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Today's News

  • 'Playing to help'

    Students in Dakota Ridge High School teacher Jenny Lippiat’s market class were grasping desperately for an idea.

    Nearly halfway through the semester in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, the class of 18 needed a platform to showcase their event-planning skills. A previous attempt to organize a disc-golf tournament fell flat, and the students were at a loss for how to make the most of a challenging class.

    Then came a bit of relative stardom for senior Graham Stookey, a singer-songwriter whose YouTube video garnered more than 200,000 hits.

  • No, Virginia, there is no transparency in Jeffco

    “This is a quarter of a billion dollars in stimulus we can’t pass up,” exalted County Commissioner Kevin McCasky in a story last week. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”
    Commissioner McCasky clearly has caught the holiday spirit and envisions a joyous Noel at the Taj Mahal. In fact, he’s even provided the snow job.

  • School board votes to censure Boggs

    Jeffco school board member Laura Boggs was censured by the board Dec. 16, the first time such an action has been taken in district history.
    The censure, on a unanimous vote, came after board members characterized Boggs’ behavior as erratic, disrespectful and inconsistent. District Superintendent Cindy Stevenson accused Boggs of “attacking the school district that she was elected to protect” during a conversation between the two.

  • One-car accident kills South Jeffco man

    A South Jeffco man was killed in a single-car accident early Monday on South Kipling Parkway near U.S. 285, closing the road for several hours as emergency workers cleared the scene.
    Alamo Onak, 37, was headed south on Kipling when his SUV struck a median, a Lakewood police spokesman said. The vehicle went through the intersection at West Girton Drive, eventually colliding with a street lamp.
    Onak, the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Rebels win one for the coach

    LAKEWOOD — To say Columbine’s boys basketball game at Lakewood was just another game on the schedule would be a gross understatement.

    That’s because it marked the return of Rebels head coach Clay Thielking to his old stomping grounds as he brought his new team in to Lakewood High School to face the team he coached last year

  • Standley Lake pelts listless Eagles

    Taylor Markowski couldn’t put his finger on one specific thing. The Dakota Ridge junior captain had no answers for the Eagles’ play in an 8-0 loss to Standley Lake on Dec. 17 at Edge Ice Arena in the team’s Foothills Conference opener.

    “I don’t really know. We just weren’t playing good position. We weren’t working the puck around well,” Markowski said. “… We weren’t having good chemistry. Our lines weren’t working well together.”

  • Horodyski leads way for Rebels at invite

    LOVELAND — What do you get when you invite almost 30 swim and dive teams from all over Colorado? You get an amazing showing of swimming and diving talent.

    The CHSSCA Girls CO Invite was held at Mountain View Aquatic Center on Dec. 18. The Invite showcased swimming and diving talent from both 5A and 4A schools.

    “I thought the competition was excellent today,” Chatfield’s head coach Ron Johns said. 

  • 3 blind residents injured, one fatally, when car goes out of control

    Three blind Littleton residents were hit by a car Nov. 17 when a driver lost control of her vehicle, killing one man and seriously injuring two women as they waited for a bus.
    David Alan Nanney, 47, died at Littleton Adventist Hospital from injuries suffered in the accident, which occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. near West Mineral Avenue and South Utica Drive. Nanney and the two women were on their way to a Christmas party at the Colorado Center for the Blind; all were students at the school.

  • Company facing OSHA fines in videographer's fall from lift

    A California racing-oil company is facing $91,000 in fines from the federal Department of Labor, following a Lakewood videographer’s deadly fall from a modified lift at a June 25 motocross event.
    Stuart Keene, 57, fell about 20 feet from the platform on an elevated lift that had its guardrails removed, said an official from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Keene was setting up equipment to film the Thunder Valley Nationals, a motocross event held at the Morrison track.

  • Eagles get defensive at right time

    WESTMINSTER — Danny DiFolco just wasn’t into a rhythm. His shot just wasn’t falling. But the Dakota Ridge senior can’t help himself. He had to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game. It was a good thing that he did.

    DiFolco scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including the Eagles’ final 11 points, as Dakota Ridge rallied for a 65-57 win at Standley Lake on Dec. 9.