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Today's News

  • Chatfield fends off furious late Conifer rally

    CONIFER — For all of the third and most of the fourth set, the Chatfield Lady Chargers were in control. Victory, seemingly, appeared inevitable. And eventually it was secured, but not before the host Conifer Lady Lobos made a furious rally that threatened to force their Sept. 8 volleyball match into a decisive fifth set.
    Luckily for Chatfield it had Grace Newkirk and Megan Bohn to pull it through.

  • Columbine's Cox places second in all-around

    Senior Ashley Perry won two events and took second in another, leading undefeated Evergreen to a seven-point victory at the Columbine Invitational.
    Perry won the floor exercise and the vault with identical 9.05 scores, and took second place in the beam (8.550).
    “She is a great addition to our team,” Evergreen head coach Marnie Bello said. “Not only because of her talent, but because of her leadership, commitment, and hard work she brings to the table.”

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    McDondle rushes for 162 yards, three scores in Columbine victory
    LAKEWOOD
    — Cameron McDondle rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries as Columbine rolled to a 42-13 win over Rocky Mountain on Sept. 8 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    Ceasar Lopez, Tre Willingham and Bernard McDondle also scored rushing touchdowns for the Rebels (2-0).

    Elsenbast, Chargers celebrate homecoming with 26-21 win

  • Are colleges spending funds wisely?

    If you watched a recent college football game between the universities of Utah and Southern California, you couldn’t have missed a somewhat strange interlude when the announcers rattled off statistics about the amount of money PAC 12 universities are spending on stadiums.

  • New library budget spares branches from closure

    No libraries would be closed under a revised budget presented Sept. 8 to the Jefferson County Public Library trustees.

    Instead, an anticipated $2.4 million shortfall would be addressed through other wide-ranging cuts – most notably through reduced hours at every library branch.

    The library board had earlier considered closing the Conifer, Wheat Ridge and Edgewater libraries to save about $695,000 annually. The branches would be spared under the revised budget, essentially a re-examination of options at the behest of the county commissioners.

  • Retired teacher dies in Ken Caryl fire

    The county coroner identified a retired Chatfield High School English teacher as the victim of a Sept. 8 fire in her Ken Caryl home.

    Firefighters discovered the body of Jessica Perry Onesty, 68, after extinguishing a blaze that consumed much of the back of her home at 18 Canyon Cedar.

    The coroner has yet to determine a cause of death, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The fire’s origin also had not been released at press time by West Metro Fire Rescue, which responded to the fire.

  • A house on the road to history

    Even though the historic Bradford Perley House at Ken-Caryl Ranch is just a shell of its former self, the rough-hewn walls and elegant facade welcomed curious visitors for a tour on Saturday.

    Though the house stands in Ken-Caryl Ranch, it has strong ties to Conifer. A main thoroughfare from Denver to the mountains, the Denver, Bradford and Blue River Road began at the Bradford Perley House and ended at Bradford Junction, where the Yellow Barn is located. 

  • Recovery court helps addicts gather their strengths

    The odds were stacked against Lesley Ingram.

    The 29-year-old, addicted to crystal meth and alcohol, faced a handful of serious charges in Jefferson County’s 1st Judicial District.

    Ingram, unemployed and without prospects, was nonetheless given an unexpected second chance — a transfer to the newly established Jefferson County Recovery Court, a program designed to help struggling addicts overcome abusive habits and give back to the community.

  • Two more candidates running for school board

    Two additional candidates have entered the race for seats on the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education last week, submitting affidavits only a few months from November’s election.

    In District 3, lawyer Preston Branaugh filed documents with the secretary of state, and is running against candidate Jill Fellman, a former Jeffco teacher.

    In District 4, candidate Jim Powers declared his intention to run against former Colorado Public Radio reporter Lesley Dahlkemper.

  • South Jeffco woman wins Spirit Award at Ms. Wheelchair competition

    South Jeffco resident Kendara Peoples didn’t win the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant last month in Grand Rapids, Mich. — but she also didn’t walk away empty-handed.

    Taking note of the 24-year-old’s resilient personality, the national competition’s judges invoked an honor sparingly given, the Spirit Award.