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Today's News

  • Sweet and bittersweet journeys

    “And he carries the reminders

    “Of every glove that laid him down

    “Or cut him till he cried out

    “In his anger and his shame

    “I am leaving, I am leaving

    “But the fighter still remains.”

    — Paul Simon

    For me, hanging in our coverage areas is all about the happy little surprises that crop up and punctuate your day — and the unexpected connections that result from other, less-lighthearted encounters.

  • Jeffco closes just one school

      The Jeffco school board voted Jan. 14 to close only one school as part of its long-awaited plan to address a massive budget shortfall through building closures.

    Arvada’s Russell Elementary will be shuttered after the end of the current school year. Students living within its boundaries will soon attend Arvada Middle School, which will become a K-8 facility. The board also voted in favor of closing and destroying all temporary classroom buildings at schools operating at less than 92 percent of capacity.

  • Power lunch: Ritter visits cutting-edge battery manufacturer in South Jeffco

    Gov. Bill Ritter paid a visit last week to a South Jeffco company that manufactures cutting-edge batteries that are about the size of a postage stamp and nearly as thin.

    “It is great to celebrate a local company,” Ritter said before a small audience of Infinite Power Solutions employees. “It’s also great to celebrate a company that has and will have in the future a significant global impact. … It is absolutely exciting.”

  • GIRLS HOOPS: Chatfield 52, Dakota Ridge 43

    The girls earned the Chargers a rivalry split with Dakota Ridge after blowing up for 24 points in the first quarter and holding on in the fourth.

    Chrissy Armstrong led the Chargers with 16 points, Emily Kotulak scored 10, and Cassandra Hanna and Kate Kurtenbach added eight points apiece.

    Chatfield led 24-12 after eight minutes and extended its lead to 44-26 entering the fourth quarter.

  • Moore may file lawsuit over firing by county

      Former county administrator Jim Moore is pursuing litigation against the commissioners and the county attorney through a potential wrongful-termination suit.

    Lawyer Dennis Polk said the board gave a misleading rationale for Moore’s Dec. 9 firing.

  • Shrinking government will expand economy

    As the Colorado General Assembly returns to the Capitol for the 2010 legislative session, the state faces a $600 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year and a $1.5 billion shortfall for the coming year. Though economists say the worst of the recession is behind us, they also say the recovery will be slow and it will take some time to recover the jobs we have lost.

  • Open to a new challenge

      Ralph Schell says he never set out to become Jeffco’s county administrator.

    The outdoorsy Colorado native has spent the majority of his working life cultivating a career in open space and parks. He graduated from CSU with a degree in outdoor recreation planning and worked for Colorado State Parks for 20 years before joining Jeffco government, where until recently he had served as Open Space director.

  • Penalties kill off hope of upset bid against Regis

    There’s the penalty kill, and there’s penalties that kill.

    Columbine’s bid to upset the defending champion Regis Raiders was made even tougher Jan. 20 by the Rebels’ frequent and untimely trips to the penalty box. The Raiders scored four power-play goals and added a shorthanded goal as they rallied for a 6-2 victory at the Edge.

  • Rebels get visit from the last frontier

    The Columbine Rebels gave new meaning to the term “non-conference game,” as the girls basketball team played host to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Jan. 21.    

    That’s right, Juneau, as in Alaska.

    The Crimson Bears, in their first of three Colorado games, came into Columbine and beat their gracious hosts 47-38 in what will look a normal non-conference game in the standings, but this was certainly no ordinary game.

  • Eagles upset No. 8 Chatfield

    Over the past few years, the Chatfield Chargers have dominated their boys basketball rivalry against Dakota Ridge.

    Chatfield was expected by many to continue the trend Jan. 22 at Dakota Ridge High School. Somebody forgot to tell the Eagles.

    The Eagles battled the Chargers tooth and nail for three quarters then took over the fourth to win 51-42.

    It marked the first Dakota Ridge win over Chatfield in many years. The fans stormed the floor after the final buzzer like college students after a big upset.