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Today's News

  • Proposed football conferences for 2012-14

    PROPOSED 5A CONFERENCES
    The following is a breakdown of the proposed 52-team 5A football conferences for the 2012-14 cycle released by the Colorado High School Activities Association:
    CENTENNIAL: Cherokee Trail, Cherry Creek, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland, Smoky Hill
    FRONT RANGE: Fossil Ridge, Fort Collins, Horizon, Mountain Range, Poudre, Rocky Mountain
    EAST METRO: Abraham Lincoln, Brighton, Northglenn, Prarie View, Thorton, Westminster
    CONTINENTAL: Chaparral, Douglas County, Highlands Ranch, Mountain Vista, Regis Jesuit, ThunderRidge

  • Columbine to play for 5A state title

    LAKEWOOD — It was just two plays. Just 33 seconds. But Cameron and Bernard McDondle covered 174 yards on those back-to-back offensive plays for Columbine. That’s all it took for the Rebels.
    Just over two minutes apart, first Cameron McDondle for 86 yards and then younger brother Bernard for 88, for all intents and purposes, ran Columbine back into the 5A state football championship game on Nov. 26 at Jefferson County Stadium for the first time in five years.

  • For Coloradans, a day for giving

    Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.

  • Sheriff losing officers to cities with higher pay

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has for years been losing newly trained recruits and deputies to other metro-area police agencies, which employees attribute to a longstanding hiatus of the department’s step-and-grade pay system.

    Though the Sheriff’s Office said it could not provide a specific number of employees who left for greener pastures, other local law enforcement agencies have been luring away deputies since 2007 with offers of better pay, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

  • Library seeking more employee buyouts as district battles to slash $800,000

    Too few Jeffco library employees have accepted voluntary layoff packages for the system to meet an expected $800,000 in annual savings, leading the library to seek a second round of offers.

    The measure was implemented to help the library meet about $2.4 million in cuts next year, a portion of which is also being addressed through decreased hours of operation at the system’s largest branches.

  • Littleton council names Brinkman mayor

    The Littleton City Council voted 5-2 on Nov. 15 to approve Debbie Brinkman as the city’s mayor, a position that carries the administrative duty of leading council meetings.

    The council also voted 5-2 in favor of appointing member Bruce Stahlman as mayor pro tem. In both instances Councilman Phil Cernanec was nominated though ultimately not appointed.

    Brinkman, who represents District 4, has a background in marketing, though she now owns an organization and interior-design small business.

  • South Jeffco lands in Dem-leaning congressional district

    South Jeffco has been lumped in with Denver in a congressional redistricting map approved Nov. 10 by state Judge Robert Hyatt, placing a largely conservative area into a Democratic stronghold — at least for now.

    Much of the southern unincorporated portion of the county, formerly in Congressional District 6 and represented by Republican Mike Coffman, is currently in Democrat Diana Degette’s territory.

  • A bridge too useless?

    All three Jeffco commissioners conceded last week that, in hindsight, construction of the massive pedestrian bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard was a poor use of federal and local sales-tax money compared to other road projects throughout South Jeffco.

  • A prescription for danger

    More people are dying every year in Jefferson County because of prescription-drug overdoses, a trend mirroring national statistics that the coroner’s office attributes to increased prescribing of opiate painkillers.

    By year’s end, the office predicts, 45 residents will die from unintentional drug toxicity. And though 2010 saw a slight drop in prescription-drug deaths, the anticipated number for 2011 would represent a 73 percent rise over those of 2005.

  • 2011-12 girls swimming previews

    GIRLS SWIMMING PREVIEWS
    COLUMBINE REBELS

    Head coach: Kristi Marosy
    Assistant coach: Tim Byers
    Classification: 5A
    Top swimmers: Ashley Horodyski, Sr., 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke; Erin Lemberger, Jr., 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly; Hannah Kuhr, Sr., 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle; Mercedes Clements, Sr., diver
    Season opener: Dec. 2, vs. Lakewood (at The Ridge)