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Today's News

  • Two wins, forfeits just enough for Chatfield

    Shawn Damhoff could tell that his Columbine opponent Justin Hinkley has gotten better since their previous meeting three weeks earlier. Yet that didn’t matter to the Chatfield junior in their head-to-head meeting on Jan. 26.
    All Damhoff had in mind was scoring six much-needed team points for host Chatfield in its dual with the Rebels, and he did.
    Damhoff’s pinfall in 1 minute, 19 seconds was the first of only two head-to-head wins for the Chargers, but coupled with five forfeit victories Chatfield was able to rally for a 41-36 victory over Columbine.

  • Three seats open in May on Foothills board

    Three of the five director seats on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board are up for election in May, and two of the incumbents have yet to decide if they will run.

    No candidates have yet filed with the district for seats representing Wards 1, 2 or 5, and self-nomination forms are due on March 2. If no candidates come forward, the current board would cancel the May 8 election and appoint new or existing members.

  • Rebels don’t fall into Eagles’ trap

    The similarities were there, according to Columbine head coach Clay Thielking.
    The last time his Rebels’ boys basketball team played Dakota Ridge the Eagles found a way to utilize their full-court trapping defense effectively enough to send Columbine to its first and to date only 5A Jeffco League defeat. On Jan. 28, Dakota Ridge tried to do that again, but Columbine wasn’t having any of that.

  • School board eyes reserve funds amid budget cutting

    A committee advising the school board about more than $50 million in anticipated budget reductions cautioned the district Jan. 26 about depleting its reserves, as doing so could threaten the district’s “Aa” credit rating.

    In the midst of waning revenue from the state, the school district is bracing for cuts that will likely result in layoffs and increased class sizes, particularly in elementary schools. But to help cushion the reductions, the school board is considering how much, if any, of its $92 million general fund reserves to spend.

  • Class sizes in early grades get high priority at forum

    Nearly 100 South Jeffco residents identified student-teacher ratios in elementary classes and retention of the fourth- and fifth-grade instrumental music program as priorities at a budget forum hosted at Columbine High School on Jan. 28.

    The attendees — who included parents, district employees and a few students — also took issue with potential cuts to school technology budgets, custodial services and middle school librarians.

  • Sunday sports update

    SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD
    Boys basketball: Columbine 68, Dakota Ridge 55
    Boys basketball: Chatfield 66, Pomona 41
    Boys basketball: Front Range Christian 56, Nederland 50
    Girls basketball: Front Range Christian 52, Nederland 12

  • Bailey teen killed on U.S. 285

    A 17-year-old Bailey girl died early Jan. 28 after she jumped from a moving vehicle in South Jefferson County and was hit by another car, officials said.

    Catrina Fox was a passenger in a car her mother was driving about 1 a.m., according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Their vehicle was westbound on U.S. 285 near South Kipling Street when Fox reportedly opened her door and jumped out.

    She was hit by a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 17-year-old Littleton youth, Lewis said. Nobody in the Cruiser was hurt.

  • Saturday morning sports update

    FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD
    Girls basketball: Dakota Ridge 48, Standley Lake 32
    Girls basketball: Lakewood 52, Columbine 42
    Girls basketball: Ralston Valley 69, Chatfield 20
    Ice hockey: Chatfield 5, Battle Mountain 1
    Ice hockey: Kent Denver 2, Columbine 0

    TODAY'S SPORTS SCHEDULE
    Boys basketball: Dakota Ridge at Columbine, 1 p.m.
    Boys basketball: Front Range Christian at Nederland, 7 p.m.
    Boys basketball: Chatfield at Pomona, 1 p.m.

  • Student suspect in Utah bomb plot interviewed DeAngelis

    Police arrested a 16-year-old Utah student this week in connection with an alleged bomb plot at his school, more than a month after the boy visited Columbine High School and interviewed principal Frank DeAngelis about the 1999 shootings.

    DeAngelis, who has in recent years tried to accommodate students doing research about the attack, said he was shocked when he received a call from Utah police on Wednesday to confirm that the teen had visited Columbine.

  • Friday sports update

    THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD
    BOYS BASKETBALL

    Chatfield 66, Ralston Valley 51
    Columbine 59, Lakewood 34
    Standley Lake 51, Dakota Ridge 49

    THURSDAY'S ROUNDUP
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    CHATFIELD 66, RALSTON VALLEY 51
    -- Brenden Mann scored a team-high 18 points and Chatfield upset host Ralston Valley.
    Nate Rust added 16 points, Quinn Nishida 12 and Andrew St. Germain 10 for the Lady Chargers (9-7, 7-3 5A Jeffco League).
    Chase Duben scored 20 points to pace Ralston Valley (11-5, 6-3).