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Today's News

  • Cabela’s hopes to acquire former site of Jeffco animal shelter

    One of the country’s largest hunting-and-fishing-equipment retailers has set its sights on the former Table Mountain Animal Center property.

    Cabela’s, purveyor of guns, ammunition and fishing rods, recently offered $2.55 million, along with Molson Coors, to purchase 30 acres of land that originally was purchased by Jefferson County in 1931 for only $10.

  • Man in standoff at home sentenced in peeping-tom case

    A South Jeffco man arrested after he barricaded himself inside his foreclosed home in November was sentenced Dec. 17 to six months in jail on an unrelated charge stemming from an alleged peeping-tom incident.

    David Rothe pleaded not guilty to the original peeping-tom charges, including an attempted count, which allegedly occurred in 2009. He was acquitted in August on all counts but convicted on a lesser charge regarding the attempted-peeping-tom allegation.

  • Lighten up

    Elves, a gingerbread man and a small family of Dalmatian puppies inhabit South Jeffco resident Bernita Behounek’s yard every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

    The festive group of hand-painted wooden figures is a 25-year tradition at her home, one that along with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights reliably draws a steady flow of onlookers in the days leading up to Dec. 25.

  • 'Playing to help'

    Students in Dakota Ridge High School teacher Jenny Lippiat’s market class were grasping desperately for an idea.

    Nearly halfway through the semester in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, the class of 18 needed a platform to showcase their event-planning skills. A previous attempt to organize a disc-golf tournament fell flat, and the students were at a loss for how to make the most of a challenging class.

    Then came a bit of relative stardom for senior Graham Stookey, a singer-songwriter whose YouTube video garnered more than 200,000 hits.

  • No, Virginia, there is no transparency in Jeffco

    “This is a quarter of a billion dollars in stimulus we can’t pass up,” exalted County Commissioner Kevin McCasky in a story last week. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”
    Commissioner McCasky clearly has caught the holiday spirit and envisions a joyous Noel at the Taj Mahal. In fact, he’s even provided the snow job.

  • School board votes to censure Boggs

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs was censured by the board Dec. 16, the first time such an action has been taken in district history.
    The censure, on a unanimous vote, came after board members characterized Boggs’ behavior as erratic, disrespectful and inconsistent. District Superintendent Cindy Stevenson accused Boggs of “attacking the school district that she was elected to protect” during a conversation between the two.

  • One-car accident kills South Jeffco man

    A South Jeffco man was killed in a single-car accident early Monday on South Kipling Parkway near U.S. 285, closing the road for several hours as emergency workers cleared the scene.
    Alamo Onak, 37, was headed south on Kipling when his SUV struck a median, a Lakewood police spokesman said. The vehicle went through the intersection at West Girton Drive, eventually colliding with a street lamp.
    Onak, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Rebels win one for the coach

    LAKEWOOD — To say Columbine’s boys basketball game at Lakewood was just another game on the schedule would be a gross understatement.

    That’s because it marked the return of Rebels head coach Clay Thielking to his old stomping grounds as he brought his new team in to Lakewood High School to face the team he coached last year

  • Standley Lake pelts listless Eagles

    Taylor Markowski couldn’t put his finger on one specific thing. The Dakota Ridge junior captain had no answers for the Eagles’ play in an 8-0 loss to Standley Lake on Dec. 17 at Edge Ice Arena in the team’s Foothills Conference opener.

    “I don’t really know. We just weren’t playing good position. We weren’t working the puck around well,” Markowski said. “… We weren’t having good chemistry. Our lines weren’t working well together.”

  • Horodyski leads way for Rebels at invite

    LOVELAND — What do you get when you invite almost 30 swim and dive teams from all over Colorado? You get an amazing showing of swimming and diving talent.

    The CHSSCA Girls CO Invite was held at Mountain View Aquatic Center on Dec. 18. The Invite showcased swimming and diving talent from both 5A and 4A schools.

    “I thought the competition was excellent today,” Chatfield’s head coach Ron Johns said.