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Today's News

  • Spillar content with her state finish

    LAKEWOOD — McKenna Spillar walked around with a smile on her face. She wasn’t the least bit concerned that she’d just finished sixth in the 3,200 meters. This was, after all, a year after the Dakota Ridge senior had surprised even herself by winning the event at the 5A state track and field championships.
    But on May 16 at Jefferson County Stadium, sixth place was as good as it would get, and that was OK.

  • Chatfield relay team makes believers with third-place finish

    LAKEWOOD — Maybe the rest of the state wasn’t expecting it since Chatfield’s 4x800 relay team was seeded 16th entering the 5A boys state track and field championships May 16, but Panos Smyrnios, Nathan Moore, Tyler Hale and Larry Huff believed in themselves.
    One by one, they picked off the state’s best at Jefferson County Stadium until they finished third in 7 minutes, 59.86 seconds. It may have been unexpected to the rest of the state but not surprising to the Chargers.

  • Chargers’ state trip runs into roadblock

    DENVER — Joey Plaster absolutely crushed the baseball to left field. Connor Gray, on first base after a fielder’s choice, took off for home at top speed; he rounded third and found an unexpected surprise awaiting him.
    What, or, more accurately, who was waiting for him was home plate umpire Dwight Nichols. The man in charge of calling the balls and strikes had ventured up the third-base line inexplicably to make a call that wasn’t necessarily his to make with a three-man umpiring crew on the field.

  • McDondle leaps into state track lore with long-jump title

    LAKEWOOD — Bernard McDondle lifted his head ever so slightly, displaying a face full of concentration, as he peeked down the runway. Then he took off, charging full speed toward the long-jump pit. His jump, at least his second one in the final round May 16, was several inches behind the line.

    That cost McDondle precious length, but it didn't matter. He'd already done his damage in the preliminary rounds at the 5A boys state track & field championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Fugitive that eluded authorities in South Jeffco arrested

    A man wanted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office that eluded capture Thursday night in South Jeffco has been arrested.

    David Shane Gosik, 34, was being sought by authorities in connection with several charges in Douglas and Arapahoe counties. He was arrested May 19 at the Pebble Creek apartment complex near West Hampden Avenue and South Harlan Street.

  • Colorado's newest state park set to debut

    Conifer’s newest neighbor is settled in and ready to host its first open house.

    After several delays, Staunton State Park will open to the public this weekend with a two-day grand opening packed with events and activities.

    “This has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to share this amazing park with others,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson.

  • Fire engulfs home in Littleton

    Fire engulfed a home on South Rapp Street in Littleton on May 14. 

    Littleton firefighters received the call about a house on fire at 5868 S. Rapp St., near Arapahoe Community College, about 4:13 p.m. 

    "When we turned the corner, we saw there was flames," said Bethany Stuhlman, who was one of the first people to see the house on fire.

  • Littleton City Council denies request for development moratorium

    A proposal by a group of Littleton residents to place a moratorium on any residential rezoning that would increase density and traffic failed to win approval from the City Council. 

    The proposal, presented to the City Council by resident John Watson on May 7, would have placed a moratorium until Jan. 1, 2014, on any rezoning request, land-use approval application, building permit or any other permit that would increase residential density and traffic.

  • Commissioners divided on EDC's request for more funds

    With budget discussions under way for next year, Jeffco’s county commissioners are hearing from all quarters about the need for more funding. 

    One group seeking more taxpayer dollars, the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp., made its pitch again last week. Yet it was the commissioners who ended up doing most of the talking.

    Commissioner Don Rosier asked members of the EDC to attend last week’s commissioners meeting to continue discussions about funding for the economic-development group’s new Forward Jeffco initiative. 

  • Center supports veterans at Arapahoe Community College

    Veterans at Arapahoe Community College have a new home base at school. 

    The Veterans Service Center, which opened last month, was created by ACC to help meet the needs of the influx of veterans signing up for classes, said Nancy Nickless, Veterans Affairs certifying official and financial aid counselor for ACC.