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Today's News

  • A decade of amazement: Chatfield corn maze roars into its 10th year

    A large dinosaur is sitting in a cornfield at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

    In fact, it’s an 8-acre dinosaur, created from more than 28,000 corn plants.

    The giant T-rex is this year’s theme for the gardens’ corn maze, which opened Sept. 4 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The twists and turns of the maze take all summer to create.

  • 'In Jaryd's name and his honor'

    In just two short weeks, it will have been 10 years since 3-year-old Jaryd Atadero went missing on a hike about 60 miles west of Fort Collins.

    Allyn Atadero, the boy’s father and a South Jeffco schoolteacher, says his son’s memory and Recreational Safety Awareness Week — the second week of September — drives him to help other families avoid the same fate. The week-long observance, in its second year, culminates in a large event at the Denver Aquarium to raise awareness for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card.

  • Eagles put it all together

    LAKEWOOD — Giving up big play after big play last week against Chatfield left the Dakota Ridge defense with a bad taste in its mouth.

    To cleanse themselves from the Week 1 thrashing, the Eagles took out their frustrations on Green Mountain.

    While their goal of a shutout was nullified early, the Dakota Ridge defense dominated the Rams, allowing a paltry 139 yards of total offense as the Eagles evened their record at 1-1 thanks to an impressive 30-6 Class 4A West Metro victory Sept. 10 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Chargers hold off Mustangs

    LAKEWOOD — They say Mustangs are tough to tame. But, put them alongside a stable horse and, with time, the Mustang can calm down.

    That’s what happened to the Ponderosa Mustangs when they played the Chatfield Chargers on Sept. 11 at Jefferson County Stadium. The Chargers’ defense cooled off the Mustangs’ offense in the second half and Chatfield walked away with a 17-10 Class 5A nonleague victory.

  • Collegiate academy locked down on erroneous reports of man with a gun

    A report of a man with a gun forced the temporary lockdown of three South Jeffco schools Sept. 4.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires said that Falcon Bluffs Middle School, Mortensen Elementary School and Collegiate Academy were put on temporary lockdown about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4, but restrictions on all three have since been lifted.

  • Buffaloes topple Rebels

    The Columbine volleyball team is a work in progress.

    Coach Kathy Miks literally has an entire new group of girls to work with, as only two players with varsity experience returned for the 2009 season.

    The Rebels may be young, but they have a lot of talent, and that has Miks excited.

    She wasn’t too excited with how things transpired Sept. 9, when the Rebels hosted Smoky Hill.

  • Columbine clips Dakota Ridge

    Greg Lubeck and Kurt McCluskey were teammates once in baseball. Of late, the two have been lining up opposite each other on the hard court for Dakota Ridge and Columbine.

    “I realized I wanted to stay consistent with him,” Lubeck said. “Put the ball away when I needed to. I played him in the summer and I knew if I could hit against him, I could beat him.”

    Lubeck was right as the Dakota Ridge No. 1 bested McCluskey 6-0, 6-1 as part of the Class 5A Jefferson County League dual between the rival programs.

  • Front Range Christian rejoices at fair: Football, fun highlight back-to-school event

    The start of a new school year is often bittersweet, as students are happily reunited with friends but brutally separated from summer’s vacation from work and worry.

    Students at Front Range Christian School acted out this dichotomy Aug. 29, reveling in the fourth annual Front Range Christian School Town Fair while pausing to wield a sledgehammer to vent a little frustration on a hapless automobile.

  • Chatfield: Balloon festival treated equally

    While the state park system valued hosting the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park every year, it couldn’t extend any financial breaks to prevent the demise of the financially ailing event, a parks spokeswoman says.

    "We loved the event," parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier said last week. “It was spectacular. Certainly the event is sorely missed."