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Today's News

  • Cox puts best foot forward

    THORNTON — Lexi Cox couldn’t hide her disappointment. The Columbine junior knew that it was within reach.

    She had every reason to believe a 5A state gymnastics all-around title was there for the taking. After all she was coming off a regional title a week before. And Cox put herself in position to give Columbine its first all-around champion in school history after the early afternoon session on Nov. 5 at Thornton High School. But a lower-than-average balance beam performance and an unfortunate fall off the uneven bars wiped out her chances.

  • Rebels overcome McDondle’s absence to top Golden Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — Fifth-seeded Columbine entered its first-round 5A state playoff game with 28th-seeded Mountain Vista on Nov. 5 at Jefferson County Stadium without its leading rusher in junior running back Cameron McDondle because of a back injury. 

    But the Rebels overcame McDondle’s absence and an early 7-0 deficit to defeat Mountain Vista, 28-14, and advance to the second round of the playoffs thanks to two touchdowns from senior running back Jonathan Beverly. 

  • Playoff-bound Eagles running on all cylinders

    ARVADA — Head coach Ron Woitalwicz wanted to get quarterback Bolton Howes a few carries in the second half, but he was only able to get him two. That’s because Howes took both runs all the way to the end zone to invoke the mercy rule in the Eagles’ 49-13 rout of Standley Lake on Nov. 5 at the North Area Athletic Complex.

  • Chargers cap season on a winning note

    LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t exactly the way that Kyle Barnhart wanted to end his high school football career.

    The Chatfield senior running back and his Charger teammates were n the mix of a seven-game losing streak, hadn’t won since Week 2 and were nowhere near the playoffs.

    But they were going out on a winning note if at all possible.

    Barnhart rushed for a 44-yard touchdown on Chatfield’s first offensive play and the Chargers never looked back in a 42-8 rout of George Washington at Jefferson County Stadium on Nov. 4.

  • Permits available for cutting Christmas trees

    Even though the Halloween candy hasn’t yet turned stale, it’s time to think about the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree.

    The U.S. Forest Service is offering $10 cutting permits for Christmas trees in the Pike National Forest near Buffalo Creek.

    Tree-hunters can purchase up to five permits, according to Barbara Timock, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. Last year the Forest Service sold 7,000 permits. This year, Timock is encouraging people to get their permits early.

  • GOP scores big in Jeffco

    Republicans claimed extensive victories in the Nov. 2 election, retaining the District 6 U.S. House seat and sweeping Jefferson County races.

    Incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman scored a wide victory over Democratic challenger and fellow former Marine John Flerlage in District 6, garnering 66 percent of the vote. Flerlage, a South Jeffcoairline pilot who campaigned for nearly two years, collected 31 percent, and late entry Rob McNealy, a Libertarian from Aurora,captured about 3 percent.

  • School board members to meet with public on budget cuts

    Jeffco school board members will meet with the public on Nov. 13 at five locations around the county to present the district’s 2011-12 budget development process and to gather feedback.

    The district will be facing tens of millions of dollars in budget cuts, with the fiscal impact looking grimmer than the previous budget year.

  • Man guilty of assaulting Lakewood woman

    A 44-year-old man faces 45 years in prison after pleading guilty Nov. 3 to sexually assaulting a 29-year-old Lakewood woman near her Green Mountain home in 2009.

    Arthur Louis Martinez attacked the woman on July 24, dragging her into a bush and punching her in the face multiple times.

  • Lakewood man convicted of sexually assaulting unconscious women

    A Lakewood man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting and videotaping two sisters while they were unconscious was sentenced Nov. 4 to 32 years in prison.

    Timothy Layne Martinez, 32, had previously been tried in court in 2006 for assaulting one of the women, the sister of his sexual partner. Though photographs were found of Martinez assaulting the woman while she was apparently drugged, a lack of evidence led jurors to acquit him.

  • Lakewood man found guilty in death of infant daughter

    A 25-year-old Lakewood father was found guilty Nov. 2 in Jefferson County Court in the death of his 9-week-old daughter last Thanksgiving.

    A jury found Marcus Anthony Leyba guilty on two counts, first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust and child abuse resulting in death. Leyba, who faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole, will be sentenced Dec. 17.