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Today's News

  • Moore may file lawsuit over firing by county

      Former county administrator Jim Moore is pursuing litigation against the commissioners and the county attorney through a potential wrongful-termination suit.

    Lawyer Dennis Polk said the board gave a misleading rationale for Moore’s Dec. 9 firing.

  • Shrinking government will expand economy

    As the Colorado General Assembly returns to the Capitol for the 2010 legislative session, the state faces a $600 million budget shortfall in the current fiscal year and a $1.5 billion shortfall for the coming year. Though economists say the worst of the recession is behind us, they also say the recovery will be slow and it will take some time to recover the jobs we have lost.

  • Open to a new challenge

      Ralph Schell says he never set out to become Jeffco’s county administrator.

    The outdoorsy Colorado native has spent the majority of his working life cultivating a career in open space and parks. He graduated from CSU with a degree in outdoor recreation planning and worked for Colorado State Parks for 20 years before joining Jeffco government, where until recently he had served as Open Space director.

  • Penalties kill off hope of upset bid against Regis

    There’s the penalty kill, and there’s penalties that kill.

    Columbine’s bid to upset the defending champion Regis Raiders was made even tougher Jan. 20 by the Rebels’ frequent and untimely trips to the penalty box. The Raiders scored four power-play goals and added a shorthanded goal as they rallied for a 6-2 victory at the Edge.

  • Rebels get visit from the last frontier

    The Columbine Rebels gave new meaning to the term “non-conference game,” as the girls basketball team played host to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Jan. 21.    

    That’s right, Juneau, as in Alaska.

    The Crimson Bears, in their first of three Colorado games, came into Columbine and beat their gracious hosts 47-38 in what will look a normal non-conference game in the standings, but this was certainly no ordinary game.

  • Eagles upset No. 8 Chatfield

    Over the past few years, the Chatfield Chargers have dominated their boys basketball rivalry against Dakota Ridge.

    Chatfield was expected by many to continue the trend Jan. 22 at Dakota Ridge High School. Somebody forgot to tell the Eagles.

    The Eagles battled the Chargers tooth and nail for three quarters then took over the fourth to win 51-42.

    It marked the first Dakota Ridge win over Chatfield in many years. The fans stormed the floor after the final buzzer like college students after a big upset.

  • Ritter’s compass showed him the way

    Shortly after I started as the founding director of Denver’s Mayor’s Office of Regulatory Reform in 1991, Elbra Wedgeworth, the office’s deputy director, told me she wanted us to have breakfast with one of her Leadership Denver classmates from the district attorney’s office. Shortly thereafter, she and I met with Bill Ritter. From that day, the three of us went on to bigger and better things. Elbra became president of the City Council and brought the Democratic National Convention to Denver.

  • Cougars don’t make final grade

    The Evergreen Invitational was back in its former glory Jan. 16.

    Podium glory, however, eluded the home team.

    Due in part to the cancellation of Conifer’s tournament, the annual Evergreen Invitational grew to 21 teams as coach Lane Williams welcomed in some of the teams that were left without a place to wrestle.

    More teams meant more wrestlers for the first time in several years. But it also meant more competition and deeper brackets that almost all had multiple state placers lurking.

  • Student who protested Michelle Obama speech gets $4,000

    A Dakota Ridge High School student who was detained by deputies during a November 2008 speech by Michelle Obama at the school has settled his lawsuit against the sheriff’s office and Jeffco Public Schools.

    Blake Benson, now a senior at the school, is set to receive $2,000 from each of the two agencies. Benson, who was represented by the ACLU, said his First Amendment rights were violated.

  • DiFolco clutch in OT victory

    Danny DiFolco was the picture of Dakota Ridge’s overtime victory over Columbine.

    Before a boisterous crowd, with the lead changing hands faster than federal financial aid and momentum swings that felt like mood swings, DiFolco put his hand on the wall for support outside the locker room.

    “Excited. Overwhelmed,” the junior said. “It was just good to see that hard work finally paid off.”