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Today's News

  • 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."

  • Stratton's monster game carries Chatfield to win

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield struck early and often in its cross-classification showdown with rival Dakota Ridge at Jeffco Stadium.

    The Chargers raced out to a 33-6 halftime advantage and cruised home to a 46-27 win on Sept. 4.

    Senior quarterback Sam Stratton was electrifying, both on his feet and throwing the football. Stratton ran for scores of 82 and 96 yards in the first half, and added a 68-yard scamper to his credit in the fourth quarter. He also threw a 68-yard touchdown to Erick Gayton and a 1-yarder to Tim Gleason.

  • Rebels working out kinks

    Trying to find positives in a 7-0 defeat can be a difficult thing to do.

    But, when you are a team in transition, such as the Columbine Rebels, the early season setbacks can become valuable teaching tools.

    Shortly after the Rebels were defeated by visiting Ponderosa on Sept. 2 at Dave Sanders Memorial Field, coach Robin Ortiz gathered his girls around and discussed what transpired on the field.

  • Breast Cancer 3-Day Cure comes to South Jeffco, raises more than $1.8 million for research

    Denise Riley collapsed in front of her pink tent in Clement Park on Aug. 29 after walking more than 19 miles.

    She pulled off her shoes and peeled away her socks to reveal several large blisters on the bottom of her feet. She looked exhausted.

    But for Riley, the pain and exhaustion were well worth it.

    "I'm walking for my mom, who's gone," Riley said. "And hopefully I'm doing something to help my four sisters and the rest of my family."

  • Tree of Peace sprouts at Columbine High

    A symbol of peace has taken root near the front doors of Columbine High School.

    A Tree of Peace, provided by the Colorado Association of School Resource Officers, was planted Aug. 29 by students and law officers, a decade after two teenagers fatally shot 12 fellow students and a teacher at the school.

    "It's a great symbol," Columbine senior Roman Richardson said as he watched the planting. Richardson, 17, remembers watching news coverage of the shootings and recalls his mother being afraid.

  • Chatfield bats come to life

    EVERGREEN — The young Chatfield Chargers needed a little love on Sept. 1.

    Turns out they got a whole ‘lotta Lexi Love in a 9-0 cross-classification victory over the Evergreen Cougars.

    “I was really proud of our team because we’ve been struggling putting runs on the board,” said Love, who slapped a five-hit muzzle on the Cougars, while walking zero batters and striking out four.

  • Rebels survive scare

    The formula for surviving Week One football is the same at every level.

    With just about every offense looking for traction and chemistry, the defense needs to be the backbone and – if possible – win a few games.

    That formula worked out pretty well for the Columbine Rebels on Friday as they overcame a litany of mistakes to earn a 20-13 season-opening nonleague victory over the Heritage Eagles.

  • Suspects in C-470 car chase may be tied to mailbox thefts

    The occupants of a car that led police on a rush-hour chase the morning of Aug. 26 may be tied to a series of South Jeffco mail thefts.

    State Patrol Trooper David Hall says a trooper attempted to stop the speeding car on West Quincy Avenue. The car sped off, heading onto C-470 toward West Bowles Avenue. Another trooper put stop sticks in the car’s path, but the driver swerved to avoid them, crossing the center median and crashing into an oncoming car. There were no injuries in either vehicle.

  • Teacher at charter school accused of sexual relationship with student

    A teacher at a South Jeffco charter school has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after being accused of a years-long sexual relationship with a student.

    Linda L. Tabucco, 49, was arrested at her home in Douglas County on Aug. 19 without incident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires. Tabucco is being held in the Jeffco jail with a bond of $50,000 on a charge of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.