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Today's News

  • Chargers edge rival

    Although the winter sports season has just gotten underway, the Dec. 4 hockey game between rivals Columbine and Chatfield carried a playoff atmosphere to it.

    The stands at the Edge Ice Arena were full of loud, boisterous fans on both sides. And, the action on the ice was hard-hitting and packed with intensity.

    In the end, the Chargers stepped off the ice with a 4-2 victory, thanks to three goals in the third period.

  • Dakota Ridge drops season opener

    Dakota Ridge’s season didn’t get off to quite the start they envisioned.

    A 68-61 Class 5A nonleague loss to Rangeview on Dec. 2 at Dakota Ridge High School was marred by a poor second quarter showing from the Eagles, who failed to make a single field goal and scored just four points in the quarter.

    “We didn’t play as a team,” said Danny DiFolco, who scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. “Guys didn’t trust each other. We talked about it at halftime, how we needed to come together as a team.”

  • Jeffco libraries expected to feel budget crunch

    The Jeffco Public Library system stands to lose about $1.5 million in revenue next year, as county officials anticipate diverting 0.2 mills of the current levy toward human services programs.

    Despite the expected loss, the library is not planning to close any locations or cut staff positions.

    “Our revenue situation is so tenuous at this time,” administrative services director Patricia Correia said of the specific steps the library will take to absorb the loss. “We will live within our means.”

  • Safety 'Net

    A South Jeffco author has an unusual message for parents about social networking sites such as Facebook: Be worried if your children are not using them.

    The Internet may be teeming with predators and creeps, but exercising a little caution allows teens to safely interact on social media sites, which are swiftly replacing the need for face-to-face conversations, the author says.

  • Rebels open season against state's best

    The Columbine Rebels can happily say that everything this season is downhill after Dec. 1.

    That’s because the Rebels hosted defending champion and preseason No. 1 Regis, which returned four starters from a season ago. The Rebels, on the other hand, graduated nine seniors and are a young team with a new identity.

    Naturally, the Raiders did what was expected, breaking loose in the second quarter and pounding away for an 88-56 Class 5A nonleague victory that was surprisingly positive for both teams.

  • South Jeffco residents hit the stores on Black Friday in search of bargains

    As much of the nation was recovering from the gastronomic surfeit of Thanksgiving, many Americans eagerly partook in a less sedate pastime by pitching tents outside Best Buys and Walmarts.

    Veritable hordes waited during the wee hours Friday for early openings at big-box stores that were offering deep discounts on plasma TVs, small appliances and other consumer goods.

    “It’s been a very good day for us,” said Ben Delong, a PC sales manager at Ultimate Electronics on West Bowles Avenue.

  • A friendly letter to the commissioners

    Dear Jeffco commissioners:

    I hadn’t heard from you recently, so I wanted to write and see how things were going. Our attorney was on the phone the other day, and he also asked after the three of you.

    Specifically, we’re wondering about the letter we sent you on Monday, July 27 — the one pointing out that your discussion of public business via e-mail was a clear violation of Colorado law.

  • Ambitious pictorial history delivers Jeffco saga in detail

    How many know that the scar above the Chimney Creek Condominiums in Genesee is where the Denver Ski Club built a ski jump in 1921?

    The fascinating history of Jefferson County from the pioneer days to the Bucksnort Saloon, Lockheed Martin and suburban housing developments, is obsessively chronicled in “Jefferson County, Colorado: A Unique and Eventful History.”

  • Chargers win Tip Off Classic

    Chatfield coach Gary Anderson admits he has a lot of questions about his boys basketball team, namely how will the third-ranked Chargers perform in a season of lofty talent and expectations?

    He got one answer Dec. 4 when the Chargers rallied for a 84-79 double-overtime victory over Fairview in the final of the sixth annual Heritage/ThunderRidge Tip Off Classic.

    “I will not question this team’s toughness ever again,” Anderson said at Heritage High School.

  • On the trail of holiday lights

    The bright, saturated hues of the holiday-themed Trail of Lights display at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are returning Dec. 4 through Jan. 3 for the second year.

    Hanging on barns, an antique ranch house and a variety of trees will be more than 1 million small bulbs, which will be illuminated from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

    Among the features at the Chatfield Gardens are a children’s treehouse, a barn that is home to chickens and sheep, and a circa-1880s farmhouse.