Today's News

  • Eagles learning as they go along

    LAKEWOOD — Elise Eppard was playing at No. 3 singles a year ago. This year, she’s at No. 1. Then there’s Becca Meyer, Dakota Ridge’s No. 2 singles player. She was a part of the Lady Eagles’ No. 4 doubles team in 2010.

  • Kincaid rules 3,200 at ThunderRidge Invitational

    This looks familiar.

    Though Dakota Ridge had the strength in numbers in the boys’ 3,200-meter run March 19 at the ThunderRidge Invitational at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker, Columbine had William Kincaid.

    Just like he did at October’s 5A state cross country championships, Kincaid chased down a first-place finish ahead of his Dakota Ridge counterparts, winning the two-mile race in 9 minutes, 48.46 seconds to set a meet record, breaking his previous mark set a year ago by more than 10 seconds.

  • Chatfield swimmers flex muscles vs. Ralston Valley

    The Chatfield Chargers’ boys swim team made a statement that it is one of the teams to beat in Jeffco.

    The Chargers thrashed an undermanned Ralston Valley team, 191-118, on March 18 at the Ridge Recreation Center, winning 10 of 12 events.

  • Roundup: Fishel homers, Wilson fans eight in Dakota Ridge win

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Nate Fishel went 2-for-3, homered and drove in three runs as Dakota Ridge rallied to top host Valor Christian, 6-4, on March 16 for its first win of the season.

    Will Ochoa added two hits, while Ben Nutsch scored two runs for the Eagles.

    Steve Wilson allowed four runs — just two earned — on seven hits en route to the complete-game victory. He struck out eight.

  • Fire ban in effect in Jefferson County

    A fire ban affecting all lands in unincorporated Jefferson County took effect at 5 p.m. Monday due to the three wildfires that were burning near Golden, Soda Creek and Pine Junction.
    The Indian Gulch fire broke out Sunday. The Soda Creek and Pine Junction fires were extinguished Monday. The fire ban remains in effect until rescinded.
    On Tuesday, Jeffco officials issued a disaster/emergency declaration due to the need for outside resources and the high fire danger.

  • Star power: Astronomy class conjures Harry Potter characters to create memorable lesson

    Dusk at Hildebrand Ranch Park brought out fans of Harry Potter dressed in cloaks and coats, and with movie melodies playing in the background, kids and adults alike learned on Saturday night how some of J.K. Rowling’s characters got their names.

  • Littleton business owners receive sales award

    James Paul Palin and Denise Kinrade-Palin, owners of Once Upon A Child of Littleton, were awarded the Sales Excellence Award at the company's annual conference and trade show at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 22-25.

    The award is given to franchisees who achieve a specific level of sales.

  • Principal: Students lose if outdoor labs close

    When David Epp looks around the campus at Mount Evans Outdoor Lab School, he sees a chance for students to learn without limits.

    “Many times kids have thanked me, genuinely and deeply, (because) they have had the best week of their lives,” Epp said. “I can’t imagine taking it away from the kids.”

    Epp is close to completing his first year as principal at the school, even as news came from the district on March 11 that both the Mount Evans and Windy Peak lab schools might be closed.

  • Second-half charge lifts Chatfield

    LAKEWOOD — Casey Kopchik just might be the first one to tell you that winning the season opener, which Chatfield did with a 7-4 victory over Evergreen on March 11 at Trailblazer Stadium, is huge, but you’ve got to keep pushing.

    The Chargers, ironically, made their first push in the second half. Chatfield, a state quarterfinalist a year ago, scored the game’s final four goals — two from Kopchik — to erase a brief second-half deficit.    

  • Rebels tackling learning curve

    It was only one mishap, but early in the season, with a banged-up team and players still trying to get adjusted with one another, sometimes that’s all it takes. That was the case for the Columbine Lady Rebels on March 12.

    Courtney Brady’s goal midway through the first half, off an assist from Whitney Ravan, was all visiting Grand Junction needed for a 1-0 girls soccer victory. The win avenged a 5A state playoff loss to Columbine a year ago.