Today's News

  • Desperately seeking legitimacy

    If marijuana makes you giggle, it’s easy to have a good laugh at the plethora of dispensaries on seemingly every street corner in certain Denver neighborhoods. Talking with two patients who have benefited greatly from marijuana edibles made me straighten up and take notice.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Burglar feels the heat

    SOUTH JEFFCO — A burglar with mysterious motives apparently broke into local barbecue hut Schneids’ Smokeshack on May 4, smashing the door lock but taking no items. The cash register, tip jar and even an iPod were left untouched, leaving meaty questions about the true motive behind such saucy behavior.


  • Lady Eagles to play for state title

    ENGLEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles knew who they wanted to play in the 5A girls state soccer semifinal. They wanted Arapahoe.

    That’s because the Lady Warriors had dealt Dakota Ridge its lone loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat at Littleton Public Stadium on March 19. And, lo and behold, the Lady Eagles got their rematch May 21 at Englewood High School.

  • Third place just fine for Eagles’ Roup

     LAKEWOOD — Austin Roup, like every other athlete at the 5A state track and field championships, was hoping to place first, but slick weather conditions on May 19 played havoc on the discus competition. But not all was bad for the Dakota Ridge discus thrower. 

  • Columbine upsets four-time state champion Rocky Mountain

    DENVER — The Columbine Rebels weren’t supposed beat Mullen in the first round of districts, but they did. 

    They definitely weren’t supposed to beat host Ralston Valley in the district finals to make the state tournament, but they routed them. 

    Surely, the universe would correct itself when the Rebels played four-time defending state champion Rocky Mountain on May 20 in the first round of the 5A state tournament.

  • Rebels playoff run ends

    DENVER — Columbine had just dropped another one-run loss to Mountain Range on April 7, its third one-run loss of the season to open the 2011 campaign 1-7. Little could anybody, especially the Rebels, expect that on May 22 they would be four outs away from being one of only four 5A baseball teams left.

    That’s how close Columbine was to playing in the final weekend of the season. But Highlands Ranch had other ideas.

  • Pouring out knowledge

    When Dutch Creek Elementary School second-grade teacher Pat Taylor wanted to get her class’ attention, she often spoke in a Southern accent, a distinctive voice she spent decades refining.

    For Taylor, the method, along with sporadic impressions of Hollywood’s most famous Austrian, was but one tool she employed in a career of more than 30 years in Jeffco Public Schools.

  • Helpless Rebels watch as Cherry Creek ends season

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Lauren Snow walked off the field at Stutler Bowl, knelt down on the sideline with her emotions starting to flow. It wasn’t hard for the Columbine senior not to display her feelings.

  • Chargers’ Carter makes a splash in 50 freestyle

    FORT COLLINS — The day began with thunderous cheers bellowing from state champion hopefuls. In a sea of massive rosters and fans that packed the pool house, out stepped Chatfield. 

    With just a handful of swimmers qualifying for Day 2 of the 2011 5A state boys swimming championships at Eldora Pool Ice Center on May 21, the Chargers found a way to make a splash.

    After the team finished 22nd in 2010, Chatfield’s improvement this season showed as the Chargers tied for 16th with 45 points with Bryce Carter leading the way.  

  • Small-business owners voice economic concerns

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman walked away from a small-business forum May 19 with a slight surprise: Despite some evidence of a rebounding economy, the entrepreneurial outlook on that recovery is anything but sanguine.

    Small-business owners face numerous hurdles in making profits, many said, ranging from decreased credit lines to a tighter leash on government contracts. Some even cited a perceived decrease in “American values,” with an overall drop in work ethic and other issues, such as homeowners across the country walking away from mortgages.