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Today's News

  • Flood of comments delays report on Chatfield Reservoir expansion

    Jeffco will have to wait until the end of the year before it can see an Army Corps of Engineers report on the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir. 

    The controversial expansion would raise the reservoir by 12 feet and flood 600 acres to help meet the area’s rising water needs. The corps’ report was originally due at the end of 2012 but was delayed due to the extensive public comment on the project. 

    Monique Farmer, a senior spokeswoman for the corps, confirmed that the public unleashed a barrage of opinions about the plan.

  • Littleton council OKs Nevada Place changes

    The Littleton City Council has approved a contentious measure that will allow the second phase of the Nevada Place residential development to be built. 

    The council voted 4-3 to let Camelback Development modify its plan for a new building at Nevada Street and Powers Avenue, changing the number of living units from 37 two-bedroom apartments to 72 one-bedroom apartments. The council’s approval was needed because the change drops the number of parking spaces per bedroom below the city’s standard requirement.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Mann’s 3-point shooting helps Chatfield to 16th straight win
    LAKEWOOD
    — Brenden Mann scored a game-high 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as Chatfield won its 16th straight game 76-52 over host Bear Creek on Feb. 6.
    The Chargers improved to 18-1 overall, 12-0 in the 5A Jeffco League.
    Hank Dickey and Alec Wray added 11 points each for Chatfield.

  • Chatfield’s George rules at 182

    LAKEWOOD — Wilson George liked his chances early on at the 5A Jeffco League wrestling tournament, but the Chatfield 182-pounder also understood that winning a conference title would be tough at the same time. He also knew that while a league championship would be nice it’s just a warmup for what lies ahead at regionals.
    “Next week is work, work, work,” George said.

  • Rebels hold off valiant Eagles

    Everywhere you looked Feb. 8 there was pink. Even the Dakota Ridge Eagles’ basketball team donned pink socks to show their support in the fight against breast cancer as they faced the Columbine Rebels.
    But Columbine may have left the Eagles feeling a little blue after sneaking out a 63-61 nail-biting victory at Dakota Ridge High School.
    The last time the teams met Columbine (14-4 overall, 9-2 5A Jeffco League) won by only seven points — 60-53 — so the Eagles were ready for the Rebels to bring a big game. And they did.

  • Chargers keep playoff hopes alive

    Brian Vits knew just how big of a game Chatfield had coming up against rival Columbine on Feb. 8 at the Edge Ice Arena that he took a nap beforehand. The extra rest helped.
    Vits’ second hat trick of the season and two goals from Tyler Seltenreich were part of a six-goal outburst from Chatfield in a 6-1 victory over the Rebels.
    “It was a big game. We needed this win to make the playoffs. If we didn’t we would’ve lost out. All day at school today I was preparing,” Vits said.

  • 9/11 changed more than we think

    My 10-year-old recently asked me what exactly happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Rather than try to explain it, I searched YouTube and found a video of a newscast that relayed in real time the violence of that awful morning.

  • Gun bills have high-power profile

    A month into the 2013 session of the Colorado General Assembly, majority Democrats announced their package of gun-control bills at a news conference at the state Capitol last week.

  • Bus carrying Littleton church group rolls in Grand County

    The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a rollover accident involving a bus chartered by Foothills Bible Church in Littleton.

    The bus was heading to the Crooked Creek Young Life Ranch near Fraser when it rolled while taking a turn in the westbound lane of Grand County Road 50, west of U.S. 40. 

    The bus flipped onto its passenger side and came to rest in a snowbank. The State Patrol described the road conditions at the time as being snowpacked.

  • Cat burglars pounce on four South Jeffco homes

    Cat burglars struck four homes last weekend in the Powderhorn, Westridge and Meadow Ranch subdivisions in South Jeffco. In three of the incidents, residents were home at the time.

    A news release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office said the perpetrator or perpetrators entered the homes through unlocked rear doors or windows. Items taken included wallets, purses, jewelry and cash.