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Today's News

  • New Zambonis bring sour taste

    Two new electric Zamboni ice-resurfacing machines costing the Foothills Park & Recreation District $240,000 have broken down or malfunctioned repeatedly in recent months, leading the board of directors to question whether the unique machines are subject to the state’s lemon law.

    Though the district purchased the new, more energy-efficient machines to much fanfare, the two Zambonis have so far both suffered broken steering mechanisms, programming errors and other mechanic maladies.

  • New Zambonis bring sour taste

    Two new electric Zamboni ice-resurfacing machines costing the Foothills Park & Recreation District $240,000 have broken down or malfunctioned repeatedly in recent months, leading the board of directors to question whether the unique machines are subject to the state’s lemon law.

    Though the district purchased the new, more energy-efficient machines to much fanfare, the two Zambonis have so far both suffered broken steering mechanisms, programming errors and other mechanic maladies.

  • Sports briefs

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Lady Eagles ride Cryder, Wood to victory over Standley Lake

    Kourtney Cryder scored a game-high 14 points and Lauren Wood added 12 as Dakota Ridge topped Standley Lake 48-32 on Jan. 27.
    Dakota Ridge (11-5, 8-2 5A Jeffco League) built a 41-21 lead going into the fourth quarter.

    Front Range Christian jumps out to early lead, tops Nederland

  • Chargers turning the corner as playoffs near

    It hasn’t always been the case this season, but Chatfield head coach Mark Glombecki believes his Chargers are playing the kind of hockey that they played last year. The kind that put Chatfield in the state semifinals.
    It would be a hard fact to argue after the Chargers won a season-best third straight game Jan. 28 at the Edge Ice Arena with a 3-0 victory over Aspen.

  • Two wins, forfeits just enough for Chatfield

    Shawn Damhoff could tell that his Columbine opponent Justin Hinkley has gotten better since their previous meeting three weeks earlier. Yet that didn’t matter to the Chatfield junior in their head-to-head meeting on Jan. 26.
    All Damhoff had in mind was scoring six much-needed team points for host Chatfield in its dual with the Rebels, and he did.
    Damhoff’s pinfall in 1 minute, 19 seconds was the first of only two head-to-head wins for the Chargers, but coupled with five forfeit victories Chatfield was able to rally for a 41-36 victory over Columbine.

  • Three seats open in May on Foothills board

    Three of the five director seats on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board are up for election in May, and two of the incumbents have yet to decide if they will run.

    No candidates have yet filed with the district for seats representing Wards 1, 2 or 5, and self-nomination forms are due on March 2. If no candidates come forward, the current board would cancel the May 8 election and appoint new or existing members.

  • Rebels don’t fall into Eagles’ trap

    The similarities were there, according to Columbine head coach Clay Thielking.
    The last time his Rebels’ boys basketball team played Dakota Ridge the Eagles found a way to utilize their full-court trapping defense effectively enough to send Columbine to its first and to date only 5A Jeffco League defeat. On Jan. 28, Dakota Ridge tried to do that again, but Columbine wasn’t having any of that.

  • School board eyes reserve funds amid budget cutting

    A committee advising the school board about more than $50 million in anticipated budget reductions cautioned the district Jan. 26 about depleting its reserves, as doing so could threaten the district’s “Aa” credit rating.

    In the midst of waning revenue from the state, the school district is bracing for cuts that will likely result in layoffs and increased class sizes, particularly in elementary schools. But to help cushion the reductions, the school board is considering how much, if any, of its $92 million general fund reserves to spend.

  • Class sizes in early grades get high priority at forum

    Nearly 100 South Jeffco residents identified student-teacher ratios in elementary classes and retention of the fourth- and fifth-grade instrumental music program as priorities at a budget forum hosted at Columbine High School on Jan. 28.

    The attendees — who included parents, district employees and a few students — also took issue with potential cuts to school technology budgets, custodial services and middle school librarians.

  • Sunday sports update

    SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD
    Boys basketball: Columbine 68, Dakota Ridge 55
    Boys basketball: Chatfield 66, Pomona 41
    Boys basketball: Front Range Christian 56, Nederland 50
    Girls basketball: Front Range Christian 52, Nederland 12