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Today's News

  • A sporting alternative

      Black-belt taekwondo instructor Ken Parks is looking for a few good castaways. They’re the folks he had in mind when he opened Red Rocks Alternative Martial Arts, South Jeffco’s newest dojo that’s a little less Stephen Oliver and a bit more Napoleon Dynamite.

    “The ‘alternative’ person gets lost. I kind of sit around the herd and just look for the ones who fall off,” Parks said of the traditional martial arts experience.

  • Apergis takes over late, steers Rebels to rally over Chargers

    The Columbine Rebels beat rival Chatfield earlier this season by dominating the second half.

    On Feb. 9, the Rebels got the same result, but didn’t pull ahead until the final minute of overtime.

    “This time we were down almost the entire game and had to come back,” Rebels guard Demitra Apergis said.

    Apergis’ twisting banker with 48 seconds left in overtime gave the Rebels the lead, and her three free throws sealed the 53-51 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory on their home floor.

  • School board renews contracts of four charter schools

      The Jeffco school board approved five-year contract extensions Feb. 4 for Montessori Peaks Academy and three of the 13 other district charter schools up for renewal.

    The board voted unanimously in favor of the contracts, which also included Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Lincoln Academy and Free Horizon. The board also voted 5-3 to approve a 20-year electricity purchasing agreement with CEI Roofing LLC, which would place solar panels on up to 30 Jeffco schools.

  • Jeffco wants residents to stand up, be counted in census

      Jefferson County is taking steps to ensure all of its 570,000 residents are counted in the upcoming 2010 census.

    The county is operating an informational census website and will be setting up a handful of assistance centers throughout the area staffed by U.S. Census workers.

  • Lady Eagles dish out big win over Chatfield

    An old proverb states that revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

    Well they must have quite a freezer at Dakota Ridge High School on Feb. 11 as the Eagles served an ice cold dish to Chatfield by beating them soundly on the defensive end and moving the ball well on offense on their way to a 54-35 victory.

    In their first meeting, Chatfield lit up the Eagles in the first quarter, scoring 24 first-quarter points en route to a 52-43 win. But this time, Chatfield was only able to manage 20 points in the entire first half as the Dakota Ridge zone gave the Chargers fits.

  • SPORTS BRIEFS: Swimming, wrestling and hockey

    GIRLS SWIMMING

    Horodyski a real butterfly

    Columbine’s Ashley Horodyski earned a trip to the finals of the 100 butterfly Feb. 13 at the Class 5A state swim and dive championships at the Fort Collins’ Edora Pool and Ice Center.

    Horodyski swam a time of 58.58 seconds to place sixth overall. Cherry Creek’s Kelly Naze won the event with a new state-record time of 54.25.

  • Chargers run away from Eagles

    Musically speaking, the Chatfield Chargers started out as a ragtime band Feb. 11 before blending into one serious five-piece funk group.

    “I thought we played with a great deal of intensity,” coach Gary Anderson said after the Chargers’ 71-46 victory over rival Dakota Ridge. “That’s a good team. Once we got that press and running going …”

    The Chargers found their rhythm.

  • Golden neighborhood suing Foothills over ward voting

      Residents of a Golden neighborhood are suing the Foothills Park & Recreation District over the district’s new ward voting system and are attempting to gain control over an area park currently owned by the district.

    The HOA is also encouraging its residents to sign petitions to secede from the rec district and is seeking an injunction to scuttle the ward voting system.

  • Fire destroys Jeffco kennel; nine dogs die

      Nine dogs died in a fire early Monday that destroyed a kennel about 6 miles west of Roxborough State Park.

    The fire, which burned the Pampered Pets and Doggie Dude business at 13906 Kuehster Road, was reported around midnight and was not completely extinguished until 4 a.m.

  • Cub Scouts collecting food for Jeffco Action Center

    A yellow and blue score of Cub Scouts marched out into neighborhoods Jan. 30 and delivered empty grocery bags to area homes. Pack 554, which is based at Normandy Elementary school, will be returning to the same homes Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. with hopes of collecting thousands of bags filled with nonperishable goods to be donated to the Jeffco Action Center.