Today's News

  • Implications of state budget cuts very real

    Before the legislative session even started, we all knew that developing and passing Colorado’s budget for fiscal 2011-12 would be a terrible ordeal. After years of cutting the budget, there would have to be additional cuts of around $1 billion. In addition, term limits had created a Joint Budget Committee with little previous experience (only three years on the committee among its six members), and split control of the legislature meant the committee would be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.

  • Challenging math for Jeffco schools

    By Paula Noonan
    Thirty Jefferson County public schools recently received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award or the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for academic achievement and acaddemic growth in 2010. The Colorado Board of Education and governor give the awards to the 8 percent of schools that score highest in each category.
    Other numbers for Jeffco are not so great. The state legislature has finally put together the school finance bill that provides funding for all school districts in Colorado. Funding is on the down side of an arc.

  • Chargers’ Carter rules freestyle

    ARVADA — It was hard for Bryce Carter not to get excited about the 50-yard freestyle on April 16 at Meyers Pool. On one side he had Green Mountain’s Micah Blackwell and on the other Jeff Garnier of D’Evelyn -- his two best friends from his club swimming team.

    “I was really pumped about the race. It was a great race, a fun race,” Carter said.

  • Lady Eagles escape Arvada West’s upset bid

    LAKEWOOD — To say Damon Smerchek wasn’t happy would be an understatement. That point was exemplified more so when the Dakota Ridge girls soccer coach conducted a post-game drills session after the team’s game with Arvada West on April 15 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Oh, yeah, his team won. Barely.

  • Rebels share load in rout of Cougars

    LAKEWOOD — Things have been going well lately for the Columbine Lady Rebels’ girls lacrosse team. In a 20-2 win over Wheat Ridge on April 12, 14 players scored goals and going into their game with Evergreen on April 14 at Trailblazer Stadium, they sought to better that mark.

    And when Molly Secora scored late in the second half of the Lady Rebels’ 21-3 blowout of the Lady Cougars, she became the 15th Rebel to tally a goal.

  • Chatfield escapes scare from Dakota Ridge

    LAKEWOOD — For the Chatfield Lady Chargers, the score just may have been a little too close for comfort. Then again, they were playing rival Dakota Ridge and rivalry games do that.

    Nevertheless, Rachel Walker made sure the Lady Chargers didn’t suffer a letdown. But just barely. Her fourth goal of the game, on a 1-on-1 challenge of Dakota Ridge keeper Rebecca Smith, with 6.4 seconds remaining allowed Chatfield to escape Trailblazer Stadium with a 12-11 victory on April 16.

  • Baseball roundup: Rodgers’ masterpiece lifts Chatfield over Abraham Lincoln

    Tommy Rodgers threw a complete-game two-hitter as host Chatfield stunned Abraham Lincoln, 100-0, on April 15.

    Jordan Crites and Rand Good each had two hits for Chatfield (6-4). The Chargers broke open the game with six runs in the third inning and scored four more in the fifth to end the game on the mercy rule.

  • D’Evelyn teacher arrested in connection with photos of female students

    A D’Evelyn High School music teacher was arrested April 15in connection with photos taken of female students.

    Matthew Taylor, who teaches instrumental music and coaches the school’s marching band, was scheduled to appear in Jefferson County court on April 16 at 10 a.m.
The Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor, 38, on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor, in connection with photos that allegedly contain inappropriate images of clothed students.

  • Benefit exchange a healthy idea

    Editor’s note: This column was written before Rep. Stephens suggested an amendment to SB200 that Colorado’s health exchange law not take effect unless Colorado requests a waiver from the federal health care act. The suggested amendment is opposed by both Gov. Hickenlooper and Sen. Boyd and makes passage of the bill unlikely.

    It’s good that virtue is its own reward, as that may be all Betty Boyd and Amy Stephens get from sponsoring legislation to establish health benefit exchanges in Colorado.

  • Roup focused on 2nd-place finish at Mullen Invitational

    LAKEWOOD — Austin Roup didn’t waste much time. He didn’t have much to waste anyway. It was prom night after all. 

    But the Dakota Ridge discus thrower wasn’t thinking about that until after he left Jefferson County Stadium on April 9 near the end of the 14th annual Mullen Runners Roost Invitational. Instead, he was just focused on placing as high as he could. For him, on this day, it was second place with a toss of 159 feet, 3.5 inches.