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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Jeffco kennel; nine dogs die

      Nine dogs died in a fire early Monday that destroyed a kennel about 6 miles west of Roxborough State Park.

    The fire, which burned the Pampered Pets and Doggie Dude business at 13906 Kuehster Road, was reported around midnight and was not completely extinguished until 4 a.m.

  • Cub Scouts collecting food for Jeffco Action Center

    A yellow and blue score of Cub Scouts marched out into neighborhoods Jan. 30 and delivered empty grocery bags to area homes. Pack 554, which is based at Normandy Elementary school, will be returning to the same homes Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. with hopes of collecting thousands of bags filled with nonperishable goods to be donated to the Jeffco Action Center.

  • Wrestling: Pena loses in Jeffco championship

    Chatfield junior standout Tony Pena was upset Feb. 6 in the cross-classification final of the Jefferson County League at Columbine. Pena won the Class 5A 130-pound bracket before facing Wheat Ridge’s Nick Swanson in the final and losing a 4-3 decision.

    Pena was the only wrestler from Chatfield, Columbine or Dakota Ridge to win his 5A weight.

    Wrestlers head to regionals this weekend before next week’s state tournament, which runs Feb. 18-20 at Pepsi Center.

  • Lady Chargers finally lull Bears into hibernation

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers went into Bear Creek High School hoping for an easy win on Feb. 5.

    They got the win, but it certainly wasn’t easy as the Chargers fought a feisty Bears squad 47-38 for their fifth straight win in a Jeffco 5A League game.

    Chatfield (12-7, 6-3) would lead throughout, jumping out to a 9-0 lead, but were never able to extend it as the Bears (5-14, 1-8) hung tough and played the Chargers even the rest of the way.

  • Aspen dims CHS playoff aspirations

    The Columbine Rebels entered Feb. 6’s game with Aspen needing a win to improve their playoffs hopes. They left the game needing a miracle as they fell to Aspen 2-1 at Edge Ice Arena.

    The Rebels will now need to beat No. 2-ranked Ralston Valley on Feb. 9, a tall task in itself, and pray that several of teams above them lose to have a chance at a No. 8 seed for the state playoffs.

    “This was kind of a must-win situation for us to make the playoffs,” Rebel head coach Justin Depretis said. “Now we just have to cross our fingers and hope.”

  • Chargers rally to trip up Skiers

    The first period of Chatfield’s key Foothills League showdown against Aspen turned out to be an aberration rather than a harbinger.

    The Chargers shook off an unlucky start and a 1-0 deficit Feb. 5 and stormed back for a 5-3 victory over the Skiers at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Community newspapers not extinct

    Few industries have gone from boom to bust as quickly as newspapers.

    In 1989, I was working for the Rocky Mountain News, and times were good. Really good. Our circulation was soaring, and ad sales were humming along.

    Fast-forward 20 years, and many things have changed. The Rocky has disappeared, and several other major dailies have followed that same path to extinction. Craigslist has drained away classified advertising. The current economic downturn is taking its toll. And of course readers are turning to the Internet for their news and away from print publications.

  • Dog beloved by U.S. soldiers found safe

      Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a white-and-black speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

  • Jeffco backs legislation requiring maintenance of ‘distressed properties’

      Jefferson County recently crafted state legislation that would make foreclosing banks and other real estate owners responsible for maintaining distressed properties in their possession.

    House Bill 1118, sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Evie Hudak, was introduced Jan. 15 and has not been amended by the House.

  • Shorthanded Eagles hang on

    All teams have to face adversity; it’s just a matter of how they deal with it.

    The Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was put in a tough predicament when junior Danny DiFolco suffered a concussion Jan. 29 during a win over Standley Lake and had to miss some games, including a Feb. 5 showdown with Green Mountain.

    Without DiFolco and junior Cooper Robbins (knee) the Eagles overcame to beat the Rams 63-61 and remain atop the Jeffco League.