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Today's News

  • Retired teacher dies in Ken Caryl fire

    The county coroner identified a retired Chatfield High School English teacher as the victim of a Sept. 8 fire in her Ken Caryl home.

    Firefighters discovered the body of Jessica Perry Onesty, 68, after extinguishing a blaze that consumed much of the back of her home at 18 Canyon Cedar.

    The coroner has yet to determine a cause of death, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The fire’s origin also had not been released at press time by West Metro Fire Rescue, which responded to the fire.

  • A house on the road to history

    Even though the historic Bradford Perley House at Ken-Caryl Ranch is just a shell of its former self, the rough-hewn walls and elegant facade welcomed curious visitors for a tour on Saturday.

    Though the house stands in Ken-Caryl Ranch, it has strong ties to Conifer. A main thoroughfare from Denver to the mountains, the Denver, Bradford and Blue River Road began at the Bradford Perley House and ended at Bradford Junction, where the Yellow Barn is located. 

  • Recovery court helps addicts gather their strengths

    The odds were stacked against Lesley Ingram.

    The 29-year-old, addicted to crystal meth and alcohol, faced a handful of serious charges in Jefferson County’s 1st Judicial District.

    Ingram, unemployed and without prospects, was nonetheless given an unexpected second chance — a transfer to the newly established Jefferson County Recovery Court, a program designed to help struggling addicts overcome abusive habits and give back to the community.

  • Two more candidates running for school board

    Two additional candidates have entered the race for seats on the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education last week, submitting affidavits only a few months from November’s election.

    In District 3, lawyer Preston Branaugh filed documents with the secretary of state, and is running against candidate Jill Fellman, a former Jeffco teacher.

    In District 4, candidate Jim Powers declared his intention to run against former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper.

  • South Jeffco woman wins Spirit Award at Ms. Wheelchair competition

    South Jeffco resident Kendara Peoples didn’t win the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant last month in Grand Rapids, Mich. — but she also didn’t walk away empty-handed.

    Taking note of the 24-year-old’s resilient personality, the national competition’s judges invoked an honor sparingly given, the Spirit Award.

  • Jury selection to begin Sept. 15 in Eastwood trial

    Jury selection for the trial of alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood is scheduled to begin Sept. 15, more than a year and a half since the shooting that wounded two students.

    Jury selection is slated to conclude Sept. 16, and opening arguments will follow beginning Sept. 20 in a trial that prosecutors said could last three weeks and public defenders said is likely to span more than a month due to a lengthy list of witnesses.

  • ‘You get kids out here, and they just shine’

    Kendallvue Elementary student Faith Wilkerson picked up a mountain lion skin, staring with wide eyes and paying particular attention to the remnant’s slack jaw and curiously smooth coat.

    “Whoa. This is so soft,” the sixth-grader said at the start of her second day at the Jeffco School District’s Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School. “The other ones I felt weren’t as soft.”

  • Body found at scene of Ken Caryl house fire

    Firefighters discovered a body Wednesday morning after responding to a house fire in Ken Caryl.

    The victim’s identity is being held pending results of a death investigation, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. No other occupants were found in the house, though a dog was rescued and placed in the care of neighbors.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received an emergency call shortly before 6 a.m., and 23 firefighters responded, assistant fire chief Scott Rogers said. The fire was almost completed extinguished about five minutes later, he said.

  • Chargers can’t get bats going in first loss

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — It was just a little rain and mild lightning in the distance, but the 53-minute weather delay, not to mention the pitching of Mountain Vista’s Jesse Applehans, proved to throw Chatfield off its game.
    The Lady Chargers, coming off back-to-back wins to open the 2011 season in which they scored 14 runs, were held to one run on five hits and the Golden Eagles’ Megan Brown delivered a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as Mountain Vista scored an 8-1 win on Aug. 31.

  • Kickoff coverage spells Chatfield’s downfall in season opener

    LAKEWOOD — Sometimes kickoffs can have as big an impact on the outcome of football games as offense or defense. A lesson Chatfield learned the hard way in its season opener against ThunderRidge on Sept. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    The Chargers allowed two kickoff returns for scores by Grizzlies defensive back Tyler Johnson, including one in the fourth quarter, en route to a 49-28 loss.