seven hits en route to the complete-game victory. He struck out eight.

  • Fire ban in effect in Jefferson County

    A fire ban affecting all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County took effect at 5 p.m. Monday due to the three wildfires that were burning near Golden, Soda Creek and Pine Junction.
    The Indian Gulch fire broke out Sunday. The Soda Creek and Pine Junction fires were extinguished Monday. The fire ban remains in effect until rescinded.
    On Tuesday, Jeffco officials issued a disaster/emergency declaration due to the need for outside resources and the high fire danger.

  • Star power: Astronomy class conjures Harry Potter characters to create memorable lesson

    Dusk at Hildebrand Ranch Park brought out fans of Harry Potter dressed in cloaks and coats, and with movie melodies playing in the background, kids and adults alike learned on Saturday night how some of J.K. Rowling’s characters got their names.

  • Littleton business owners receive sales award

    James Paul Palin and Denise Kinrade-Palin, owners of Once Upon A Child of Littleton, were awarded the Sales Excellence Award at the company's annual conference and trade show at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 22-25.

    The award is given to franchisees who achieve a specific level of sales.

  • Principal: Students lose if outdoor labs close

    When David Epp looks around the campus at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, he sees a chance for students to learn without limits.

    “Many times kids have thanked me, genuinely and deeply, (because) they have had the best week of their lives,” Epp said. “I can’t imagine taking it away from the kids.”

    Epp is close to completing his first year as principal at the school, even as news came from the district on March 11 that both the Mount Evans and Windy Peak lab schools might be closed.