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Today's News

  • Chargers rout rival Rebels

    DENVER — Chatfield against Columbine is always an intense rivalry, especially when it comes to lacrosse.     

    Add in the setting of Invesco Field, and the rivalry becomes just that much better.

    Unfortunately for the Rebels, however, they just couldn’t hang with the No. 5-ranked team in the state, as the Chargers built a big lead and put away Columbine early in the second half on their way to a 10-3 win on April 10.

  • Eagles give Ralston Valley a full dose of Mace

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles needed someone to do something incredible April 7.

    Carly Mace was listening.

    “I was like, ‘Well, I guess I should be the person to step it up,’” the junior striker said.

    Voila. Mace shattered a tie game against Ralston Valley, scoring a hat-trick over a seven-minute span as the Eagles ran out 5-1 winners at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    “It was so exciting,” Mace said. “I haven’t had a hat-trick all year.”

  • Jeffco resurrects HR director position

     

    Jefferson County has hired a new human resources director, resurrecting a position that was eliminated in 2007 by former county administrator Jim Moore.

    Jennifer Fairweather, previously human resources director for the Denver Human Services Department, began her job at Jeffco on March 31.

    County Administrator Ralph Schell stressed that Fairweather’s position is a new one, at least in terms of the county’s administrative structure.

  • Former county administrator sues Jeffco

    Former county administrator Jim Moore filed a lawsuit April 5 against Jefferson County and its three commissioners, alleging the county violated provisions of his employment contract, denied him benefits and wrongfully fired him.

  • Appeal hearing for marijuana dispensary postponed

    The appeal hearing for a South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary owner was rescheduled last week because a member of the board of adjustment was absent. The next hearing for Footprints Health & Wellness owner Marc Giuliani is scheduled for April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

    The dispensary is contesting a Jefferson County zoning violation notice that could force the business to close if it is upheld.

     

  • A primer on pre-primary politics

    With precinct caucuses now in the books, the 2010 election season is officially under way. Caucuses are an important first step in the nominating process, through which each major party selects its nominees for the general election this fall. 

    With the exception of presidential nominations, there isn’t much public attention given to the way parties pick their candidates. It’s as though each November we’re presented with a ballot listing a Democrat, a Republican and perhaps one or more third-party candidates, with the winner assuming public office.

  • Helicopter crash-lands on Mount Morrison

    A helicopter crash-landed on Mount Morrison above Red Rocks early Sunday morning just after the Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater.

    Two people aboard the chopper, a flight instructor and a student, suffered minor injuries when the copter went down around 7:30 a.m., said Cindy Matthews, spokeswoman for West Metro Fire. A May Day call had gone out from the copter saying it was heading for a concrete pad on Mount Morrison, Matthews said.

    The craft ended up putting down on the side of the mountain, then tipped over, its blades cutting into the slope.

  • 40-unit nursing facility proposed for vacant plot

      A specialized nursing home that would treat patients suffering from neurological trauma could soon be under construction in South Jeffco.

    Representatives from Care Meridian, which operates 16 such facilities in a handful of states, met with about 20 local residents March 30 to address concerns, including the potential for increased traffic and noise pollution.

  • Big innings reap big win for Farmers

    Big innings are killing the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

    First it was their March 11 game at Cherry Creek when the Eagles allowed the Bruins to put up a seven-run second inning, followed by a five-run sixth in a 15-5 loss.

    This time it was Wheat Ridge doing damage in the same innings, as the Farmers also put up seven runs in the second inning and added six in the sixth to cruise to a 13-5 win on April 8 at Dakota Ridge.

  • Young athlete takes dead aim

    CONIFER — Tanner Clem isn’t Robin Hood.

    The 11-year-old, however, might just be better when it comes to stringing up a bow and hitting a target. And he doesn’t have to wear those green tights.

    Tanner, a fifth-grader at Marshdale Elementary, has been into archery since he was 4. About three years ago, he entered his first formal competition. Last month, he took first place in his age group at the National Indoor Championships in Louisville, Ky.