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Today's News

  • Moore pleads guilty to charges in Southwest Plaza bombing

    A man charged with planting a homemade bomb in Southwest Plaza Mall last April pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to related counts in federal court.

    Earl Moore, 65, had previously pleaded not guilty to an arson charge in May. A plea agreement was not available at press time, though Moore faces a minimum sentence of 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office stated.

  • Roller hockey league looks to revive glory days in the new year

    South Jeffco resident Curtis Fulster was 11 when he developed a taste for roller hockey, slapping pucks across the makeshift parking-lot rink at the former Funplex site in the halcyon Rocky Mountain Roller Hockey League.

    Now 24, the Dakota Ridge High School grad has seen the league burgeon to hundreds of players and construct a world-class $2.5 million two-rink indoor facility nearly Kipling and 285.

    And lately, he’s seen it struggle.

  • Building a better community, one grappler at a time

    As young students tangle and contort on a floor of wall-to-wall mats, jui-jitsu instructor Steve Hordinski watches and gently corrects the young combatants.

    Hordinski, owner of Relson Gracie Colorado, is in the business of molding youngsters into more confident people, one technique at a time.

    “We want to make an impact on the community in a positive way,” Hordinski said. “We want to teach leaders here.”

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  • Hoping for 2012 to repeat last year

    As I sat back and reflected on 2011 with our Year in Review sections in the Dec. 28 editions I couldn’t help but hope that 2012 will be just as enjoyable as the past 12 months were.
    After all, we saw Columbine’s football team, led by brothers Cameron and Bernard McDondle, run the table to a 14-0 record and a fifth 5A state football championship since 1999.

  • Curling starting to find its niche in the Colorado landscape

    The word curling is likely more closely associated with what one’s hair does than what people do for sport on ice. But slowly that mentality is changing.
    Often associated with European countries, curling started to get a footing in American culture when it was broadcast on television during the 1988 Winter Olympic Games held in Calgary, Alberta, as a demonstration sport.

  • Swimming is Marosy's life

    For Kristi Marosy there is just something about the pool. Maybe it’s the chlorine that has infused with her DNA, or maybe it’s the fetal lull of the water splashing into the gutters. But whatever it is it’s got a hold of her good.

  • A year of change

    2011 was a time of change in South Jeffco. The usually quiet community experienced dramatic political changes through a controversial redistricting and reapportionment process. Local agencies began slashing budgets in a time of economic crisis. The school board election proved to be one of the most contentious battles in the state.

  • Waterton Canyon reopening delayed until March

    Denver Water has postponed opening Waterton Canyon until March 1 because a contractor hired to dredge massive amounts of sediment from Strontia Springs Reservoir is running behind schedule.

    In addition, less than half of the dredging work specified in the $30 million contract has been completed, Denver Water has paid the contractor, New York-based Sevenson Environmental Services, only a little more than half of the $30 million and the two groups are locked in an out-of-court contract dispute, the details of which have not been divulged.

  • Conifer couple surrenders 38 Pomeranians

    A Conifer couple surrendered 38 Pomeranians last month to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, flooding Foothills Animal Shelter with dozens of small dogs in need of medical attention.

    The octogenarian couple, Raymond and Phyllis Kooken, who for years have sold puppies out of their home, voluntarily relinquished custody of all but 10 of their Pomeranians. The couple will be allowed to sell five puppies and to keep five, which are older, provided the dogs are sterilized.