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Today's News

  • Election pivotal for school district

    When Laura Boggs was elected to the Jefferson County Board of Education two years ago, it caught a lot of people by surprise. It looked like incumbent Sue Marinelli was headed for re-election in an uncontested race until Boggs pulled and returned candidate papers just before the deadline. Running under the radar, Boggs upset the incumbent and has been a controversial and polarizing member of the school board in her first two years.

  • Carney adds Liberty Bell to accolades

    Don’t get Danny Carney wrong. He was happy to win the 2011 Liberty Bell Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 16 at Heritage High School. After all, the prestige in itself is worth the victory. But the Dakota Ridge senior has bigger fish to fry.
    Coming off a season in which he won the 5A Jeffco League and a regional championship before finishing second to Columbine’s Woody Kincaid at state, the stars definitely seem to be lining up for Carney this year.

  • Dakota Ridge uses 8-run third inning to pounce on Columbine

    Nothing seemed to cooperate with the Columbine Lady Rebels’ softball team last week. Not the weather and certainly not the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles.
    Rain forced their game to be played a day later than scheduled at Columbine. But home-field advantage wasn’t exactly on the Lady Rebels’ side.

  • FRCS fails to capitalize on chances

    It’s hard to fault Jacob Kozanecki. After all, his Front Range Christian Falcons had their opportunities Sept. 17 to topple 10th-ranked Resurrection Christian. A blocked punt, a high snap over the punter’s head, a couple of turnovers. There were chances.
    But the Falcons couldn’t contain Taylor Dewald or do enough with the ball offensively when they had it. Thus, the Falcons’ upset bid turned into a 42-21 defeat on a fickle weather day at Front Range Christian School.

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Rebels dominate Douglas Co., improve record to 3-0
    LAKEWOOD
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of 48-yarders, as Columbine improved to 3-0 with a 48-7 homecoming victory over Douglas County on Sept. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Noah Thompson rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, while Ceasar Lopez and Michael Burns also rushed for scores for the Rebels (3-0).
    Douglas County got its lone score on a 17-yard, second-quarter run by Trey Smith.

  • Library’s search for new exec director stalls

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The top candidate for the executive director position at the Jefferson County Public Library declined an offer last week, leading the board of trustees to extend interim director Pam Nissler’s term.

    Several of the trustees gave widely varying accounts of the hiring process, leaving no clear answer about whether the board extended an official job offer to Cynthia Kolaczynski, deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District.

  • 10 years later, pain and remembrance

    Whether they were in Colorado or New York on Sept. 11, 2001, people came to Red Rocks on Sunday to walk the stairs and remember the first-responders, friends and family who died on that tragic day.

    Approximately 3,000 firefighters and community members from 22 states participated in the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. People climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • Jeffco Human Services ordered to repay block-grant funds

    The federal government required Jefferson County Human Services to pay back nearly $100,000 in stimulus money earlier this year, after an audit revealed 33 job-training recipients were ineligible to receive funds in 2009.

    The funds were disbursed to Jeffco’s workforce development program under a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some county employees apparently misunderstood the grant’s guidelines and awarded paid internships to applicants whose income was up to twice as high as the maximum amount allowed.

  • A family of Eagles

    The dotted lines dividing the 1.4-mile path around Johnson Reservoir in Clement Park have been repainted three times since 1996, thanks to the Osieczanek family’s Eagle Scout progeny.

    Since Kevin and Cindy Osieczanek’s son Aric started Cub Scouts in 1989, the proud parents have since seen graduations of all five of their sons — and even a son-in-law — as Eagle Scouts.

  • Columbine grad riding bike across Japan to help victims of quake, tsunami

    Columbine High School graduate Dylan Jacoby was only five minutes into his cross-Japan bicycle tour on July 24 when he hit a bump in the road and ruptured a tire beyond repair.

    The rough start temporarily deflated his spirits, but it was actually one of the most important moments in his self-motivated 2,000-mile ride to raise money for tsunami and earthquake victims.

    Knowing little Japanese, Jacoby simply smiled and tried to put forth good spirits during a two-hour car ride to the nearest town with a bicycle shop.