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Today's News

  • Rebels have a birthday bash with Dakota Ridge

    The Columbine girls all got first-year coach Sam Murillo a broom for his birthday.

    The Rebels completed a season sweep of the Dakota Ridge Eagles for the first time in school history Feb. 19 with a 45-38 victory on the Eagles’ home floor.

    “It’s pretty exciting,” Rebels forward Maddie Tedford said. “And it’s our coach’s birthday today.”

  • Third-period goal edges Chatfield out of state hockey playoffs

    The Chatfield hockey team saw it season come to an end after a dramatic back-and-forth 4-3 loss Feb. 19 to Lewis-Palmer in Colorado Springs.

    The 11th-seeded Chargers (7-6-1) never led the No. 6 Rangers (11-3-0), but rallied three times to tie the game at Sertich Ice Center, before the Rangers scored the game-winner in the third period.

  • Dakota Ridge High School Student Profile: Nicholas James Allen - senior

    Major activities/sports:

    • Golf: Qualified for U.S. Junior Amateur; Junior World; first-team All-Conference, four years; All-State, three years; second-first at Regional High School Tournament; first-second at Regional High School Tournament; 10th-, fifth-, and fourth-place finishes at CHSSA state tournament; fifth-place finish at Nationals. Optimist International.

    Work experience: Raccoon Creek cart staff

    Academics:

    • Current GPA: 3.6

    • Multiple AP and honors courses including AP Calculus this year

  • Lesson Plans: Fielder helps students develop an interest in the arts

    When Dakota Ridge High art teacher Alex Chick wanted to persuade her students that they could actually make a living from a career in art, she did so by bringing Colorado’s most famous contemporary nature photographer to the school.

    John Fielder delivered a slide-show lecture filled with his thoughts on color and form Feb. 18 in the school’s auditorium.

  • The road to leadership: AS DECA president, Dakota Ridge grad will sing praises of business group

    Many high school students dream of traveling the world after graduation, taking time to find themselves before plunging into another round of formal education at college.

    But a lack of cash and a surplus of convention mean that many grads never take the road less traveled.

  • Pena wrestles home second state title

    DENVER - Tony Pena needed 14 seconds to swell with confidence in his state championship match. With 16 seconds left in the bout, the Chatfield 130-pound junior allowed himself to feel elation.

  • Mr. Biggs’ owner apparently intends to relinquish interest in business

    The owner of Mr. Biggs apparently intends to pull out of the South Jeffco entertainment center and is planning legal action to force the former owner to take back the business, a development that surfaced Feb. 18 at an unusual change-of-corporate-structure hearing before the county liquor-licensing board.

    Owner Art Cormier, who faces charges related to alleged nudity at the center during a fashion show, has agreed to an immediate 15-day suspension of Mr. Biggs’ liquor license, should the business continue to be operated by Cormier or manager Larry Crook after March 20.

  • Crime decreases in Jeffco during ‘09

    Crime rates in Jefferson County dipped slightly in 2009, though the number of homicides was equal to that of the preceding four years combined.

    The county experienced a total of 3,037 major crimes, including homicides, thefts, unlawful sexual behavior and other crimes in 2009, down from 3,317 in 2008, according to data from the Sheriff’s Office. The total number of minor crimes, such as forgeries, fraud cases and trespassing, also ebbed, going from 5,708 in 2008 to 5,356 last year.

  • Events to benefit breast cancer victims honor Dakota Ridge grad

      Life is not the same for Deana Paprocki since she lost her 28-year-old daughter, Tessa, last year to breast cancer. But part of the grieving mother’s healing process is to let other women suffering from the disease know they aren’t alone.

    Paprocki and her surviving daughter, Amy Bartleson, are organizing a bowling benefit in Tessa’s memory that will raise money for cancer research and help provide mammograms to uninsured women.

  • Art is fine with Falcon Bluffs students

    Colorado painter Julie Madrid might never have imagined her work hanging in the main office of a South Jeffco school.

    But three Falcon Bluffs Middle School students hand-selected one of the artist’s iconic sky-scape paintings at last year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival, after the school won a $500 grant to obtain fine art. Madrid delivered the work last week and took time to speak with students about her life as an artist.