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Today's News

  • South Jeffco doctor offering controversial diet

    A South Jeffco doctor is among the few physicians to begin offering a controversial diet program in which patients consume only 500 calories a day and give themselves hormone injections in hopes of losing up to a pound a day.

    Dr. Julie Gelman, who recently opened a medical-spa clinic in the Swedish Southwest Healthpark, provides a monitoring service to patients on the hCG diet, a protocol established in the 1950s that has seen a dramatic resurgence over the past few years.

  • District eyes 'controversial' facilities plan

    It would take more than $500 million to upgrade schools, close some schools, build new ones and move students around to get the most effective use out of Jefferson County School District buildings, district staff told the school board last Thursday night.

    The proposed five-year program, called the Preliminary Facilities Master Plan, could not be implemented without additional funding from voters. The district is facing a $26 million budget deficit and has no money to upgrade buildings.

  • Shaping up with free classes

    Achieving physical fitness is likely the most common new year’s resolution, and Foothills Parks & Recreation is holding two weeks of free classes in response to the annual surge in exercise.

    During Fitness Frenzy, which lasts through Jan. 15, participants can join classes ranging from spinning to water aerobics.

    “The Fitness Frenzy gives them a primer, a taste of specific things,” said Foothills executive director Ron Hopp. “Because of that, they come back and sign up.”

  • Putting out the fire

    Quitting smoking is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions, and the Jefferson County public health department usually sees a spike in demand for help shortly after New Year’s Day.

    And though the county has its own tobacco prevention initiative, it does not offer a formal smoking-cessation program. Instead, the department refers residents to other resources, namely the Colorado Quit Line and the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

  • Grush’s rebound goal lifts Chargers

    Charlie Marchese took everything that Chatfield could throw at him for the game’s first 53 minutes. But it was in the 54th minute that the Chargers’ Nate Grush finally cracked through against the Columbine goalie.

    His rebound goal off a Kyle Davis shot with 2 minutes, 24 seconds left in overtime helped Chatfield score its second win over rival Columbine this season, 2-1, on Jan. 6 at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Rebels have way with TJ

    DENVER — Maybe it was Columbine’s defense, which set up the offense. Maybe it was Columbine’s patience on offense. Or maybe it was that host Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla, inept offense never got going.

    Whatever the reason, the Lady Rebels’ 48-8 rout at Thomas Jefferson High School on Jan. 8 was about as one-sided of a game as there could be.

    The outcome was never in doubt, even after starting guard Jen Peterson banked home the game’s opening basket 57 seconds in. 

  • Dakota Ridge rolls back into action after winter break

    ARVADA — Going back to work or school after vacation can be really tough both mentally and physically, but the Dakota Ridge girls swimming team proved that it wasn’t  bogged down as it won its meet with host Pomona on Jan. 8.

    The Lady Eagles won the match 101-75 at Meyers Pool, taking first place in eight out of 12 events. It would have been nine if not for a questionable disqualification of sophomore Kitty Nester in the 100-yard backstroke, thus giving the win to Pomona’s Savannah Millard, who had a time of 1 minute, 12.93 seconds.

  • Sports briefs: Heritage unleashes offensive assault on Dakota Ridge hockey team

    Tyler Boos, Sean McCarty and Cole Sweeney scored two goals each and Heritage blasted 39 shots en route to an 11-1 rout of Dakota Ridge on Jan. 7 at the South Suburban South Rink.

    Dakota Ridge’s lone goal came off the stick of Anthony Fonte with 2 minutes, 19 seconds left in regulation. Matt Scinski assisted on the tally.

  • Legislature gets down to work

    Your Colorado legislature convenes today for the first regular session of the 68th General Assembly. Legislators will join new Gov. John Hickenlooper to do the public’s business and must complete their work by May 11 to comply with the 120 days voters have provided them to do their work.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The four-step method — minus one

    SOUTH JEFFCO — Some people are apparently unfamiliar with the premise of retail commerce: 1. Shopper enters store; 2. Shopper sensibly selects merchandise; 3. Shopper pays for said merchandise; 4. Unless filming a remarkably unfunny sequel to “Mallrats,” shopper leaves store.