Today's News

  • School board to host forums on budget cuts

    The Jefferson County school board will hear public comment next month before it approves nearly $40 million in proposed cuts to the dramatically reduced 2011-12 budget.

    The public hearings, to be held April 5 and May 5, will be supplemented with a string of community forums, at which board members will meet with their constituents to gather questions and comments. Five forums will be held on April 16 and April 30.

    A final version of the budget is scheduled to be approved at the May 5 board meeting.

  • A virtual standout

    The most rewarding part of Jeffco English teacher Kristin Kipp’s job is helping struggling students find success, a sentiment not uncommon among passionate educators.

    But Kipp, an Evergreen resident with a remote mountain home, seldom, if ever, actually meets many of her students in person.

  • Timely action on school budget

    Facing severe budget problems if the legislature agrees to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed budget, the Jefferson County School District took a new and dramatic approach to cutting its budget. A budget summit with representatives of the Board of Education, the teachers union, the classified employees association, the administrators’ association and district leadership spent a weekend with a federal mediator and came up with a $40 million reduction plan that has pain for everyone.

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  • Chatfield dominant against Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — After a disappointing 2010 season in which Chatfield went just 5-10, the Lady Chargers are looking like a force to be reckoned with in 2011. Already sporting big victories over Cherokee Trail and Cherry Creek‘s No. 2 team, Chatfield showed Evergreen it’s ready for a big year with a 24-4 victory over the Lady Cougars on March 24 at Trailblazer Stadium. 

  • Sebald’s early goal all Eagles needed

    LAKEWOOD — Damon Smerchek thought his Dakota Ridge varsity girls soccer team could’ve played better, that the Lady Eagles didn’t play to their potential. He felt that his team left a number of goals out on the field March 24 at Lakewood Memorial Field against Lakewood.

    But the one goal it did get from junior midfielder Hayley Sebald proved to be just enough. Her first goal of the season just 13 minutes, 16 seconds into the game was all Dakota Ridge needed for a 1-0 victory against previously-unbeaten Lakewood.

  • Chargers nearly blow Rodgers’ pitching outing, win in extra innings

    When your pitcher has a dominant performance you expect to win. But you don’t expect to need extra innings to do it.

    Yet that’s exactly what happened to the Chatfield Chargers, who got five superior innings from Tommy Rodgers, only to see their lead evaporate against the Arapahoe Warriors after Rodgers left the game. The Chargers turned it around, however, and eked out a 6-5 win in eight innings on  March 26 at Arapahoe High School.

  • Roundup: Dakota Ridge baseball team scores win on Arizona trip

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A.J. Valerio pitched a complete-game three-hitter, striking out eight as Dakota Ridge continued its Spring Break play in Arizona with a 6-1 win over Desert Edge. 

    Two days earlier, Dakota Ridge scored a 12-0 win over Ketchikan (Alaska) High School.

    Shane Romero doubled twice and scored two runs and Nate Fishel hit a solo home run.

    Dakota Ridge led 2-1 before breaking the game open with two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.


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  • Winds help stabilize Indian Gulch Fire

    A wildfire near Mount Galbraith west of Golden stabilized overnight on Wednesday at about 1,200 acres as high winds caused the blaze to burn back on itself, keeping the fire perimeter about the same size, according to the Jeffco Sheriff's Office.

    On Tuesday the Indian Gulch Fire grew to 1,200 acres from 850 acres overnight as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze to the area south of Golden Gate Canyon Road. The fire was first reported about 10:15 a.m. Sunday. It covers an area south of Golden Gate Road and north of U.S. 6.