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Today's News

  • Health officials recommending pertussis vaccinations

    Jefferson County Public Health is recommending whooping cough vaccinations and booster shots for all children and adults, especially child-care workers and anyone who interacts with infants.

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 715 cases of whooping cough — also known has pertussis — between Jan. 1 and Aug. 11, and has called the illness an epidemic, said Nancy Braden, spokeswoman for Jeffco Public Health.

  • Don’t forget: There’s a war going on

    Here in America, we like the news. Our national press generously treats us to salacious details of Prince Harry’s escapade in Las Vegas, or the seemingly endless traffic travails of Lindsay Lohan. We’re at no loss for commentary on Britney Spears’ X-Factor judging style, or endless analysis of LeBron James’ fourth-quarter playing style.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    The learning curve

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Aparicio’s 41-yard field goal boots Rebels past Pine Creek
    COLORADO SPRINGS
    — Columbine junior Jeremy Aparicio hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to help the defending 5A state champion Rebels escape with a 13-10 win over host Pine Creek on Sept. 15 at District 20 Stadium.
    Aparicio had hit a 23-yarder earlier in the first quarter as Columbine (2-1) took a 10-0 lead. Bernard McDondle had earlier dashed off an 83-yard TD run.

  • Huskies’ offensive line, RBs punish Front Range

    BAILEY — They have nicknames such as T-Rex, Spike and Sunshine. And you can guarantee that they weren’t given to his players by Platte Canyon head coach Mike Schmidt. But when you’re winning the way the Huskies are thus far in 2012 you can pretty much call them anything you want within reason.

  • Dakota Ridge packs it together at Liberty Bell

    To ask Dakota Ridge freshman Cayli Hume there were two people who helped her pull through in her first Liberty Bell Invitational – God and teammate Vanessa Gonzalez.
    Spiritually, the man above was doing His part while her junior teammate was inspiring her on the course Sept. 14 at Heritage High School.
    “I definitely doubted myself a lot. Basically, I just struck with my teammate Vanessa. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without her and without help from God. He’s out there with me. He really strengthens me,” Hume said.

  • Long ball propels Chatfield to victory

    Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven, eight, nine. That’s how the joke goes, but on Sept. 13 the joke could have gone more like this — why were the Lady Rebels afraid of batters six, seven and eight? Because each of them homered to help Chatfield shut out host Columbine 7-0.
    The numbers tell the story. Jersey numbers six, seven and eight each homered. No. 6 played batted in the seven hole, while No. 7 was in the six hole and the end score was 7-0. Eerie? Just a little.

  • Turnovers boost Chargers early

    LAKEWOOD — Five minutes, 42 seconds. That’s all it took from the time Chatfield’s Shane Millard  recovered the game’s opening kickoff until the Chargers scored their third touchdown Sept. 13 at Jefferson County Stadium. Chatfield couldn’t have asked for a better start. Dakota Ridge, meanwhile, might beg to differ.

  • Planning Commission recommends rezoning for Foothills land

    The Jeffco Planning Commission voted 7-0 on Sept. 12 to recommend rezoning 10.2 acres of park district land next to the Woodmar community at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Coal Mine Avenue so it can be sold and developed.

    The property consists of two parcels on the east and west sides of Wadsworth, north of Coal Mine. The mostly barren, dusty lots are dotted with weeds, junk wood and prairie dog mounds. The land was never developed for its intended purpose as a park. Both corners across the street have commercial buildings, including a FirstBank and Carpet Exchange.

  • Voter information cards should arrive this week

    Updated voter information cards should be arriving in mailboxes this week, along with a special mailing from the state for people who are not current voters, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Elections Division.

    The general election is Nov. 6 this year, and the last day to register to vote is Oct. 9.

    The cards contain important information on voter registration, voting districts, precinct polling places, service center locations and mail-in-ballot drop-off locations.