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Today's News

  • Art is fine with Falcon Bluffs students

    Colorado painter Julie Madrid might never have imagined her work hanging in the main office of a South Jeffco school.

    But three Falcon Bluffs Middle School students hand-selected one of the artist’s iconic sky-scape paintings at last year’s Cherry Creek Arts Festival, after the school won a $500 grant to obtain fine art. Madrid delivered the work last week and took time to speak with students about her life as an artist.

  • Liquor license hearing for Mr. Biggs rescheduled for Feb. 18

      The liquor-license hearing for Mr. Biggs scheduled for Feb. 4 has been rescheduled for Feb. 18 at 9 a.m.

    The hearing comes two months after a fashion show at the South Jeffco entertainment center that led the sheriff’s office to file multiple charges against owner Art Cormier and manager Larry Crook. About 45 women, some allegedly topless and having their bodies painted, were found behind a curtained-off area at the Dec. 18 event, the sheriff’s office said.

  • An offering for Shiva

      Rajesh Kaul knelt, preparing an abundance of vibrant flowers, as head priest K.C. Upadhyay led a prayer. The fresh petals, sprinkled gently into a silver bowl, were an offering to lord Shiva.

    Feb. 12, “the night of Shiva,” is considered a particularly auspicious evening on the Hindu calendar, and it’s one of the most important holidays in the religion. Hindus call it “Maha Shivaratri.”

  • Vermeer's free throws with 6.7 remaining sink Columbine

    The Chatfield Chargers led for a total of 28.7 seconds Feb. 9. Six of those seconds happened to be the most important.

    Senior Landon Vermeer wiped away a frustrating night when he cashed two free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining to give the Chargers a wild 49-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the hard-luck Columbine Rebels.

    “I was just kind of saying to myself, ‘This is in.’ Not thinking of anything else besides making them,” Vermeer said.

  • Helping a furry friend in need

    Oliver needed a friend.

    The 9-year-old chihuahua mix was sick, missing about half his teeth and hadn’t had a place to call home for more than a year. He was a hefty14 pounds — a bit much for a pooch his size, likely due to months of inactivity and a poor diet.

    Things weren’t looking good for him in general.

    He was scheduled to die on Jan. 19 at a metro-area animal shelter.

  • A sporting alternative

      Black-belt taekwondo instructor Ken Parks is looking for a few good castaways. They’re the folks he had in mind when he opened Red Rocks Alternative Martial Arts, South Jeffco’s newest dojo that’s a little less Stephen Oliver and a bit more Napoleon Dynamite.

    “The ‘alternative’ person gets lost. I kind of sit around the herd and just look for the ones who fall off,” Parks said of the traditional martial arts experience.

  • Apergis takes over late, steers Rebels to rally over Chargers

    The Columbine Rebels beat rival Chatfield earlier this season by dominating the second half.

    On Feb. 9, the Rebels got the same result, but didn’t pull ahead until the final minute of overtime.

    “This time we were down almost the entire game and had to come back,” Rebels guard Demitra Apergis said.

    Apergis’ twisting banker with 48 seconds left in overtime gave the Rebels the lead, and her three free throws sealed the 53-51 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory on their home floor.

  • School board renews contracts of four charter schools

      The Jeffco school board approved five-year contract extensions Feb. 4 for Montessori Peaks Academy and three of the 13 other district charter schools up for renewal.

    The board voted unanimously in favor of the contracts, which also included Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Lincoln Academy and Free Horizon. The board also voted 5-3 to approve a 20-year electricity purchasing agreement with CEI Roofing LLC, which would place solar panels on up to 30 Jeffco schools.

  • Jeffco wants residents to stand up, be counted in census

      Jefferson County is taking steps to ensure all of its 570,000 residents are counted in the upcoming 2010 census.

    The county is operating an informational census website and will be setting up a handful of assistance centers throughout the area staffed by U.S. Census workers.

  • Lady Eagles dish out big win over Chatfield

    An old proverb states that revenge is a dish that is best served cold.

    Well they must have quite a freezer at Dakota Ridge High School on Feb. 11 as the Eagles served an ice cold dish to Chatfield by beating them soundly on the defensive end and moving the ball well on offense on their way to a 54-35 victory.

    In their first meeting, Chatfield lit up the Eagles in the first quarter, scoring 24 first-quarter points en route to a 52-43 win. But this time, Chatfield was only able to manage 20 points in the entire first half as the Dakota Ridge zone gave the Chargers fits.