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Today's News

  • A trajectory toward science

    If you’re trying to inspire kids to pursue a career in science, engineering, math or technology, it helps to have an astronaut and some liquid nitrogen on your side. 

    Lockheed Martin opened up its Waterton Facility in Littleton to about 1,400 kids last Thursday as part of its nationwide Young Minds at Work Day. Company employees brought their kids and their kids’ friends for a day of science-based fun that featured NASA astronaut Rex Walheim, along with a few rockets and frozen rubber balls.

  • Education veteran announces run for school board

    With three of five seats up for election and at least one incumbent not running, this year’s campaigns for positions on the Jeffco school board promise to be hotly contested.

    With the November election still six months away, longtime South Jeffco resident and education veteran Alonzo “Al” Rodriguez has announced a bid in District 5.

    “I have a vested interest in Jeffco schools,” Rodriguez said. “I have a son who is a junior at Columbine High School, and 13 of my grandchildren attend Jeffco schools.”

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  • Sports briefs

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    Van Lingen to replace Atencio as Dakota Ridge head coach
    Marv Van Lingen, Dakota Ridge’s junior varsity softball coach, has been named the school’s varsity softball coach, according to athletic director Matt Heckel.
    Van Lingen replaces Dave Atencio, who resigned in March to take the varsity head coaching position at Valor Christian.
    Atencio coached Dakota Ridge to nine state tournament apperances in his 17 years at the helm with the Lady Eagles, including a berth in last year’s title game.

  • Gators steal narrow win from Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine shortstop Michael Burns took off for home plate. The Rebels senior thought his hand got under the tag, though he did feel the catcher’s glove on his shoulder. It was a bang-bang play for sure.
    “I thought I had the bag. The kid had a long motion going home. Maybe I got a bad jump, but I thought I had the bag,” Burns said.

  • Bats slow to show up for Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — If there’s one thing Jack Kortarba and the Dakota Ridge Eagles don’t lack, it’s confidence. They believe they can score at any time, even when they’re trailing by eight runs.
    That’s what Dakota Ridge did April 27 at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park. The only problem was, the Eagles didn’t score enough runs. Their six-run rally, while valiant, wasn’t enough, as the Eagles suffered their first 5A Jeffco League loss 11-8 to Ralston Valley.

  • Chargers come up clutch late

    LAKEWOOD — Realistically, Chatfield Senior girls soccer coach Brock Blume said, freshman Bree Bezdek should have 10 goals this season, but she has only four. That’s how good she is and can be. Blume almost certainly is going to be a player to watch in the future.

  • The tale of the (duct) tape

    Ah, duct tape. Is there anything it can’t do?

    The handyman’s favorite tool to fix anything around the house is also one of the most versatile materials for do-it-yourself craft projects. The wide tape, which can be found in a variety of colors and designs, can be used to make anything from wallets and purses to full-length prom dresses.

    “My friend makes a lot of things with duct tape. She made a prom dress for her sister completely out of duct tape,” said Sarah Bruner, 13. “It’s pretty easy to work with.”

  • Collaborative technology connects Jeffco teachers

    The Jeffco school district believes that collaboration is king, and new technology lets a geography teacher from Green Mountain High School compare notes, tests and lesson plans with a geography teacher at Conifer High — without sending an e-mail or picking up a phone. 

    The online system, known as the “collaborative curriculum alignment process,” or C-CAP, lets all Jeffco teachers access curriculum and lessons plans — meaning the wisdom of one and all can be shared district-wide with all colleagues.

  • 200 honor crime victims at Courage Walk

    Gray skies couldn’t dampen the mood of the more than 200 participants in the 20th annual Courage Walk in Golden on Saturday morning.

    The annual event honors the strength and courage of crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to violence. The Courage Walk coincides with National Victims’ Rights Week.

    Jeffco probation department employees Brandy Lewis and Wendy Ala participated in the Courage Walk for the first time.