Today's News

  • School board puts off decisions on facilities

    The Jeffco school board opted Jan. 20 to postpone decisions on a series of facilities changes, which include closing a number of the district’s schools and moving many sixth-grade programs to the middle-school level.

    In South Jeffco, Shaffer Elementary School’s challenge program would be relocated to Ute Meadows Elementary School, and a number of preschool programs would be moved from mobile classrooms to the main buildings. Such changes could have occurred as early as the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Foreclosures down 5 percent in Jeffco in 2010

    Foreclosure rates declined by less than 5 percent in Jefferson County last year, though a backlog in the wake of a brief national moratorium may be partially responsible.

    The county recorded 3,849 new foreclosures in 2010, down from 4,027 the year before.

    And while the number of foreclosures has remained relatively steady, the causes are changing, said county public trustee Margaret Chapman, citing a trend away from variable interest-rate loans. Today, more mortgage holders are simply losing their homes as a result of the economy, she said.

  • County’s investments expected to earn less this year

    Jefferson County’s 2011 investment portfolio earnings will be only about half of 2010 levels, officials said Jan. 18, citing drooping interest rates in the bond market.

    Net earnings last year reached more than $5 million for the county, though interest rates on current investments have decreased. Anticipated investment earnings for 2011 total $2.5 million.

  • Engineering interest in science, math

    Using handfuls of clay as a boat-building medium, Ken Caryl Middle School’s female students received a brief tutorial in physics and a larger lesson from a pair of Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholars: Math and science are not exclusively the province of boys.

    The impromptu ship building, a demonstration of Archimedes’ Principle of Buoyancy, was indeed a challenge for a room of about 50 girls, who worked in small groups to build vessels intended to float despite the density of the material.

  • Jefferson Symphony's International Young Artists Competition announces winners

    The Jefferson Symphony hosted its International Young Artists Competition on Jan. 8 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, which was a co-sponsor. The winners performed in a 7:30 p.m. recital. Eleven finalists from six different countries competed for a $5,000 annuity (payable at $1,000 per year for five years) to the first-place winner, as well as cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000 to the first-, second- and third-place awardees.

  • Chatfield’s second, fourth quarters too much for Rebels

    Kyle Evans knew that Columbine would come back in the second half and give it its all. So did his Chatfield teammates. But the pesky Chargers weren’t going to be denied.

  • Chatfield girls in a zone after rallying for upset of Rebels

    Maybe it was Chatfield’s 2-3 zone defense. Maybe it was Columbine’s inability to attack the zone. Either way, the Lady Chargers, who didn’t exactly start the season running on all cylinders, have started to hit their stride.

    Chatfield overcame a slow start in the first quarter with a 10-0 run in the third quarter and held on for a 32-29 upset of arch-rival Columbine on Jan. 21 on a night that the Lady Rebels’ celebrated breast cancer awareness with a pink out at Columbine High School.

  • State qualifying first, foremost on minds of DR, CHS swimmers

    With the girls swimming state championships coming up Feb. 11-12, both Dakota Ridge and Columbine have one goal — qualify as many girls as they can, as quickly as they can and gain as many team points as possible.

    In their meet against one another Jan. 21 at the Ridge Recreation Center, both teams came out strong in the first event, each qualifying their 200-yard medley relay team for the state championships. 

  • Sports briefs: Chatfield swimmers dominates meet with host Wheat Ridge

    WHEAT RIDGE — Chatfield scored wins in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay as the Lady Chargers rolled to a 222-140 win over host Wheat Ridge on Jan. 21 at the Wheat Ridge Rec Center.

    Individual winners for Chatfield included Bridgitta Games (2 minutes, 24.90 seconds, 200 individual medley), Joslynn Shamis (116.10 points, 1-meter diving), Rachel Reiling (1:12.13, 100 butterfly), Kirsten Ozaki (56.83, 100 freestyle), Hailey Gerze (1:12.37, 100 backstroke), and Delaney Piper (1:19.13, 100 breaststroke).

  • Can Hick make civility stick?

    The tenor and tone of the beginning of the administration of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the first session of the 68th Colorado General Assembly have been decidedly positive and should give Colorado citizens a good feeling about how business will be conducted over the next couple of years.