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Today's News

  • Bats slow to show up for Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — If there’s one thing Jack Kortarba and the Dakota Ridge Eagles don’t lack, it’s confidence. They believe they can score at any time, even when they’re trailing by eight runs.
    That’s what Dakota Ridge did April 27 at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park. The only problem was, the Eagles didn’t score enough runs. Their six-run rally, while valiant, wasn’t enough, as the Eagles suffered their first 5A Jeffco League loss 11-8 to Ralston Valley.

  • Chargers come up clutch late

    LAKEWOOD — Realistically, Chatfield Senior girls soccer coach Brock Blume said, freshman Bree Bezdek should have 10 goals this season, but she has only four. That’s how good she is and can be. Blume almost certainly is going to be a player to watch in the future.

  • The tale of the (duct) tape

    Ah, duct tape. Is there anything it can’t do?

    The handyman’s favorite tool to fix anything around the house is also one of the most versatile materials for do-it-yourself craft projects. The wide tape, which can be found in a variety of colors and designs, can be used to make anything from wallets and purses to full-length prom dresses.

    “My friend makes a lot of things with duct tape. She made a prom dress for her sister completely out of duct tape,” said Sarah Bruner, 13. “It’s pretty easy to work with.”

  • Collaborative technology connects Jeffco teachers

    The Jeffco school district believes that collaboration is king, and new technology lets a geography teacher from Green Mountain High School compare notes, tests and lesson plans with a geography teacher at Conifer High — without sending an e-mail or picking up a phone. 

    The online system, known as the “collaborative curriculum alignment process,” or C-CAP, lets all Jeffco teachers access curriculum and lessons plans — meaning the wisdom of one and all can be shared district-wide with all colleagues.

  • 200 honor crime victims at Courage Walk

    Gray skies couldn’t dampen the mood of the more than 200 participants in the 20th annual Courage Walk in Golden on Saturday morning.

    The annual event honors the strength and courage of crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to violence. The Courage Walk coincides with National Victims’ Rights Week.

    Jeffco probation department employees Brandy Lewis and Wendy Ala participated in the Courage Walk for the first time.

  • Foreclosures continue to decline in Jeffco

    Jeffco’s housing market continues to show signs of improvement, as foreclosures keep declining while demand for properties and property values both have increased. 

    In the first quarter of 2013, Jeffco Public Trustee Margaret Chapman said, the county has seen a 40 percent drop in the number of foreclosures filed, when compared to the same period last year. If the pace continues, Jeffco would see about 1,700 foreclosures this year.

  • Littleton announces pick for new police chief

    Littleton has a new chief of police. 

    On Friday, the city announced that Denver police Capt. Douglas Stephens will be the city’s new police chief. Stephens had been with the Denver Police Department since 1991 and most recently served as captain of the gang unit.

    The Littleton position came open earlier this year when Heather Coogan announced her retirement on Jan. 18. Division Cmdr. Gene Enley had been acting as the interim chief since April, when Coogan’s retirement took effect.

  • Economic-development group seeks more funds from county

     The Jefferson County Economic Development Corp. is about to announce a new initiative designed to bring the county more than 7,500 full-time jobs over a five-year period — but it would cost taxpayers another $100,000 annually on top of the $300,000 the EDC already receives.

  • The kindest cut

    After only a few minutes of sheering, clumps of hair were blowing around like tumbleweeds Friday in the south parking lot at Columbine High School.

    And the number of tumbleweed hairballs grew with each of the 175 students who sat down and forked over cash to have her hair buzzed right before prom. 

    The students were forsaking their follicles on behalf of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that raises funds for research into childhood cancer. Groups across the country raise money for the organization with head-shaving events. 

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS TENNIS
    Thrilling win at No. 2 doubles helps Chatfield trip Columbine

    Madi Mamaghani won at No. 1 singles and Chatfield’s No. 2-4 doubles teams also scored victories as the Lady Chargers held off Columbine 4-3 on April 20 at Marker Park.
    Mamaghani won 6-0, 6-0 over Columbine’s Jane Selindh. Chatfield’s No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Ohman and Peyton Pritekel scored a 6-2, 6-1 win over Megan Lacy and Leah Rogers, while the No. 4 team of Sarah Martin and Jade Moore won 6-3, 6-2 over Jordan and Alexandra Sturgell.