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Today's News

  • Flying high: Special-needs kids revel in camaraderie, competition at basketball tourney

    Chatfield player Dylan Cuellar spiked his hair and carefully applied dozens of temporary tattoos down the length of his arms and around his neck in preparation for the annual Unified Basketball March Madness tournament.

    The get-up, an obvious tribute to his hero, the colorful Nuggets star Chris “Birdman” Andersen, was one he wore with pride.

  • Jeffco schools win four-year grant to improve literacy

    A $485,000 four-year grant designed to improve childhood literacy will fund a new summer reading program at four of the county’s most poverty-stricken elementary schools.

    Mile High United Way awarded the matching-fund grant last week to the Jefferson Foundation, an independent nonprofit that supports Jeffco Public Schools. Along with a $121,000 first-year contribution from the Salazar Family Foundation and upcoming fund-raising efforts, the amount will total $970,000, which will used to cover teacher pay and other expenses for the eight-week program.

  • Tiered fee structure eyed for Outdoor Labs

    The Jeffco school board is considering a plan to subsidize fees for the beloved sixth-grade Outdoor Lab program that would charge less for schools with more students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.

    Though the district has always provided funding for the program, it has not always charged schools according to income levels, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

    The plan would also reduce the amount of funding the school district contributes each year to the program, with the Outdoor Lab Foundation seeking more private donations to offset costs.

  • City attorney makes a case for embracing challenges

    Acting City Attorney Kirsten Crawford stepped into the position at a particularly tumultuous time for Littleton — the city’s police department was in the midst of a well-publicized wiretapping scandal, and Crawford’s former boss, then-city attorney Suzanne Staiert, had been fired by the City Council.

  • Planning commission OKs Foothills parcels for rezoning

    Two Foothills Park & Recreation District land parcels under contract for sale are eligible to be rezoned, the Jeffco planning commission unanimously recommended on Feb. 29, moving the areas one step closer to retail development.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Telltale tracks trace trespasser’s trip

  • Spring sports preview: Boys swimming

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Ron Johns
    Assistant coach: Ryan Babcock
    Swimmers to watch: Bryce Carter, Sr., freestyles; Matthew Jagiello, Soph., diving; Zachary Kugler, Jr., freestyles, butterfly; Austin Layman, Sr., backstroke, butterfly; Justin Barwick, Sr, 500 freestyle
    Outlook: “(The) Chargers look good,” Johns said. “(We are) building and we will be strong again this year. It will be fun deciding relay members, as all of these guys are striving to be on the fastest relay (teams).”

  • Spring sports preview: Girls golf

    DAKOTA RIDGE EAGLES
    Head coach: Levi Bartholomew
    Assistant coaches: Brian Plautz, Nile Smith
    Players to watch: Gillian Vance, Fr.; Michelle Isbester, Sr.; Lauren Wood, Soph.; Kirsten Wiegand, Soph.
    Outlook: “Our biggest outlook is improvement,” Bartholomew said. “We are young and looking to build on the success of last year.”
    Season opener: March 19, Applewood Golf Course, Golden
    Regionals: May 7, Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lakewood
    State: May 21-22, Aurora Hills Golf Course, Aurora

  • Winter all-conference teams: Girls swimming, wrestling

    The following is a list of winter sports athletes, coaches and teams who were named all-conference first team, second team and honorable mention in girls swimming and wrestling in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2011-12 season:

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Sanford’s first-half run seals Lady Falcons’ season
    LA JUNTA
    — Sanford blew open a close game with an 11-2 run in the second quarter to go up by 15 points at halftime en route to a 52-26 victory over Front Range Christian in the first round of the 2A Region 6 tournament on March 2 at Otera Junior College.
    The Lady Falcons ended their season with a 10-11 record.
    Rye ended Sanford’s season at 20-3 with a 52-50 victory in Region 6 finals one day later.

    LACROSSE