Today's News

  • Wadsworth to be closed Tuesday night for bridge work

     Wadsworth Boulevard will be closed Tuesday at 9 p.m. between Cross Street and West Bowles Avenue, as crews pour concrete into the new pedestrian bridge.

    The road will reopen on Wednesday at 5 a.m.

    Detours utilizing Cross Street, West Long Drive and West Bowles Avenue will be in place for both northbound and southbound traffic, Jefferson County stated.

  • Spend now, or spend more later

    When I first started working, some of the best advice I ever got was, “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” Over the years, that idiom has helped me to step back and think about long-term priorities, immediate needs and how they should be balanced and prioritized.

  • Man hit by truck near playground dies

    Robert Husak, 19, died May 26 at St. Anthony Central Hospital, less than a week after a large truck hit him as he sat on a park bench near the Whisper Creek apartment complex.

    A helicopter took Husak to the hospital following the accident. The 19-year-old was trapped beneath the truck, which careened into a playground after hitting Husak and 20-year-old Matthew Maccord. Maccord was taken by ambulance to Swedish Medical Center.

    Charges have not been filed against the driver of the truck, Sebastian Kowzan, 28.

  • Liquor license considered for Edge Ice Arena’s new eatery

    Many hockey players find the prospect of postgame revelry unaccompanied by frosty brews inconceivable, and The Edge Ice Arena may soon be equipped to handle such a demand.

    The Foothills Park & Recreation District board on May 24 considered the possibility of a liquor license for The Edge’s new restaurant, which is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 1.

  • An Eagle helps the eagles

    Chatfield High School sophomore Cole Mickey spent his Eagle Scout project digging holes and cementing 13-foot posts in Clement Park last month, in the hope that birds of prey will be attracted to the area’s prairie dog colony.

    The project, which Mickey undertook at the suggestion of the Foothills Park & Recreation District, is designed to reduce the prairie dog population by making the small creatures easier targets for natural predators.

  • Columbine Knolls water slide a monument to fun

    A new $140,000 water slide at the Columbine Knolls pool takes riders through a figure eight of twists before spitting them out into the water 20 feet below, and pool-goers have to march up three flights of stairs just to reach the slide’s entrance.

    The slide, which opened along with the pool on May 21, is two and a half times taller than the old model, a tepid ride from 1994 that the recreation district’s director said was best suited for young children.

  • Local graduates embrace change

    Dakota Ridge alum Breeauna Shaver watched her group of kindergarten tots graduate to elementary school last week, and the symbolism wasn’t lost on her.

    The crowd of youngsters, with whom she’s played and helped teach in an after-school program, attended a very informal fete, a celebration of their diminutive transition from crayons to pencils.

    But for Breeauna and hundreds of other former Dakota Ridge students, the May 26 high school graduation represented a much larger step.

  • A dream denied

    COMMERCE CITY — Haley Milhollan, on her knees and her head buried in her goalie hands, knew it. The Dakota Ridge junior knew that when Bri Pugh scored in the game’s 75th minute, time was of the essence. When Mountain Vista’s Kortney Hix followed suit 48 seconds later, the Lady Eagles’ quest for a second 5A state girls soccer championship since 2003 was over.

  • Column: Forty-eight seconds can’t erase Dakota Ridge’s successful season

    COMMERCE CITY -- Brooke Flores was laughing. And even goalkeeper Haley Milhollan said that it was funny, at least in hindsight.

    Flores, the petite junior forward, got a chuckle out of her Dakota Ridge teammate almost swallowing her chewing gum. It was a harmless moment just minutes after the Lady Eagles lost a heart-wrenching 3-1 decision to top-seeded Mountain Vista in the 5A state girls soccer championship game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on May 25.


    Ed Woytek’s office at Columbine High School is full of memories. From the photo of he and his youngest son, Jim, taking the tour of the Field of Dreams in Iowa, to pictures at Coors Field to more photos on top of more photos, everything on those walls has a story behind it.