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Today's News

  • He built it - and people came

    Over the past 40 years, thousands of kids have enjoyed the baseball fields near West Elmhurst Avenue and South Kendall Boulevard in Columbine Hills. But few of today’s young players realize they are treading some of the oldest ball fields in South Jeffco, or that Columbine Hills is one of South Jeffco’s original neighborhoods.

    Jim Kennedy, 85, looks back over those four decades and is thrilled that so many children have been able to enjoy the fields that he helped to create in the neighborhood that he helped to build.

  • Cold comfort: Polar Plunge participants raise $85,000 for Special Olympics

    A dip in the icy waters of Chatfield Reservoir on Dec. 5 turned out to be a very hot fund-raiser for Special Olympics.

    The second annual Polar Plunge, a Law Enforcement Torch Run event, benefited Special Olympics Colorado by raising at least $85,000. The 305 participants, many of whom sported festive wigs and holiday outfits, brought in pledges for swimming out to a sign, touching it and getting out of the 34-degree-Fahrenheit water as quickly as humanly possible.

  • Chargers face their fears to rout Warriors

    Fear remains one of the best motivators in life.

    On Dec. 11, fear produced one of the most fundamentally sound basketball games the Chatfield boys program has produced in arguably a decade.

    Fresh off an upset loss to Palmer, the Chargers unleashed darn near every ounce of talent and teamwork in their bodies as they throttled second-ranked Arapahoe 66-44 in a Class 5A nonleague victory.

  • Dakota Ridge falls to Aspen

    The Dakota Ridge Eagles just couldn’t keep from flying back to its coup.

    Unfortunately for the Eagles, their nest happened to reside in the penalty box, and their opponent was more than appreciative of the odd-man advantage.

    Aspen scored four goals, all on the power-play, to top Dakota Ridge 4-0 on Dec. 12 at the Edge Ice Arena.

    When the Eagles managed to keep all of their skaters on the ice, they were able to hang with Aspen and nearly took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Jason Refka’s wrister from the slot banged off the left post.

  • CDOT Launches free iPhone App

    The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new iPhone application to help people make smart choices about designating a sober driver. Increased “Heat Is On” DUI enforcement began over the Thanksgiving weekend and will continue at various times through New Year’s.

  • Scandal-obsessed media sell us short

    Another season, another scandal. This time, a minor car accident in Florida gave rise to a story that culminated in Tiger Woods issuing a public statement confessing to “transgressions.”

    In what appears to be a semi-annual ritual, the press is having a field day with the foibles of another celebrity. Talk shows talk. Experts offer opinions. Eyebrows are raised. Heads move gravely from side to side.

    Are we the better for it?

  • Jeffco Action Center receives grant

    The Jeffco Action Center has received a $40,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its programs.

  • 24-year sentence in ‘76 murder of South Jeffco woman

    Ricky Lee Harnish, 54, received the maximum sentence of 24 years in prison for the 1976 rape and murder of South Jeffco resident Holly Marie Andrews, under the terms of a plea agreement.

    The sentencing was handed out Monday in a Georgetown court in front of members of Andrews’ family.

    Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said he felt relieved the case was finally over after so many years. He added that Harnish had been in county custody for more than a year.

  • Find another solution to schools’ budget crisis

    In an effort to understand the Jefferson County Public Schools budget crisis, I believe I may have stumbled onto a solution. Most of the district-promoted suggestions for reducing the budget include relatively minor concessions by the district administration, partial to wholesale elimination of assistant principals and librarians, partial elimination of counselors, support staff, school secretaries, paraprofessionals, clinic aides, and of course, teachers.

  • Chatfield pins down Columbine

    Tony Pena may have changed schools and classifications, but his attitude and confidence have remained in tact.

    Pena, wrestling up at 130 pounds on Dec. 10, threw Columbine’s Ben Rhodes around – literally, including one takedown that sent Rhodes down hard onto the exposed hardwood – for close to two periods before scoring a pinfall at the 3-minute, 59-second mark in Chatfield’s 53-24 victory at Chatfield Senior High School.