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Today's News

  • Eastwood faces arraignment on 15 charges June 14

    A county judge found probable cause April 28 to bind over for arraignment alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood on all 15 of the prosecution’s charges, including four counts of attempted murder.

    Eastwood’s arraignment is scheduled for June 14 at 1 p.m., when he is expected to enter a plea.

    Testimony from the preliminary hearing indicated Eastwood allegedly told investigators he had grievances with the school, which he attended in the early ’90s.

  • Tom Mauser urging Congress to eliminate 'gun-show loophole'

    Eleven years after his 15-year-old son Daniel and 12 other victims were killed in the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, activist Tom Mauser is pressuring the federal government to tighten regulations of gun sales at trade shows. Mauser took out full-page ads in several local newspapers around the April 20 anniversary of the shooting. The campaign specifically targets Sen.

  • Chargers stay undefeated in Jeffco duals

    The Chatfield Chargers swim team is enjoying one of their finest seasons in recent memory.    

    The boys can now add another feat to this year of memories — going undefeated in dual meets.

    In their last dual meet of the year before leagues, the Chargers edged out Green Mountain 159-153 on April 29 at Ridge Recreation Center.

  • Reprieve for Orion program may boost jobs
  • Volunteers break ground at Columbine Community Garden site

    A South Jeffco church is tilling the soil on a patch of untouched land that will eventually blossom into a community garden. The Columbine Community Garden, an ongoing project fueled by volunteer efforts, will grow fresh fruits and vegetables to be donated to needy families.

    Volunteers congregated at the 40-by-60-foot space April 17 at Hosanna Lutheran Church to celebrate the official groundbreaking and sink spades into earth, aerating the soil and mixing up its nutrients before seeds are planted.

  • Big surprises in Colorado Senate contest

    Before Coloradans went to their precinct caucuses last month, it looked like U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and former lieutenant governor Jane Norton were on their way to meeting in a combative and expensive race for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat. What a difference a month makes!

  • Little things become big loss to ‘Stangs

    Looking for a quiet place to relax this spring? Try the Chatfield dugout.

    The Chargers didn’t show much fire, conserved their voices while their teammates batted and were hammered late in the game April 20 for a 15-4 loss to Ralston Valley.

    The skill of the two teams was much closer than the score suggests. What was not close, however, was the spit and fire.

    “They played the game harder than we did on our home field, and I’m more disappointed in that than anything,” Chatfield coach Mike Yansak said.

  • The man who listens to the mountains

    One of mountaineering’s rock stars, who is famous for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen, recently shared the secret of surviving 32 years of exploring some of the most dangerous terrain on Earth.

    “You have to be cautious, train right and listen to the mountains,” Ed Viesturs told a sold-out audience of 150 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on April 10.

  • A republic, if you can keep it

    As the Constitutional Convention wrapped up in September 1786, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him, “Well, doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?”

    “A republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

  • Meningitis kills senior at Dakota Ridge

    Bacterial meningitis has been confirmed as the cause in the death of a Dakota Ridge High senior on Thursday morning.

    The Jefferson County health department sent nurses to the school to determine if any other students had close contact with the victim, whose name has not been released.

    “I can’t even imagine how shocking it is for the family, because it happened so quickly,” said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.