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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Jury selection to begin Sept. 15 in Eastwood trial

    Jury selection for the trial of alleged Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood is scheduled to begin Sept. 15, more than a year and a half since the shooting that wounded two students.

    Jury selection is slated to conclude Sept. 16, and opening arguments will follow beginning Sept. 20 in a trial that prosecutors said could last three weeks and public defenders said is likely to span more than a month due to a lengthy list of witnesses.

  • ‘You get kids out here, and they just shine’

    Kendallvue Elementary student Faith Wilkerson picked up a mountain lion skin, staring with wide eyes and paying particular attention to the remnant’s slack jaw and curiously smooth coat.

    “Whoa. This is so soft,” the sixth-grader said at the start of her second day at the Jeffco School District’s Windy Peak Outdoor Lab School. “The other ones I felt weren’t as soft.”

  • Body found at scene of Ken Caryl house fire

    Firefighters discovered a body Wednesday morning after responding to a house fire in Ken Caryl.

    The victim’s identity is being held pending results of a death investigation, Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said. No other occupants were found in the house, though a dog was rescued and placed in the care of neighbors.

    West Metro Fire Rescue received an emergency call shortly before 6 a.m., and 23 firefighters responded, assistant fire chief Scott Rogers said. The fire was almost completed extinguished about five minutes later, he said.

  • Chargers can’t get bats going in first loss

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — It was just a little rain and mild lightning in the distance, but the 53-minute weather delay, not to mention the pitching of Mountain Vista’s Jesse Applehans, proved to throw Chatfield off its game.
    The Lady Chargers, coming off back-to-back wins to open the 2011 season in which they scored 14 runs, were held to one run on five hits and the Golden Eagles’ Megan Brown delivered a two-run homer in a five-run fourth inning as Mountain Vista scored an 8-1 win on Aug. 31.

  • Kickoff coverage spells Chatfield’s downfall in season opener

    LAKEWOOD — Sometimes kickoffs can have as big an impact on the outcome of football games as offense or defense. A lesson Chatfield learned the hard way in its season opener against ThunderRidge on Sept. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium.
    The Chargers allowed two kickoff returns for scores by Grizzlies defensive back Tyler Johnson, including one in the fourth quarter, en route to a 49-28 loss.

  • Sports briefs

    SOFTBALL
    Lady Eagles rolling along, beat D’Evelyn to go to 6-0

    DENVER  — Cam Mammenga was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and McKenna Pendergraft tripled and drove in two runs as Dakota Ridge improved to 6-0 with a 9-4 win over host D’Evelyn on Sept. 1.
    Bri Arneach walked three and struck out three for the win.
    Gomez, Lady Rebels blank Fairview for second win.
    Sarah Kastanek and Taryn Rothrock drove in two runs each as Columbine (2-1) shut out Fairview, 7-0, on Sept. 1.

  • Losing a library is a bad idea

    “The America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    Novelist Kurt Vonnegut considered almost nothing to be sacred — except libraries. He viewed them as a place to go when you are bereft, lost, lonely, a place which offers the sort of sustenance that calories alone can’t provide.