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Today's News

  • 2011 Boys Golf Preview: Chargers’ Berry focused on his end game

    Nick Berry, admittedly, went into last year’s 5A state boys golf championship with the wrong mind-set. The Chatfield golfer, in his own words, didn’t play to win but more so not to lose.

    “I played a  lot more conservatively than I needed to and basically shot myself out of the tournament,” the rising Chatfield senior said.

    But, boy, how one day can change everything.

  • Koza embraces role as Chargers coach, replaces Brading

    Mark Koza has been around tennis all of his life, but the former Purdue University player hasn’t been around it full-time since he was coaching club tennis while in college.

    That’s about to change.

    Koza will start his first season as head coach of Chatfield’s boys tennis program on Aug. 23 with a match at Cheyenne Mountain. Koza, who was an assistant coach last season, replaces Carey Brading. Brading resigned earlier this year.

  • Sports briefs

    VOLLEYBALL
    Dakota Ridge to host tryouts
    Dakota Ridge High School will be holding Gold Crown tryouts on Aug. 20 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the school. 

    For more details, visit www.eaglesactivities.org or contact  Nikki Kneuer at nikkineuer@comcast.net or  303-588-9448.

    Columbine youth camp Aug. 10-12
    Columbine High School is hosting a youth volleyball camp for girls in grades sixth through eighth Aug. 10-12 from 8 a.m. until noon. Cost is $45. 

  • Our Readers Write

    A ‘Colossus’ waste of money
    Editor:
    I know it is the wrong word, but it is so appropriate that I just had to use it. Doesn’t it remind you of a giant marble statue used to deify some ancient ruler? Well, that is what the crosswalk at Wadsworth and Bowles is: a $3.5 million waste of taxpayer money.

  • K-12 funding needs a solution

    An odd convergence took place last Monday when oral arguments began in the case of Lobato vs. State of Colorado and supporters of Initiative 25 turned in nearly twice as many signatures to the secretary of state as are necessary to put the measure on this November’s ballot.

  • Town Hall Arts Center receives grant

    The board of directors for the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center announced that the organization has received a grant of $10,000 from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Planning board frowns on legalizing short-term rentals

    The Jeffco planning commission voted 6-1 Wednesday night to reject a recommendation to legalize short-term vacation-rental houses in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    During the three-hour hearing, 14 parties spoke against and three people spoke in favor of the proposal, which included some moderate restrictions. Opponents included a couple of HOAs from Littleton and numerous residents of Evergreen.

  • Chatfield swim beach reopens

    Officials reopened Chatfield State Park’s swim beach Thursday, following the fourth closure this summer due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination was likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

    Closures were initiated on July 7, July 20, July 27 and August 3.

    A similar closure happened last year, though such events are not necessarily an annual occurrence, a spokeswoman said.

  • Blues Festival benefit concert set for Clement Park

    Sixteen blues bands will take the stage Aug. 6 at Clement Park for the Blue Star Blues Festival, an event to benefit an organization that helps provide music therapy to children with life-threatening illnesses.

    The day-long inaugural festival will feature artists Mike Zito, Ana Popovic and Tommy Castro as headlining acts.

  • Wife of state Sen. Kopp dies

    South Jeffco resident Kimberly Kopp, widely known as the wife of Sen. Mike Kopp, died July 30 after a three-year struggle with cancer.

    After initially being diagnosed in 2008 with cervical cancer, doctors declared Kopp cancer-free a year later. Celebration of her recovery was short-lived, however, as she was soon after diagnosed with another type of cancer, small-cell carcinoma of the perimetrium, a rare condition about which most doctors knew little, the senator said in a news release.