Today's News

  • Poll gauges views on Open Space parks

    The most visited of the 25 parks in the Jeffco Open Space system are Crown Hill Park in unincorporated Jeffco between Lakewood and Wheat Ridge and Lair o’ the Bear Park on Bear Creek.
    For those seeking peace, quiet and solitude, it might be interesting to know the least frequently visited open space areas are Pine Valley Ranch, Windy Saddle and Centennial Cone parks.
    Children are most likely to be visiting Lair o’ the Bear, Deer Creek Canyon and Apex parks.

  • Think tank to help fuel Littleton’s economic future

    Littleton is assembling a volunteer think tank to envision the city’s future economic development.
    Over the course of six months, professionals in business, development and banking will hash out a plan the City Council would use for guidance — a step some council members said is necessary to help boost the city’s economic prosperity.

  • Clothing boutique weaves a way with customers

    A little boutique at Wadsworth and Chatfield has a big commitment to the community — and its owners hope that translates into a loyal customer base.
    Trendz Boutique, a small clothing store originally based in a basement, has moved into a retail storefront but still offers its unique line of women’s clothing and accessories. And it still emphasizes a philosophy of giving back to the local community.
    The boutique was the brainchild of Nancy Marquez and Jennifer Tiell, two Shaffer Elementary moms who met one year during the school’s talent show.

  • South Jeffco couple convicted of child abuse

    A Jefferson County jury found Christine and Randal Arnold guilty April 18 of multiple counts of child abuse related to the alleged malnourishment and physical abuse of their 6-year-old adopted son.

    When first responders found the boy at the couple’s home in 2010, he weighed only 30 pounds, was semiconscious and was covered in bruises similar in shape to a belt buckle found in the home, prosecutors said.

  • Lacrosse event brings teams, charity together

    Columbine coach Matt Plitnick wanted to string together something for his players, something to promote boys lacrosse and also to raise money. But what exactly?


  • School district weighs annual contribution to economic-development group

    With approval of its 2012-13 budget expected next month, the Jeffco school board is evaluating its annual contributions to numerous organizations, including the Jefferson County Economic Development Corp.

    After an April 5 EDC presentation, the board praised the working relationship between the district and the economic-development group, though at least one school board member later expressed reservations about making the annual contribution, particularly as the future of state funding for education remains uncertain.

  • Sports briefs

    Columbine stretches streak to eight straight with 5-1 victory
    ­— Rylie O’Keefe scored two goals and Abbey Roelfson had two assists as Columbine won its eighth straight with a 5-1 win over host George Washington on April 13.
    Ember Albertson added a goal and two assists for the Lady Rebels (8-1).

    Ashmore, Standley Lake upend Chatfield in double overtime

  • Ross gets nod this time in Chatfield’s victory over Bear Creek

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield No. 1 singles tennis player, senior Katherine Ross, proved April 12 that winning doesn’t have to come at the cost of respect and sportsmanship.
    The Chatfield girls’ tennis team beat host Bear Creek 5-2 in a match that brought long-time rivals Ross and Bear Creek sophomore Alex Martinelli back on the court. Ross and Martinelli have played each other twice a year — once in the regular season and then again at regionals — for the past two years with each rotating wins.

  • Eagles take flight in second half

    So what if it was Friday the 13th. It was also Heritage head coach Brandt Hodgson’s 42nd birthday, and his Eagles gave him quite the present.
    A second-half flurry of five goals in four minutes of the third period — three straight by senior midfielder Sean Sullivan — rallied Heritage from a halftime deficit to a 10-4 victory over rival Littleton on April 13 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium.

  • Rebels feel win was lackluster at best

    By the time Columbine had finished off a 9-3 boys lacrosse victory over archrival Chatfield on April 13 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium it was difficult to tell which team actually came out the victor.
    The Rebels, in spite of scoring the game’s first five goals, including three within a span of 72 seconds early in the second half, never trailed, but also didn’t feel like a team that had just won its fourth straight and beaten the Chargers for a second consecutive season.