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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Dakota Ridge nearly pulls off upset of top-seeded Chaparral
    PARKER
    — Host Chaparral got 18 points from Cory Calvert as the Wolverines rallied from a 12-point deficit to open the fourth quarter to topple upstart Dakota Ridge 60-58 on Feb. 24 in the second round of the 5A state tournament.
    Dakota Ridge (12-13), the eighth seed in the Ray Ball Region, upended Rocky Mountain 67-62 three days earlier in the first round. Then the Eagles built a 42-30 lead after three quarters against Chaparral.

  • Lady Eagles jump out to fast start at state

    One area of concern for Dakota Ridge’s girls basketball team this season has been slow starts.
    The Lady Eagles made sure that wouldn’t be an issue in their 63-23 win over Legend in the first round of the 5A state tournament on Feb. 22 at Dakota Ridge High School.
    Dakota Ridge scored 28 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

  • Column: FRCS coach pulls double duty with boys, girls teams

    Wearing a checkered sweater, Mike Anderson was his calm, jovial self on the sideline. However, sipping on some water between games, the Front Range Christian coach had every reason not to be so laid back.
    After all, he doesn’t coach just one team, but two. The second-year Falcons boys basketball coach also is Front Range Christian’s girls head coach this season. It’s a challenging task to say the least.

  • Chargers lock up berth in semifinal

    Chatfield kept its winning streak and playoff hopes alive Feb. 25 by knocking off host and Peak Conference top seed Bishop Machebeuf, 2-1, at the South Suburban Ice Arena.
    With the win the Chargers advance to the Frozen Four for a second consecutive season and will play Foohills Conference rival Regis Jesuit, a 2-1 winner over Mountain Vista in the quarterfinals. The game is set for March 2 at 8:30 p.m. at the University of Denver’s Magness Arena.

  • Columbine survives scare in opener

    Whether it was the fact that Columbine came out a little slow, or Mullen just played better than expected, or if it was first-game playoff jitters, the Rebels can exhale.

  • Community heroes teach life lessons to children

    Crouched on all fours and laden with layers of heavy firefighting gear and a helmet, Dan Wenger, a firefighter with West Metro Fire Protection, inches forward, demonstrating to a group of captivated pre-kindergartners the way to get out of a building in a fire.

    “Like a snake!” one child squeals.

    “I can crawl real fast!” another exclaims.

  • School board to end agenda-setting through e-mail

    The Jeffco school board is halting its practice of holding e-mail discussions to develop agendas, a member told the Columbine Courier following an investigative review of the board’s recent e-mails.

  • Jeffco elections division moving to Laramie Building

    Jefferson County on Feb. 27 is relocating its elections division offices to the Laramie Building from its current location in the County Courts and Administration Building.

    The move will consolidate the offices with the county’s ballot-counting center, which is already in the Laramie Building.

    The office will be closed Feb. 24 in order to allow the move. The office will reopen the following Monday at the new address, 3500 Illinois St., Suite 1100, in Golden.

    For more information about the elections division, visit www.votejeffco.com.

  • Jazzercise teacher delivers

    Pregnancy and exercise do mix.

    Those words could not be truer for Littleton resident Katherine McDonald, who gave birth to her daughter Macy on Feb. 13. McDonald’s labor was short, and the most interesting part is how it all came about.

    McDonald, 34, is a Jazzercise instructor at the Littleton Jazzercise Center. She’s been teaching for about a year, and the 9:15 a.m. class on Feb. 13 was going to be her last because her baby was due on Feb. 24.

  • Andy Kerr holds campaign event in new district

    House District 26 Rep. Andy Kerr brought his Democratic state Senate campaign to South Jeffco for the first time Feb. 16, meeting with local residents in the recently redrawn district that is up for grabs in November.

    Though four candidates are registered in the race, including incumbent Tim Neville and House District 28 Rep. Jim Kerr, both Republicans, only Andy Kerr and Republican House District 22 Rep. Ken Summers live within the district’s new boundaries.