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Today's News

  • All-conference teams

    Following is a list of all-conference selections for the 2011 fall season:

    GYMNASTICS
    FIRST TEAM

    All-around: Jessica Jankowski, Arvada West; Hailey Gilleland, Bear Creek; Danae Goldsberry, Elizabeth; Ashley Perry, Evergreen, Ahna Spitzer, Green Mountain; Hannah Bissani, Standley Lake
    Vault: Kimmy Peterson, Elizabeth; Kelsey Valdez, Evergreen
    Uneven bars: Erika Bratschun, Bear Creek; Hannah Roshak, Lakewood
    Balance beam: Shayna Beshore, Elizabeth; Amy Button, Elizabeth

  • Good Knight for McDondle, Rebels

    BOULDER — Bernard McDondle was pretty excited. No, it wasn’t just because of the final score — though that would be understandable after the Columbine Rebels scored the game’s first 35 points on their way to a 41-14 5A state football second-round win over Fairview on Nov. 11 at Recht Field.
    No, what really tickled the sophomore running back’s fancy was that he finally got to beat older brother and workhorse running back Cameron McDondle for once.

  • Eastwood gets 18 months on gun charge, but won't serve additional jail time

    Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood was sentenced Thursday morning to 18 months in jail for bringing a gun onto school grounds, time he will not serve after having already been in custody for 626 days.

    Judge Christopher Munch ordered that Eastwood be remanded to the custody of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where he will remain until psychiatrists deem him safe to return to the community, if ever.

  • Bar fight at local watering hole results in three arrests

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is planning to cite 10 people involved in a wild bar fight Nov. 6 at the Mirage Sports Bar that ended with five hospitalizations and three arrests.

    Though the three people arrested have since been released from custody, the Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident to determine what charges should be filed against whom.

  • Let’s cut first, then tax later

    Last week, Colorado voters roundly rejected a slate of proposed tax increases. The largest of these, Proposition 103, would have raised state income taxes from the current 4.63 percent to 5 percent for five years. Had it passed, the state legislature would have decided how to spend the proceeds on education.
    Voters said “no” by nearly a two-to-one margin.

  • Commissioners vote to allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow short-term vacation rentals on 1-acre or larger properties. Each rental home will require approval of the Board of Adjustment and oversight of the Planning and Zoning Division.

    The lone no vote came from Commissioner Faye Griffin, who also voted against the proposal almost two years ago. Commissioners Don Rosier and John Odom voted in favor of allowing short-term rentals (fewer than 30 days’ stay) on the condition that most of the restrictions suggested by the planning commission stay in place.

  • Jefferson County to help fund playgrounds at two Foothills parks

    Jefferson County plans to provide $150,000 for two Foothills Park & Recreation District playgrounds next year at Chief Colorow Park in South Jeffco and Jim Hoida Memorial Park in Denver.

    County Commissioner Don Rosier suggested the county use $75,000 each for the two parks, which will come from Jeffco’s Conservation Trust Fund. The South Jeffco commissioner made the recommendation after volunteering to help install a new playground at Powderhorn Park, a one-day volunteer operation that he called well orchestrated and impressive.

  • Student mentors make learning add up

    Chatfield High School senior Stuart Farris stands by a desk at which a girl several years younger stares down at a slope y-intercept equation, the end of her pencil oscillating back and forth and her eyebrows pressed into a perplexed geometric shape.

    Placing a hand on the work surface, the Colorado School of Mines-bound student asks if she could use a nudge in the right direction. She nods, and Farris sits down, working with her for the better part of an hour on Nov. 3, making sure the basic algebra concepts stick.

  • Pro wrestling event to benefit Rocky Mountain Deaf School

    New Revolution Wrestling, a professional wrestling organization, is hosting a benefit show for the Rocky Mountain Deaf School of Golden on Nov. 12 at Fun City Family Entertainment in Littleton. Show time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
    Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children ages 6-12 get in for $5 and kids 5-and-under are free.
    A portion of the proceeds will go toward the school.
    Wrestlers scheduled to appear include NRW champion Andrew Ryan, Jesse Williams and others.

  • State bid eludes Lady Falcons

    ENGLEWOOD — The Front Range Christian Lady Falcons suffered three consecutive losses in the four-team 2A Region D volleyball tournament on Nov. 5 at Kent Denver High School, capped with a two sets to one defeat to Calhan in their final match.
    Before facing Calhan, Front Range Christian played and lost to both Byers (24-26, 25-15, 25-20, 25-20) and Lutheran (25-15, 25-17, 25-10), both of whom advanced to the 2A state tournament on Nov. 11-12 at the Denver Coliseum.