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Today's News

  • Chatfield girls in a zone after rallying for upset of Rebels

    Maybe it was Chatfield’s 2-3 zone defense. Maybe it was Columbine’s inability to attack the zone. Either way, the Lady Chargers, who didn’t exactly start the season running on all cylinders, have started to hit their stride.

    Chatfield overcame a slow start in the first quarter with a 10-0 run in the third quarter and held on for a 32-29 upset of arch-rival Columbine on Jan. 21 on a night that the Lady Rebels’ celebrated breast cancer awareness with a pink out at Columbine High School.

  • State qualifying first, foremost on minds of DR, CHS swimmers

    With the girls swimming state championships coming up Feb. 11-12, both Dakota Ridge and Columbine have one goal — qualify as many girls as they can, as quickly as they can and gain as many team points as possible.

    In their meet against one another Jan. 21 at the Ridge Recreation Center, both teams came out strong in the first event, each qualifying their 200-yard medley relay team for the state championships. 

  • Sports briefs: Chatfield swimmers dominates meet with host Wheat Ridge

    WHEAT RIDGE — Chatfield scored wins in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay as the Lady Chargers rolled to a 222-140 win over host Wheat Ridge on Jan. 21 at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center.

    Individual winners for Chatfield included Bridgitta Games (2 minutes, 24.90 seconds, 200 individual medley), Joslynn Shamis (116.10 points, 1-meter diving), Rachel Reiling (1:12.13, 100 butterfly), Kirsten Ozaki (56.83, 100 freestyle), Hailey Gerze (1:12.37, 100 backstroke), and Delaney Piper (1:19.13, 100 breaststroke).

  • Can Hick make civility stick?

    The tenor and tone of the beginning of the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the first session of the 68th Colorado General Assembly have been decidedly positive and should give Colorado citizens a good feeling about how business will be conducted over the next couple of years.

  • Commissioners delay repayment for loan linked to campaign contributors

    Jefferson County on Tuesday granted a decade-long grace period on a loan of more than $6.4 million to an undeveloped metropolitan district for construction of the C-470 and Alameda interchange.

    Green Tree Metropolitan District, which is governed by at least one developer who has contributed substantially to Jeffco Republican campaigns, borrowed the money in 2007 from the county to help construct the $17 million interchange.

  • McCasky stepping down as county commissioner

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky announced Jan. 19 he will be stepping down from his elected position to accept a job as president and CEO of the Jefferson Economic Council.

    McCasky, 50, a Republican whose term would have run through 2012, had previously sat on the JEC’s board as a representative of the county. His hiring was unanimously approved Jan. 19 at the nonprofit’s board meeting.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    The four-step method — minus one
    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.

  • Front Range Christian girls steal game from Lutheran-Parker in 4th

    PARKER -- Jennifer Vigil knew that her team needed to do something. Front Range Christian had to get the momentum. But how?

    The Lady Falcons, ranked fifth in The Denver Post 2A girls basketball poll, had taken the lead twice, but never seemed to gain any offensive traction in its Top 5 showdown with fourth-ranked Lutheran-Parker. Twice, Front Range Christian had fallen behind by six points with no signs of actually taking the lead for good.

    Then Vigil took matters into her own hands.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The four-step method — minus one

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.

  • Taking to the water

    Melba Njenga is unassuming in nearly every way.

    She is petite, standing at a mere 5-foot-1. She is reserved and quiet by nature. And she is humble. But when you see her swim you would never know that she is any of those things.

    Njenga, a junior at Dakota Ridge High School, nicknamed “The Albatross” by her coaches for her amazingly long arms and smooth, graceful strokes, didn’t have such a smooth start to her high school swimming career.