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Today's News

  • Chatfield alum holds his own at Slacker race

    GEORGETOWN — Danny Whelan had a pretty legitimate reason for settling for the 4-miler instead of the Slacker Half-Marathon on June 23.
    “Honestly, I’m not in good enough shape to run a half-marathon,” Whelan said.
    Too many beers will do that to you.
    But the 29-year-old Greenwood Village resident and 2001 Chatfield Senior High School graduate was more than capable of leading the way in the shorter-distance race, winning in a time of 22 minutes, 12 seconds.

  • CHS alum Akerfelds succumbs to cancer

    Former Columbine standout Darrel Akerfelds, who served 11 years as the San Diego Padres bullpen coach, died June 24 of pancreatic cancer. He was 50.
    Akerfelds, who pitched for five seasons in the major leagues after being drafted seventh overall in the 1983 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, was diagnosed with the disease in December 2010. He also pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies, recording a 9-10 record with a 5.08 earned run average.

  • Summer 7-on-7s are a passing fancy

    DENVER — There are no shoulder pads, no pants just shorts, no offensive or defensive lines, no running plays and no rushing the quarterback.
    It’s two-hand touch. Defenses score three points for every interception and touchdowns are worth seven points with no extra points involved.
    It’s flag football without the flags.

  • Mega-chain thinking small

    A new, smaller Walmart will open for business Friday, June 29, in the refurbished former Albertsons and SmartCo shopping space at West Bowles Avenue and South Lowell Boulevard in the Columbine Valley Shopping Center. The space has been vacant for a couple of years.

    SmartCo opened one of five grocery/farmers market hybrids in the building in August 2010 but closed all its stores in the chain about four months later.

  • From Peaks to Plains

    A 5-mile stretch of Clear Creek straddling Jefferson and Clear Creek county open spaces will be the focus of a $4.6 million paved-trail project that promises to open up the waterway for kayakers, runners, hikers and cyclists to enjoy.

    The entire project will cost a projected $10.2 million, including $4.5 million in matching funds from Jeffco Open Space and $1.1 million from Clear Creek Open Space.

  • Smart911 provides key information to first-responders

    A new user-controlled database program called Smart911 has been activated by Jefferson County to help emergency services access basic information about households at the other end of a 911 call.

    When dispatchers receive a 911 call from a land line, they typically see only a phone number and address on a computer screen. When a cell phone calls 911, the dispatcher can see the phone number, the name of the service provider and the approximate location in geographic coordinates of the caller.

  • A patriotic party in the park

    Food and free community fun are in store at the annual patriotic celebration Red, White & You from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Clement Park.

    The event's fireworks display has been canceled because of extreme fire danger in the area, but other activities will go on as scheduled.

    Produced by the Foothills Park and Recreation District, Red, White & You includes a concert by Black Water, a band that performs a musical tribute to the Doobie Brothers, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Counties win $4.6 million grant for Clear Creek trail

    Great Outdoors Colorado announced Tuesday a $4.6 million grant to help Jefferson County and Clear Creek County build a 6-mile trail along Clear Creek as part of GOCO's precedent-setting River Corridors Initiative.

    The award is part of a strategic decision to concentrate lottery funds on river and creek projects across the state. All together, the GOCO board announced Tuesday a total of $29.5 million in lottery grants for eight river projects.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Good deed doesn’t go unpunished

  • Couple attempt suicide before sentencing in abuse case

    A couple who were scheduled to be sentenced for child abuse on June 18 apparently attempted suicide and were rushed to Littleton Hospital in unknown condition.

    Relatives found Christine and Randal Arnold after they had apparently attempted to commit suicide by consuming a large number of unidentified pills, according to published reports.