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Today's News

  • Jeffco credit rating improves

    Jefferson County’s credit outlook improved slightly last month following a review by Moody’s Investors Service of Aaa-rated government agencies.

    Though Jeffco retained its current Aaa rating, which is the highest possible score, its outlook improved from “negative” to “stable.” Two days after Moody’s assigned a negative outlook to the U.S. government’s Aaa rating last August, it did the same for all Aaa-rated local governments linked to the federal government.

  • Proposed Jeffco map puts bike lanes on Kipling

    A proposed bicycle and pedestrian map recently unveiled by Jefferson County would transform the length of Kipling Parkway into a bike highway, adding about 20 miles of bicycle-specific lanes from C-470 in South Jeffco to West 64th Avenue in Arvada.

    The 40- to 50-year plan also identifies existing trails as bike and pedestrian thoroughfares and would add bicycle lanes to networks of other roads throughout the county.

  • A teaching tool in the Cabinet

    Photos and mementos from Powderhorn Elementary School principal Mike Freeman’s half-dozen humanitarian trips to Africa adorn his office, leaving anyone who enters little doubt the man has ties to the largely impoverished continent.

    Glancing briefly at the photos, the bearded father of six recalls trips on which he and other volunteers taught residents basic first-aid and simple medical procedures, empowering them to help themselves.

  • Prep scores

    ICE HOCKEY
    Jan. 4

    Mullen 6, Dakota Ridge 2
    Jan. 6
    Chatfield 2, Kent Denver 2

    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Jan. 3

    Dakota Ridge 55, Columbine 42
    Chatfield 48, Pomona 42
    Jan. 6
    Arvada West 40, Dakota Ridge 38
    Chatfield 46, Lakewood 37
    Denver Christian 33, FRCS 27
    Jan. 7
    Columbine 49, Thomas Jefferson 39
    St. Mary’s Academy 32, FRCS 29

    BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Chatfield qualifies 3 against DR

    Winter break, for swimmers, serves a dual purpose.
    It allows a bit of rest and relaxation, but it’s also the signal that play time is over and it’s time to get down to the business of qualifying for state, which is what the girls swim teams of Chatfield and Dakota Ridge did at the Ridge Pool on Jan. 6.
    With state finals only five weeks away, teams are racing to gain points and get every swimmer they can qualified for state. But getting back into the swing of things proved  to be challenging in Chatfield’s 352-254 win over Dakota Ridge.

  • Poste’s 3-pointer propels Eagles

    Most times when rivals square off a good game can be expected. The Jan. 4th tilt between Columbine and Dakota Ridge proved to be no exception.
    The Rebels and Eagles went back-and-forth in a seesaw game with Dakota Ridge (6-4 overall, 4-0 league) eventually claiming a 54-51 victory at Dakota Ridge High School.
    Eagles senior Abdullah Musleh led all scorers with 20 points. However, it was senior Chris Poste who delivered the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left. Poste finished with 11 points.

  • Chargers score early, often in rout

    Jeff Dawkins, unfortunately for him, was one of the players Chatfield did have the first time it played Columbine this season. The result left a bitter taste in his mouth. But he made sure early that lightning wasn’t going to strike twice this season.
    Dawkins scored twice in the game’s first eight minutes on Jan. 7 at Edge Ice Arena as the Chatfield Chargers more than avenged their earlier defeat with a 9-0 whitewashing of outmatched Columbine.

  • Moore pleads guilty to charges in Southwest Plaza bombing

    A man charged with planting a homemade bomb in Southwest Plaza Mall last April pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to related counts in federal court.

    Earl Moore, 65, had previously pleaded not guilty to an arson charge in May. A plea agreement was not available at press time, though Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

  • Roller hockey league looks to revive glory days in the new year

    South Jeffco resident Curtis Fulster was 11 when he developed a taste for roller hockey, slapping pucks across the makeshift parking-lot rink at the former Funplex site in the halcyon Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League.

    Now 24, the Dakota Ridge High School grad has seen the league burgeon to hundreds of players and construct a world-class $2.5 million two-rink indoor facility nearly Kipling and 285.

    And lately, he’s seen it struggle.

  • Building a better community, one grappler at a time

    As young students tangle and contort on a floor of wall-to-wall mats, jui-jitsu instructor Steve Hordinski watches and gently corrects the young combatants.

    Hordinski, owner of Relson Gracie Colorado, is in the business of molding youngsters into more confident people, one technique at a time.

    “We want to make an impact on the community in a positive way,” Hordinski said. “We want to teach leaders here.”