Today's News

  • Former state representative Witwer named to state reapportionment commission

    Boundaries for Colorado’s 35 state Senate and 65 state House districts are being redrawn this year, and former state Rep. Rob Witwer will be holding one of the pencils.

    Witwer, an Evergreen native who served in the state House from 2005 to 2009, was appointed last week by House Speaker Frank McNulty to the 11-member commission.

    Redistricting of state legislative boundaries takes place every decade, following the U.S. Census. Districts are drawn to reflect population changes, with each district ideally having about the same number of residents.

  • Loss of teachers among concerns at budget forum

    The elimination of scores of teaching positions and the potential demise of the Outdoor Lab program were among concerns raised April 16 by a small group of constituents at a Jeffco Public Schools budget forum in South Jeffco.

    Board of Education member Paula Noonan and school staff fielded questions at Columbine High School about the district’s budget, which faces cuts of nearly $40 million in the coming academic year. Jeffco’s reliance on temporary classroom buildings and the use of instructional coaches were also of concern to attendees.

  • A symbol of unity and resolve

    A small gathering of local residents waited patiently on April 13 at Columbine High School, where each made a ceremonious stitch in a patch for the National 9/11 Flag.

    The partially restored banner — which was found in October 2001 hanging from wreckage at 90 West St. across from the Twin Towers — now contains pieces of flags from across the country, including threads from the historic Lincoln Flag and, now, shreds from a former Leawood Elementary School flag.

  • Implications of state budget cuts very real

    Before the legislative session even started, we all knew that developing and passing Colorado’s budget for fiscal 2011-12 would be a terrible ordeal. After years of cutting the budget, there would have to be additional cuts of around $1 billion. In addition, term limits had created a Joint Budget Committee with little previous experience (only three years on the committee among its six members), and split control of the legislature meant the committee would be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.

  • Challenging math for Jeffco schools

    By Paula Noonan
    Thirty Jefferson County public schools recently received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award or the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for academic achievement and acaddemic growth in 2010. The Colorado Board of Education and governor give the awards to the 8 percent of schools that score highest in each category.
    Other numbers for Jeffco are not so great. The state legislature has finally put together the school finance bill that provides funding for all school districts in Colorado. Funding is on the down side of an arc.

  • Chargers’ Carter rules freestyle

    ARVADA — It was hard for Bryce Carter not to get excited about the 50-yard freestyle on April 16 at Meyers Pool. On one side he had Green Mountain’s Micah Blackwell and on the other Jeff Garnier of D’Evelyn -- his two best friends from his club swimming team.

    “I was really pumped about the race. It was a great race, a fun race,” Carter said.

  • Lady Eagles escape Arvada West’s upset bid

    LAKEWOOD — To say Damon Smerchek wasn’t happy would be an understatement. That point was exemplified more so when the Dakota Ridge girls soccer coach conducted a post-game drills session after the team’s game with Arvada West on April 15 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Oh, yeah, his team won. Barely.

  • Rebels share load in rout of Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — Things have been going well lately for the Columbine Lady Rebels’ girls lacrosse team. In a 20-2 win over Wheat Ridge on April 12, 14 players scored goals and going into their game with Evergreen on April 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, they sought to better that mark.

    And when Molly Secora scored late in the second half of the Lady Rebels’ 21-3 blowout of the Lady Cougars, she became the 15th Rebel to tally a goal.

  • Chatfield escapes scare from Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — For the Chatfield Lady Chargers, the score just may have been a little too close for comfort. Then again, they were playing rival Dakota Ridge and rivalry games do that.

    Nevertheless, Rachel Walker made sure the Lady Chargers didn’t suffer a letdown. But just barely. Her fourth goal of the game, on a 1-on-1 challenge of Dakota Ridge keeper Rebecca Smith, with 6.4 seconds remaining allowed Chatfield to escape Trailblazer Stadium with a 12-11 victory on April 16.

  • Baseball roundup: Rodgers’ masterpiece lifts Chatfield over Abraham Lincoln

    Tommy Rodgers threw a complete-game two-hitter as host Chatfield stunned Abraham Lincoln, 100-0, on April 15.

    Jordan Crites and Rand Good each had two hits for Chatfield (6-4). The Chargers broke open the game with six runs in the third inning and scored four more in the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.