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Today's News

  • Chatfield’s Vigil, three others qualify for state

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Michael Vigil, who transferred to Chatfield’s wrestling team this season after Dakota Ridge’s program was cut for the 2010-11 season, took second place at the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coronado High School on Feb. 12.

    The 119-pounder reached the finals before being pinned by Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jacob Mondragon in 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

  • Eagles chasing league crown

    After winning its past three games by eight points or less, Dakota Ridge allowed its fans to breathe a little easier on Feb. 11 at Dakota Ridge High School. 

    The Lady Eagles picked up an easy 61-44 victory over visiting Lakewood to stay alive in the race for the 5A Jeffco League Title. Wins in their final two regular season games, including one at Ralston Valley on Feb. 15 — results from that game weren’t available at press time — would give the Eagles (16-5, 11-3 5A Jeffco) at least a share of the league crown. 

  • Jeffco graduation rates dip slightly

    Jeffco’s 2010 high school graduation rates were slightly higher than statewide averages, figures released last week from the Colorado Department of Education show. But the district’s own rate dropped slightly from 2009.

    Among all Jeffco high schools, 5,390 students graduated within traditional four-year timelines, a new standard utilized by the Department of Education. The graduation rate for 2010 was 78.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2009 but nonetheless higher than the current statewide average of 72.4 percent.

  • Rebels’ defense slows down RV

    ARVADA — A change in defensive scheme may be what leads Columbine to a 5A Jeffco league championship.

    Playing man-to-man defense early in the Rebels’ Feb. 11 matchup with host Ralston Valley, Columbine fell behind by seven points early before switching to a zone defense.

    The plan worked almost to perfection as the Rebels held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly an entire quarter and allowed only three points in the second quarter en route to a 50-45 win.

  • Roundup: Chatfield earns top-four seed in upcoming hockey playoffs

    The Chatfield Chargers were announced as the No. 2 seed out of the Foothills Conference by the Colorado High School Activities Association for the upcoming 16-team high school state ice hockey playoffs on Feb. 13.

    The Chargers (16-3) will play seventh-seeded Bishop Machebeuf (10-9), out of the Peak Conference, in the opening round on Feb. 18. The quarterfinals will be Feb. 19 with the victor playing the winner of the Air Academy (12-6-1) vs. Summit (12-7) game.

  • Pup-sicle: Terrier lost in 15-below temperatures rescued by neighborhood resident

    Life was looking bleak for Cleveland, a wire fox terrier who ventured out of South Jeffco resident Kathy Reilly’s backyard in the early hours of Feb. 2, when temperatures had dropped to 15 below.

    A succession of unusual circumstances led Reilly’s gate to be left open, giving Cleveland a bitter taste of freedom. But an unlikely encounter with a neighbor driving to work just after 3 a.m. proved serendipitous and saved the 22-pound dog from his likely demise.

  • Commissioner feathered nest of future employer

    Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky proposed an increase of $20,000 in the county’s contribution to the Jefferson Economic Council last year while he was a candidate for the private economic development organization’s top job, the Columbine Courier has learned.

  • Local Ultimate Electronics store begins liquidation

    Ultimate Electronics is scheduled to begin liquidating its merchandise Thursday, South Jeffco store employees confirmed, less than two weeks after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    How deep any discounts will initially be was unknown, and exactly how long stores remain open could be related to how fast the locations can sell their existing stock.

    “Once it’s done, it’s done,” a store employee said Wednesday.

  • Fate of local Ultimate Electronics store uncertain

    The fate of the South Jeffco Ultimate Electronics store at 8196 W. Bowles Ave. is uncertain following a bankruptcy filing last week by the chain retailer’s parent company, Ultimate Acquisitions.
    Nonetheless, the store currently remains open and has not had any indication that it will close, an employee said.
    The Bankruptcy Code’s Chapter 11, which Ultimate Acquisitions filed, differs from liquidation bankruptcy provided by Chapter 7, in that the business will reorganize its operations, which can include closing certain store locations.

  • Schools right to face cold, hard reality

    Sometimes you know that you just can’t win.
    I had a lot of empathy for school administrators across the Front Range last week when they had to make decisions about whether schools should be open during the frigid temperatures. All the school districts in the area closed schools Tuesday, and only Denver opened its schools Wednesday.