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Today's News

  • Eagles don't get caught in Bears' trap

    LAKEWOOD — Interim head coach Tony Barba knew the Dakota Ridge softball team could be heading into a trap on Oct. 2 at Bear Creek. But the Eagles were ready and that trap was never sprung as Dakota Ridge hit, pitched and fielded at a high level and thrashed the Bear Creek Bears, 16-0.

    “They knew what’s at stake. This is one of those games that’s a trap game so they just came in here and took care of business, got everyone some playing time and got out of here,” Barba said.

  • Couple charged with beating adopted son

     

    A South Jeffco couple were charged Sept. 29 with multiple counts child abuse and are suspected of beating their adopted 6-year-old son with a belt buckle and keeping him severely malnourished.

    Investigations into Randal and Christine Arnold’s treatment of the boy began on Sept. 17, when Littleton Fire Rescue workers responded to an emergency call at the couple’s home. The boy was found unresponsive and covered with bruises, an arrest affidavit states.

  • Roundup: Monarch’s ground game overwhelms Dakota Ridge

    LAFAYETTE — Cody Schneider and Ryan Muller scored two touchdowns each and Monarch trumped Dakota Ridge, 35-16, in varsity football action on Oct. 1.

  • Emily's Parade rolls out of Columbine

      Motorcyclists who participated in the fourth annual Emily’s Parade on Sunday weren’t the only ones who enjoyed the ride from South Jeffco to Bailey — people lined U.S. 285 and cheered the riders on their way to Platte Canyon High School.

    Nearly 2,000 motorcycles made the 45-mile trip to remember Emily Keyes, who was killed by a gunman at Platte Canyon High School on Sept. 27, 2006. The parade raises money for the I Love U Guys Foundation, a nonprofit headed by Emily’s father, John-Michael Keyes.

  • County facing $531,000 in building repairs

      Damage to Jeffco’s infrastructure will cost the county $531,000 in coming months to cover emergency repairs. Repairs are needed, county officials said last week, in the Taj Mahal’s parking garages and in a section of the Laramie Building, which has shifted due to clay deposits below the foundation.

    The county will transfer funds from a planned software acquisition and a concrete-improvement project at the Taj in cover the repair costs.

  • Meetings and Groups

    MEETINGS

    SOUTHWEST JEFFCO LEADS CLUB: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, IHOP, 7733 W. Long Drive. Call Eula Skupa at 303-795-3526.

    BUSINESS-2-BUSINESS NETWORKING GROUP: Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. for one hour every Tuesday morning at Raccoon Creek Golf Course — The Grove Restaurant, 7301 W. Bowles Ave. For information, call Elva Hahn at 720-935-3656.

  • Former animal shelter could host police, fire training

     

    The former Table Mountain Animal Center site could soon be set ablaze or used for target practice in the months before it would be demolished. Jefferson County officials said they might invite local emergency-service agencies to use the vacant building for firefighting training and tactical police exercises.

    In August, the shelter relocated to its new incarnation, Foothills Animal Shelter.

  • Jeffco town hall meeting addresses increase in suicide

     

    It’s time to talk openly about suicide, and to get public officials to put suicide prevention on their radar so they help find the funding that will save lives, a group of suicide awareness advocates stressed at a town hall meeting recently.

    “This is a topic that makes people uncomfortable,” said Jarrod Hindman, program director at the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. However, keeping the topic of suicide in the shadows only allows the stigma to continue, he said.

  • Columbine Library receives bounty in books

     

    The Columbine Library gained more than 175 books to add to its nearly quarter million titles last week through an $8,400 donation in new tomes from a variety of publishers.

    Though the Colorado Independent Publishers Association has donated about $80,000 in books to libraries around the state since 2007, this was the first such donation to the Columbine Library.

  • A community coming together

      Kids commandeered a massive, inflatable pirate ship, jumping and screaming, as the telltale scent of fresh kettle corn floated through the crisp fall air. Taking a break from humdrum Saturday errands, parents brought their families out Oct.