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Today's News

  • Lady Chargers finally lull Bears into hibernation

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers went into Bear Creek High School hoping for an easy win on Feb. 5.

    They got the win, but it certainly wasn’t easy as the Chargers fought a feisty Bears squad 47-38 for their fifth straight win in a Jeffco 5A League game.

    Chatfield (12-7, 6-3) would lead throughout, jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but were never able to extend it as the Bears (5-14, 1-8) hung tough and played the Chargers even the rest of the way.

  • Aspen dims CHS playoff aspirations

    The Columbine Rebels entered Feb. 6’s game with Aspen needing a win to improve their playoffs hopes. They left the game needing a miracle as they fell to Aspen 2-1 at Edge Ice Arena.

    The Rebels will now need to beat No. 2-ranked Ralston Valley on Feb. 9, a tall task in itself, and pray that several of teams above them lose to have a chance at a No. 8 seed for the state playoffs.

    “This was kind of a must-win situation for us to make the playoffs,” Rebel head coach Justin Depretis said. “Now we just have to cross our fingers and hope.”

  • Chargers rally to trip up Skiers

    The first period of Chatfield’s key Foothills League showdown against Aspen turned out to be an aberration rather than a harbinger.

    The Chargers shook off an unlucky start and a 1-0 deficit Feb. 5 and stormed back for a 5-3 victory over the Skiers at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Community newspapers not extinct

    Few industries have gone from boom to bust as quickly as newspapers.

    In 1989, I was working for the Rocky Mountain News, and times were good. Really good. Our circulation was soaring, and ad sales were humming along.

    Fast-forward 20 years, and many things have changed. The Rocky has disappeared, and several other major dailies have followed that same path to extinction. Craigslist has drained away classified advertising. The current economic downturn is taking its toll. And of course readers are turning to the Internet for their news and away from print publications.

  • Dog beloved by U.S. soldiers found safe

      Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a white-and-black speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

  • Jeffco backs legislation requiring maintenance of ‘distressed properties’

      Jefferson County recently crafted state legislation that would make foreclosing banks and other real estate owners responsible for maintaining distressed properties in their possession.

    House Bill 1118, sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Evie Hudak, was introduced Jan. 15 and has not been amended by the House.

  • Shorthanded Eagles hang on

    All teams have to face adversity; it’s just a matter of how they deal with it.

    The Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was put in a tough predicament when junior Danny DiFolco suffered a concussion Jan. 29 during a win over Standley Lake and had to miss some games, including a Feb. 5 showdown with Green Mountain.

    Without DiFolco and junior Cooper Robbins (knee) the Eagles overcame to beat the Rams 63-61 and remain atop the Jeffco League.

  • Signing day nets record for Chatfield

    National signing day is always historic for the athletes and their families. It can also be historic for the school they represent.

    The Chatfield Chargers saw three football players sign Division I scholarships Feb. 3, the most from that school in its 25 years.

    Chatfield athletic director Chad Broer offered that nugget of information as tight end Kyle Slavin (Colorado), quarterback Sam Stratton (Wyoming) and offensive tackle Alex Novosel (Nevada-Las Vegas) signed their college letters of intent, along with basketball standout Trevor Wages (School of Mines).

  • School board weighed difficult choices

    The Jeffco school board took serious actions on Jan. 14 related to managing school facility capacity. The district’s student population has steadied at about 80,000-plus kids, and students “choicing” in and out of neighborhood schools have affected the numbers of kids at different schools.

    Ken Caryl Middle School was on the block at one point so Jeffco could fill more seats at Deer Creek Middle School. A walk-through of the Deer Creek facility showed insufficient library, gym and cafeteria space for the roughly 1,200 kids that would be in that building.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

      Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.