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Today's News

  • The man who listens to the mountains

    One of mountaineering’s rock stars, who is famous for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen, recently shared the secret of surviving 32 years of exploring some of the most dangerous terrain on Earth.

    “You have to be cautious, train right and listen to the mountains,” Ed Viesturs told a sold-out audience of 150 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on April 10.

  • A republic, if you can keep it

    As the Constitutional Convention wrapped up in September 1786, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and asked him, “Well, doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?”

    “A republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”

  • Meningitis kills senior at Dakota Ridge

    Bacterial meningitis has been confirmed as the cause in the death of a Dakota Ridge High senior on Thursday morning.

    The Jefferson County health department sent nurses to the school to determine if any other students had close contact with the victim, whose name has not been released.

    “I can’t even imagine how shocking it is for the family, because it happened so quickly,” said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Newer Subarus failing emissions test in cold-weather conditions

    Some Subaru owners are having trouble passing the Colorado air emissions tests during cold weather, but not when the weather gets warmer.

    As a result, the state is advising motorists to wait for a warm day before they get a test, with temperatures in the mid-60s or higher. Otherwise, they could wind up seeking costly and unnecessary repairs. The problem is surfacing in 2010 because Subarus that were new in 2006 did not have to be tested for four years.

  • Medical pot dispensary closes in wake of hearing

    A South Jeffco medical marijuana dispensary has temporarily closed following a hearing that upheld a zoning violation notice issued to the business.

    The owner of Footprints Health & Wellness, Marc Giuliani, said he will appeal the board of adjustment’s decision in district court. The board voted 4-1 to uphold the violation notice, which subjects Giuliani to a potential $1,000 fine for every day he sells medical marijuana.

  • Lesson Plans: House candidate hoping to round up school volunteers

    State House District 28 candidate Steve Harvey wants Jeffco Public Schools to put more emphasis on volunteerism, potentially bringing more parents and community members into classrooms.

    Harvey, a Democrat, recently inaugurated the South Jeffco Community Organization and is gathering support for the group’s first project: making local schools more accessible for would-be tutors and mentors.

  • Mr. Biggs becoming Fun City

    Mr. Biggs is undergoing a name change, with the new moniker seemingly hearkening back to the entertainment center’s two prior titles.

    Fun City, which has a color-saturated logo complete with a flaming bowling ball and checkered race flag, is the new name replacing the old Mr. Biggs emblems around the building and on the business’ website. The name appears to pay homage to Funplex and Fat City, the two businesses that preceded Mr. Biggs at the location at Coal Mine Avenue and South Kipling.

  • Lexie deep sixes CSH

    LAKEWOOD — Fans have come to expect an interesting game whenever Dakota Ridge and Chatfield face each other in any sport.

    Their girls lacrosse game on April 22 at Trailblazer Stadium was no exception.

     The game was marred by a lightning delay of nearly 40 minutes before Dakota Ridge came away with an 18-11 victory.

    Dakota Ridge junior Lexie Chavez led all scorers with six goals and senior Ashley Behabets picked up three goals for the Eagles.

  • Former Jeffco inmate sues sheriff, claims he was held illegally for 47 days

    A former inmate at the Jeffco jail is suing Sheriff Ted Mink, claiming he was held illegally for most of his 49-day stay.

    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested for failure to appear in court on a traffic charge, is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.

    “While Luis was locked up illegally, his sister was trying to do something about it,” said ACLU lawyer Mark Silverstein. Quezada’s sister contacted the civil-rights group, which filed a lawsuit April 21 against Mink.

  • Rivals settle for OT draw

    LAKEWOOD — After 71 minutes and no goals, it looked like Chatfield and Dakota Ridge were headed toward a scoreless tie.

    Looks, however, can be deceiving. The next minute and a half saw two goals — one by each team.

    The rest of regulation and the two overtime periods would see a lot of action, but Dakota Ridge would miss on two great scoring chances in overtime and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.