Today's News

  • Pouring out knowledge

    When Dutch Creek Elementary School second-grade teacher Pat Taylor wanted to get her class’ attention, she often spoke in a Southern accent, a distinctive voice she spent decades refining.

    For Taylor, the method, along with sporadic impressions of Hollywood’s most famous Austrian, was but one tool she employed in a career of more than 30 years in Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Helpless Rebels watch as Cherry Creek ends season

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Lauren Snow walked off the field at Stutler Bowl, knelt down on the sideline with her emotions starting to flow. It wasn’t hard for the Columbine senior not to display her feelings.

  • Chargers’ Carter makes a splash in 50 freestyle

    FORT COLLINS — The day began with thunderous cheers bellowing from state champion hopefuls. In a sea of massive rosters and fans that packed the pool house, out stepped Chatfield. 

    With just a handful of swimmers qualifying for Day 2 of the 2011 5A state boys swimming championships at Eldora Pool Ice Center on May 21, the Chargers found a way to make a splash.

    After the team finished 22nd in 2010, Chatfield’s improvement this season showed as the Chargers tied for 16th with 45 points with Bryce Carter leading the way.  

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.

  • Search begins to replace library district director

    The Jefferson County Public Library board initiated a search for a new executive director May 19, hiring a contractor for $16,000 to find a replacement for Marcellus Turner.

    The Seattle Public Library recently hired Turner to head its system. He will begin the new job in mid-August; his last day with Jefferson County is slated for July 15.

  • Pedestrian span installed over Wadsworth

    Jefferson County placed the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over South Wadsworth Boulevard near West Bowles Avenue on May 16, connecting two massive pieces that were constructed off site.

    The $3 million bridge, part of a larger $8.7 million road project that will make Wadsworth 10 lanes wide at the intersection, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

    The entire project adds another southbound lane to Wadsworth, making the road three lanes wide in each direction. The completed street will also include two left-turn lanes and two right-turn lanes.

  • Dakota Ridge girls soccer team reaches 5A state finals

    ENGLEWOOD -- Kelsey Loupee scored two goals and assisted on another as third-seeded Dakota Ridge avenged its only loss of the season with a 3-1 win over No. 2 seed Arapahoe on May 21 in the 5A girls soccer state semifinals at Englewood High School.

    The Lady Eagles (16-1-2) advance to play No. 1 seed and undefeated Mountain Vista (16-0-2) in the state finals on May 21 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. Mountain Vista advanced with a 2-0 win over Pine Creek.

  • Chargers' Gaytan wins state title in 400

    LAKEWOOD -- Chatfield junior Erik Gaytan won the 5A state championship in the 400 meters on May 21 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Gaytan, who came into the final day of the meet with the third fastest qualifying time, ran a championship-winning time of 47.95 seconds. Montbello’s Kordell Deffenbaugh came in second in 48.37 and Ben Goodman of Palmer was third in 49.16.

    The top four finishers were all underclassmen.

  • Truck hits two pedestrians near apartment complex

    A large truck hit two pedestrians Friday afternoon near the Whisper Creek apartment complex, sending both to hospitals with serious injuries.
    Matthew Maccord, 20, and Robert Husak, 19, were sitting on a bench near a playground when a Ford F-250 driven by Sebastian Kowzan, 28, ran off the street at 3505 S. Nelson Circle, hitting both the pedestrians and the structure.

  • Flores, Eagles rally, advance to state semifinals

    HIGHLANDS RANCH -- Brooke Flores believed her team was supposed to be in the game, that it needed to be here. But for the game’s first 39 minutes it didn’t look so.

    That’s because sixth-seeded Fairview scored two early goals and had Dakota Ridge befuddled offensively. But there was still time for the Lady Eagles and they made the most of it.