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Today's News

  • On the road to Western adventure

    The Lariat Loop has launched a new name and a membership campaign to help promote businesses and historic sites along the 40-mile scenic route through the foothills.

    The group's new theme, "Lariat Loop, 40 miles of Western adventure," will be launched this spring as part of a cooperative brand marketing campaign to go along with its more visible status as a tourist destination.

  • Library district is not needed

    By Jeffco Board of Commissioners

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A Freon spirit is reined in

  • Repeat feels sweet for Rebels’ Campton

    WESTMINSTER — Tony Campton knows what it feels like to be a regional wrestling champion. The Columbine 285-pounder did it a year ago. But this season, his senior year, winning it again would be something special. So, he made sure he went out a winner.

    Campton, who recently signed his letter of intent to play football at CSU-Pueblo, used a methodical game plan to take down Kyle Jamison of Central-Grand Junction, pinning his foe in 5 minutes, 7 seconds of the 5A Region 2 finals at Westminster High School on Feb. 12.

  • Hartman named director of diversion services

    Former Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman was hired by the district attorney’s office recently as director of diversion services for Jefferson and Gilpin Counties.

    Hartman will begin the new position on March 1, heading 20 staff members.

    The diversion program provides nonviolent, first-time felons with opportunities to give restitution and seek appropriate professional treatment. Successful participants in the program are eligible to have felonies erased from their records.

    More than 1,000 participants are usually enrolled in the program.

  • Chatfield’s Vigil, three others qualify for state

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Michael Vigil, who transferred to Chatfield’s wrestling team this season after Dakota Ridge’s program was cut for the 2010-11 season, took second place at the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coronado High School on Feb. 12.

    The 119-pounder reached the finals before being pinned by Fountain-Fort Carson’s Jacob Mondragon in 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

  • Eagles chasing league crown

    After winning its past three games by eight points or less, Dakota Ridge allowed its fans to breathe a little easier on Feb. 11 at Dakota Ridge High School. 

    The Lady Eagles picked up an easy 61-44 victory over visiting Lakewood to stay alive in the race for the 5A Jeffco League Title. Wins in their final two regular season games, including one at Ralston Valley on Feb. 15 — results from that game weren’t available at press time — would give the Eagles (16-5, 11-3 5A Jeffco) at least a share of the league crown. 

  • Jeffco graduation rates dip slightly

    Jeffco’s 2010 high school graduation rates were slightly higher than statewide averages, figures released last week from the Colorado Department of Education show. But the district’s own rate dropped slightly from 2009.

    Among all Jeffco high schools, 5,390 students graduated within traditional four-year timelines, a new standard utilized by the Department of Education. The graduation rate for 2010 was 78.1 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from 2009 but nonetheless higher than the current statewide average of 72.4 percent.

  • Rebels’ defense slows down RV

    ARVADA — A change in defensive scheme may be what leads Columbine to a 5A Jeffco league championship.

    Playing man-to-man defense early in the Rebels’ Feb. 11 matchup with host Ralston Valley, Columbine fell behind by seven points early before switching to a zone defense.

    The plan worked almost to perfection as the Rebels held the Mustangs scoreless for nearly an entire quarter and allowed only three points in the second quarter en route to a 50-45 win.

  • Roundup: Chatfield earns top-four seed in upcoming hockey playoffs

    The Chatfield Chargers were announced as the No. 2 seed out of the Foothills Conference by the Colorado High School Activities Association for the upcoming 16-team high school state ice hockey playoffs on Feb. 13.

    The Chargers (16-3) will play seventh-seeded Bishop Machebeuf (10-9), out of the Peak Conference, in the opening round on Feb. 18. The quarterfinals will be Feb. 19 with the victor playing the winner of the Air Academy (12-6-1) vs. Summit (12-7) game.