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Today's News

  • Foothills gives preliminary OK to gun-safety class

    A National Rifle Association gun-safety course to be offered by Foothills Park & Recreation District was tentatively approved Feb. 22, with the board of directors awaiting a contract with a South Jeffco private instructor.

    Though the class will be taught with fake guns and will not be held in Foothills buildings, the premise of associating the district with firearms evoked concern from a few residents and board members.

  • Red White & You will return July 1

    Red, White & You, the once-annual Clement Park celebration filled with fireworks, music and jumping castles, is returning this year after a two-year hiatus, the Foothills Park & Recreation District has announced.

    The event, which was canceled less than a month before its scheduled date in 2009 due to inadequate funding, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. July 1 at Clement Park.

    As in prior years, Red, White & You will feature numerous inflatable children’s attractions, live music and a fireworks display.

  • Justice has seniority

    Rose Moniak was happy when Ira, a regular customer at the casino-bus terminal where she worked in Lakewood, walked in as he had before, countless times.

    The two would often chat over coffee while Ira waited for his ride to Black Hawk, where he held a hotel job.

    Moniak, working alone, welcomed the company.

    But on a day in February 2006, Moniak, then 75, had her trust destroyed beyond full repair.

  • ‘Love your kids’

    Feb. 23 is not an easy day for Pattie Nelson.

    It was on that date last year that her son, Matthew Thieu, was shot in the chest after a gunman opened fire outside Deer Creek Middle School.

    But it was a day that by all accounts was spared from a far grimmer outcome.

    Still, the event left deep emotional scars, and it continues for some as a reminder of human fragility, one that has reinforced ties and highlighted the important things in life.

  • Don’t blame Hick — thank him

    Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking plenty of heat for his recentl announced budget, which includes massive cuts to state spending. Truth be told, he didn’t have much of a choice. If anything, we ought to commend his honesty in proposing a budget that reflects Colorado’s financial condition.

  • Golden resident named to county commission

     

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as the next Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, aWheat Ridgemedical-supply distribution company, was announced Tuesday as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Old nemesis denies Chatfield

    DENVER — Chatfield’s hockey team has a lot to be thankful for this season.

    The Chargers won 18 games. The Chargers overcame the early-season absence of head coach Bradd Markusch, who was sidelined with a benign brain tumor. And the Chargers reached the Final Four for the first time in school history.

    Unfortunately, for a third straight season, Chatfield’s season was halted by Lewis-Palmer.

  • 3-point barrage sends DR packing

    DENVER — Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball season came to a close on Feb. 25 at the hands of defending state champion Denver East. In a 5A second-round playoff game in the Alice Barron Region, host Denver East outscored Dakota Ridge, 62-47, thanks to a 30-17 advantage in the second half, to advance to the Sweet 16. 

  • Outmanned Columbine can’t hold off Falcons

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The Columbine Rebels boys basketball team was in uncharted waters. Not only had it not won a playoff game since 2005-2006, it hadn’t had a winning season since then, either.

    But even though the Rebels, under first-year head coach Clay Thielking, rectified all that this season, their 54-49 loss to host Mountain Vista on Feb. 26 in the second round of the 5A boys state tournament hurt just the same.

  • Roundup: Front Range Christian girls avenge loss, captures league title

    DENVER — Jennifer Vigil scored a season-high 27 points as Front Range Christian toppled rival Lutheran-Parker, 53-45, on Feb. 26 in the championship game of the 3A District 4 tournament at Hamilton Gym on the campus of the University of Denver.

    The Lady Falcons (20-1) went on a 22-11 run in the second quarter to avenge its only loss of the season earlier in the month to Lutheran-Parker.