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Today's News

  • Pair in drug-trafficking ring each get 22 years in prison

    Two of three men prosecuted by the Jefferson County district attorney’s office for drug trafficking were sentenced to 22 years in prison Aug 11.

    Jose Martinez-Soto, 32, and Luis Arrendondo-Soto, 25, were each given a 22-year sentence for their roles in a drug-trafficking ring that moved large amounts of heroin and cocaine. A third man, Jesus Espinoza-Verdugo, 23, was sentenced to 11 years in prison July 27.

  • Try these three practicing methods

    When practicing, there are three methods that will improve your golf game: repetition, random and competition.

    Repetition practice is when you are trying to learn a new move in your swing. Whether it is improving your follow through or swing path, this is the type of practice is needed to train your muscles to perform differently then they were before. This practice is where we say “practice makes permanent” as we allow our muscles to learn a new move through repetition. This practice requires constant feedback and not just from your ball flight.

  • Depth key for Chargers

    It’s the year of the working man at Chatfield. Always blessed with talent and the expectations of heading up the Class 5A Jefferson County League field, the Chargers found themselves with a sea of shovel-ready soccer players.

    A whopping 64 boys tried out this month and the Chargers were forced to cut 22 of them (although they tried to form another team to keep them all in the system).

  • Columbine grad organizes concert to help homeless youth

    Leif Sunde wanted to help Stand Up For Kids, a nonprofit homeless youth advocacy group.

    The problem is, as a 19-year-old student at the University of Denver studying biochemistry, music composition, business and Arabic, he doesn’t have the time to volunteer and have the impact he wants to have.

    So, he decided to go another route.

    “I decided we should throw a concert and raise money that way,” Sunde said. "At least I'll be using whatever talent I have for the benefit of others."

  • Eagle lets his play do the talking

    Steven Barber plays football in a world of silence and simplicity.

    Profoundly deaf since he was born, Barber will never play for the roar of the crowd, nor will he run his mouth between plays to mask his frustration or a bruised ego.

    Talking trash would just take too much time, not to mention the last opponent that tried yelling at him finally gave up after being continually ignored.

    What the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dakota Ridge senior does exceptionally well is play defense. All the chatter and pageantry under the Friday night lights are just a sideshow.

  • Arvada woman selected to fill empty school board seat

    Robin Johnson of Arvada will fill the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education seat vacated when former board president Scott Benefield resigned June 30.

    Johnson has three children in Jeffco Public Schools and has been active at her local parent-teacher association, according to a statement from the school district. She’ll take the oath of office at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at the district’s headquarters.

    Johnson will have to run for re-election Nov. 1 if she hopes to keep the seat.

  • Second annual Dairy Queen Show and Shine revs up appreciation for vintage vehicles

    It goes without saying that the owners of the more than 100 classic cars at the Dairy Queen Show and Shine on Aug. 16 are serious about their love for vintage vehicles.

    How serious? Consider the sign in the window of a 1941 pearl-white Ford Business Coupe: "Please don't touch. The last person seen touching it was Jimmy Hoffa."

    Enough said.

    Touching aside, the car owners who packed the Dairy Queen parking lot off South Pierce Street between West Ken Caryl and West Chatfield avenues were eager to talk about their cars and proud to show them off.

  • 50 jobs leaving South Jeffco as Lockheed/Boeing continue rocket production consolidation

    Fifty jobs are leaving South Jeffco as United Launch Alliance continues to move its Atlas rocket production to northern Alabama.

    United Launch Alliance, based in Centennial, is a joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The company engineers and produces rockets for the Atlas and Delta rocket programs, with the U.S. government as its largest client.

  • Dem drops out of CD6 primary race: Canter hopes to help former rival Flerlage unseat Mike Coffman

    One of the two Democrats vying for Congressman Mike Coffman's seat in the 2010 election has dropped out of the race.

    David Canter, a Highlands Ranch attorney, says fund-raising challenges led him to end his 10-month campaign. That leaves South Jeffco's John Flerlage as the only Democrat in the race.

    "During my fund-raising and meeting with people, a lot of people in the 6th Congressional District were staying on the sidelines," Canter said. "That wasn't doing John any good, and it wasn't doing me any good."

  • Chatfield High to be open Monday for first day of school

    Chatfield High School will be open on Monday to all students and staff after 500 freshmen were forced to evacuate the building Aug. 21 as a result of an airborne irritant.

    Two dozen Chatfield High School students and staff were taken to hospitals Aug. 21 after the unidentified irritant made them ill. About 500 freshmen at the school for orientation had to evacuate.