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Today's News

  • Finally embarking on my dream job

    I have a confession: I am an unapologetic coffee snob.

    Flipping the little red switch on my coffee maker to brew organic, shade-grown, fair-trade, dark roast is the first thing I do every morning, without fail.

    I like it strong, uncorrupted by the likes of cream and sugar, which cover up the gentle bitterness and delicious, earthy undertones that follow every sip.

    For me, nothing goes with my morning joe, with one exception. For that ingredient I stumble out my front door and begin the search for the reliable oblong bag hiding somewhere on my deck.

  • Rebels embrace underdog role

    PARKER - The word underdog rarely has applied to the Columbine football program.

    Usually, the Rebels are the big, bad wolf looking to blow down the houses of all the teams that stand in their way of a state championship.

    That reputation has been well earned, thanks to more league titles than one can count and four state championships in the past 10 years.

  • Three Columbine athletes sign letters of intent

    New York City has long been known as the mecca of basketball.

    Demitra Apergis has great appreciation for the intense battles wages on the courts in New York City, and soon, the Columbine senior will be right in the thick of its bright lights.

    Apergis signed a national letter of intent with the New York Institute of Technology on Nov. 13 at Columbine High School. Apergis will attend the school on a basketball scholarship, and to say she’s looking forward to college is an understatement.

  • Senior moments highlight a birthday week

    I’ve had my share of senior moments the last week, more of them unforgettable than forgetful.

    No single piece of mail can more brutally deliver mortality’s sharp stick in the eye than the dreaded AARP membership packet, and my own little reminder of the five-decade milestone came when seniors and their concerns were uppermost on my mind.

  • $2.2 million grant will make county buildings more efficient

    Jeffco taxpayers could save more than $250,000 a year on utility costs for county facilities in coming years thanks to a $2.2 million grant from the federal government.

    The county will formally accept the money next week and begin working with contractors to develop a plan to upgrade the energy efficiency of some of its buildings. The county has 180 days after accepting the funds to commit 100 percent of the grant money, and three years to spend it.

  • A new approach, on the Rox

    Owning and managing a business is a lot like being the parent of a new baby — it takes time, money and energy to nurture your offspring to maturity. For Rox Bar and Grill owners Chang Lee and Yumi Ogai, there is more than one new baby in their life.

    Lee and Ogai became parents for the first time four months ago to a baby boy named Siwon Ryan; they also took ownership of Rox Bar and Grill on Oct. 16. As if that weren’t enough change in their life, Lee and Ogai also relocated to Littleton from east Aurora three weeks ago so they could be closer to their new business.

  • Rebels rough up Patriots

    LAKEWOOD — Aaron Torres has enough eye-black strips on his face to block out the sun at high noon in Phoenix.

    Considering those patches have Danny Spond’s name on it and the injured Columbine quarterback’s favorite Bible verse, Torres’ face is kind of like a living shrine for the senior he replaced in Week Seven

    “To come off the field having Danny tell me what I did wrong, it’s good,” Torres said.

  • Columbine clips Chaparral

    PARKER - The Columbine Rebels are headed to the Class 5A state football quarterfinals after a 21-13 victory over Chaparral on Nov. 14 at Burt.com Stadium.

  • Jeffco on track for $7 million in investment income in 2009

    Jefferson County is on track to earn about a 2.6 percent return on nearly $270 million in investments in 2009, according to the county's investment manager.

    Mark Hubbard told the county commissioners Oct. 27 that the county had earned $6.13 million on $267.9 million in investments through Sept. 30, and that it would finish "just a smidge" over $7 million by the end of the year.

    The biggest chunk of county investment money is invested in Federal Home Loan Bank funds, to the tune of more than $73 million.

  • Bid for state comes up short

    Thanks to its dominance in Jefferson County and some strong non-conference wins, the Chatfield volleyball team was rewarded for its strong play by hosting one of four Class 5A regional tournaments on Nov. 7.

    After a long day of volleyball, Chatfield’s opportunity to reach the 5A state tournament hinged on its final match of the day against Doherty.

    The Chargers (21-5) put forth a good effort but the height of the Spartans proved too much as Doherty earned the region’s second state tournament berth with a 30-28, 25-13, 25-22 victory.