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Today's News

  • Golden resident named to county commission

    Republican John Odom, a former candidate in state Senate District 20, has been selected to succeed Kevin McCasky as Jefferson County commissioner.

    Odom, 43, a Golden resident who owns part of Blue Sky Medical, a Wheat Ridge medical-supply distribution company, was announced March 1 as the Jefferson County Republican Party vacancy committee’s top candidate.

    Odom lost to Democrat Cheri Jahn in the 2010 general election by about 4 percentage points.

  • Ethics group files complaint against McCasky

    A formal complaint against former Jeffco commissioner Kevin McCasky was filed March 2 with a state ethics panel, Colorado Ethics Watch announced.

    The complaint was sparked by a Feb. 16 Columbine Courier story revealing that McCasky had proposed a $20,000 increase in county funding to the Jefferson Economic Council, which then hired him as president in January. The JEC is receiving $400,000 from the county’s general fund this year.

  • Charged up by music

    Violinist Cory Cranford’s first experience at a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert four years ago was memorable.

    The Dakota Ridge High School student listened in awe, taking in the unique fusion of classical music with rock ’n’ roll. And he was invited onto the stage at the show’s conclusion and handed a surprise.

    “They brought me up to the stage and gave me a guitar,” Cranford said. “That was the first time I’d ever heard of them. … They made me promise to take lessons.”

  • Falcons’ state hopes dashed

    DENVER — Vanessa Vigil, as effortlessly as she did in the first half, dropped another layup in the basket at Hamilton Gymnasium with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the third quarter to give Front Range Christian a 14-point lead.

    It looked as if Front Range Christian’s girls basketball team was less than 12 minutes away from a trip to Pueblo and the 2A state basketball tournament on March 5. But Sedgwick County, like it did last year, turned the Region 4 championship game into a bitter ending for the Lady Falcons.

  • Lady Falcons overcome illnesses to top Rangely in regional opener

    DENVER — Front Range Christian girls basketball coach Dominic Vigil had some sick kids for the team’s Region 4 first-round matchup with Rangely.

    Point guard Jennifer Vigil and top reserve Katherine Oosthuzien were under the weather, but played regardless and, fortunately, the Lady Falcons didn’t need their services in the fourth quarter as they coasted to a 64-50 win at Hamilton Gymnasium at the University of Denver on March 4.

  • Spring sports previews: Girls tennis, baseball, boys and girls lacrosse

    GIRLS TENNIS
    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Robert Campbell 
    Assistant coach: Teresa Gomez
    Classification: 5A
    Top players: Katherine Ross, Jr.; Rachel Frisz, Sr.; Kimberly Arssten, Sr.
    Season opener: March 15, at Fairview, 3:30 p.m.

  • Session has a long way to go

    Saturday will mark the halfway point of the Colorado General Assembly’s 120-day session. As expected, budget issues have dominated the first half of the session. Beyond that, the tenor of the session has been decidedly contradictory.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A variation on the sport of fencing

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A local man determined to sneak away from the scene of an accident unnoticed had a major hole in his plan — after crashing into a fence, a section of it attached itself to his car, serving as a fairly obvious pull-me-over-and-check-my-blood-alcohol sign to law enforcement.

  • Falcons’ season ends on flat note

    STERLING — Matthew Meek scored a game-high 19 points, but Front Range Christian couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 66-44 loss to undefeated Yuma on March 4 in the Region 2 semifinals at Northeastern Junior College.

    Yuma (22-0) jumped out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and led 33-14 at halftime.

    The Indians had four players in double figures, led by Shane Terrell’s 18 points. Darko Vukasovic scored 15 points, Jared Couglin added 14 and Matt Bowland scored 10.

  • WEDDING: Janusz – Murray

    Carol Janusz of Littleton is pleased to announce the marriage of her daughter, Elizabeth Michelle, to Richard M. Murray, son of David and Eva Murray of Valencia, Calif. The couple were married in a private ceremony in Studio City, Calif., on Dec. 29, 2010.