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Today's News

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Jeffco awards

    Boys basketball

    Chargers and Eagles lead first team

    The Class 5A Jefferson County League champion Chatfield Chargers and runner-up Dakota Ridge Eagles both landed two players on the first team for all-conference selections.

    Landon Vermeer and Trevor Wages were selected for the Chargers, while Dan DiFolco and Derek VanderVelde were honored for the Eagles.

    Columbine senior Neil Myer also made the first team.

  • Breaking the mold: South Jeffco resident opens Bowles Caf, focuses on breakfast

    When Tony Compel began to wonder what type of restaurant would thrive in South Jeffco, all he had to do was look at what was missing.

    Myriad Mexican restaurants are in evidence, pizza places proliferate, and fast food certainly can be found. But there seemed to be a dearth of places offering a fresh-cooked breakfast.

  • Crusty but creative

    Making the perfect pizza crust is a delicate art.

    Flour, water, yeast, sugar and salt are the only necessary ingredients, and the perfect combination is crucial. Adding just enough yeast gives the crust a characteristic, mild flavor. Too much yeast will make the crust as bloated as a balloon. And the temperature of the water had better be just right.

    It’s a balance South Jeffco’s Bob Bruso knows all too well — because he’s spent decades perfecting it.

  • Commissioners apparently violate open-meetings law - again

    The Jeffco commissioners may have violated the Colorado open-meetings law once again by holding at least one closed-door meeting with a lawyer who does not represent the county.

    Columbine Courier attorney and media-law expert Chris Beall sent a letter concerning the alleged violation March 11 to the commissioners and to County Attorney Ellen Wakeman. The board was scheduled to hold on Monday another closed-door meeting specifically to discuss the legal implications of the alleged violation.

  • A ‘silent angel’: Local couple determined to raise awareness about daughter’s disorder

    Tatum Moore is a beautiful 3-year-old girl. She and her older sister Tanner are very similar: silky blond hair, striking blue eyes and enough frenetic energy to power an 18-wheeler.

    But there's something different about Tatum. Her parents call her a "silent angel," a term used lovingly to describe their daughter's lack of communication skills. She likes to play like any normal child but can't always make her hands do what she wants them to.

    Tatum Moore has Rett syndrome.

  • Crash in Arizona kills Littleton woman

    A spring break car accident in Arizona killed two area young people, one of them from Pine, and injured two others, one from Bailey.

    Damon Johnson, 19, of Pine, and Katelyn Henning, 20, of Littleton, died in the early-morning rollover accident on March 13 west of Kingman, Ariz. The driver, Andrew Schall, 20, of Bailey, was injured; he was treated and released. A third passenger, Nichole Franco, 19, of Littleton was injured and flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • High Country Health: Preventing migraine is key to treatment

    If you don’t suffer from migraines, you likely know someone who does. The prevalence of migraine headaches is high, with attacks occurring in 17 percent of women and 6 percent of men each year. Many people with recurrent headaches actually have migraine without realizing it. Migraines are often very debilitating and adversely affect the quality of life of those that suffer from them. Despite this, there are many things that can be done to help treat migraines.

  • Haitian dance troupe puts recovery in motion in visit to South Jeffco

    Bill Nathan was seven stories above the ground when Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake struck the small island country. Nathan fell, slamming into another building, before coming to rest 80 feet below. He broke ribs, fractured vertebrae, bruised his liver and tore a patellar ligament.

  • Foothills to lower tax rate south of Hampden

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District will be lowering mill levy rates in 2011 for the majority of residents in its service area. The district refinanced some existing debt and expects to save more than $1.3 million over 10 years, and those savings are being passed on to taxpayers.

    Residents of Subdistrict A, which is south of Hampden Avenue, will receive the mill levy reduction. The refinanced debt includes bonds approved in 2001 to cover the cost of building The Ridge Recreation Center, Weaver Hollow and Deer Creek pools, athletic fields and other projects.

  • Average start not hitting the mark for Eagles

    For head coach Damon Smerchek and the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ girls soccer team, a 3-3 start is not what they had in mind.

    “The season has not started out as I hoped. We dropped a few games I thought we could win; the Legacy game specifically,” Smerchek said.

    The Legacy game Smerchek is referring to was the Eagles’ 2-1 loss that was the first of the year for Dakota Ridge, and gave the Lightning its first, and to this point, only win of the young season.