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Today's News

  • Neighborhood Bookstore closing

    After 20 years in business, the last four in historic downtown Littleton, the Neighborhood Bookstore is slated to close March 31.

    “We’ve fought the good fight for too long,” says Elizabeth McCormick, who opened the bookstore with a partner in 1992.

    Both avid readers, McCormick and her partner wanted to team up in a business that was stimulating and rewarding.

    “We looked for a business that was ethical, that we believed in, something that was fun,” she said.

  • Proposed smoking ban would close hookah bars

    South Jeffco’s two hookah bars would be effectively shut down under a stringent smoking ban proposed last week by Jefferson County Public Health.

    Following results of a survey in which more than 80 percent of unincorporated Jeffco respondents reportedly said they favored tighter smoking restrictions in public places, the health department brought the proposal — which has not been drafted as an ordinance — before the county commissioners.

  • Students reach goal — and principal tops it

    Students at Powderhorn Elementary School this year took their fund-raising efforts through the roof. And, as a result, their principal and his trusty canine companion had to sleep there.

    Principal Mike Freeman climbed the steep stairs to the school’s roof on March 20, accompanied by only a sleeping bag and Chop the dog. And he was only too happy to make the ascent, after students eclipsed last year’s total in their cookie-dough sale to raise funds for classroom technology.

  • Youths find their way with help from Jeffco's Juvenile Mental Health Court

    Speaking on a church stage backed with a mural of clouds and blue sky, Arapahoe Community College student Jonathan Brott delivered an abridged version of his young life: acting out for the better part of a decade, ditching class, occasionally stealing and finding himself kicked out of his own home.

    Since age 9, Brott let aspects of attention deficit disorder, chronic anger and other conditions dictate his choices, he said.

  • Tanker planes deployed to battle blaze

    The U.S. Forest Service deployed several heavy tanker planes Tuesday, dumping tens of thousands of gallons of liquid retardant on the massive Lower North Fork Fire.

  • County health agency warns of risks from inhaling smoke

    Jefferson County Public Health warned residents late Monday about increased respiratory risks caused by heavy smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    A gigantic plume of smoke filled the foothills and surrounded the metro area beginning Monday afternoon, after the blaze scorched thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Dakota Ridge opens with fast start in Arizona tournament
    GLENDALE, Ariz.
    — Dakota Ridge won its fourth straight game and second in the Coach Bob/Boulder Creek Invitational on March 24 with an 11-1 win over Coconino (Flagstaff, Ariz.) at Deer Valley High School.
    The Eagles (5-1) opened with a 3-0 win over host Deer Valley earlier in the day.
    Dakota Ridge played two more games in the tournament after press deadlines. The Eagles return to Colorado to play at Golden on April 5.

    BOYS LACROSSE

  • Rebels impose their will on Valor Christian

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The old saying is that it’s not over until it’s over thanks to N.Y. Yankees legend Yogi Berra. But that certainly wasn’t the case March 23 when the Columbine Rebels’ boys lacrosse team met host Valor Christian.
    It was over almost before it started.
    Serving as a tuneup for Columbine’s three-game road trip to California this week, the Rebels imposed their will early and often in a 19-4 thumping. The 19 goals were a season-high for Columbine.

  • Lady Eagles just miss the mark against A-West

    ARVADA — It’s not like Dakota Ridge didn’t have its chances. Time and again the Lady Eagles got good looks on goal. But be it whether the ball sailed high over the net or directly into the crossbar it wasn’t meant to be.
    Amy Hayes and Adranna Brite scored second-half goals as Arvada West sent Dakota Ridge to its fourth shutout defeat of the season 2-0 at the North Area Athletic Complex. The 5A state finalists from a season ago dropped to 1-5 overall, 0-1 in Jeffco League play.

  • Ferrin, Falcons victorious in clutch

    LAKEWOOD — Zane Ferrin had a single-minded approach to his last at-bat. The Front Range Christian senior first baseman was sitting on fastball all the way. And it just so happened he got it on the first pitch.
    Ferrin’s walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh capped a five-run rally as the Falcons stunned Byers 9-8 on March 23 at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park.