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Today's News

  • Commissioners launch 'citizen input meetings'

    The Jefferson County commissioners launched a series of public meetings last week dubbed "citizen input meetings," aimed at interacting with the public and allowing for extensive question-and-answer sessions with county officials and staff.

    The first stop on the tour was The Peak Recreation Center in South Jeffco, where the commissioners hosted about 20 area residents.

    "We just want to keep you up to date on what we have going on in the county," said Commissioner Kevin McCasky. "We really want to get your feedback."

  • District says no decisions made on school closures

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Jeffco Public Schools says no final decisions have been made on possible school closures or changes to high school articulation areas.

    The district's Facility Usage Committee — made up of 33 community members, district employees, union representatives and others — has been meeting since March to find ways to save money with more efficient use of district buildings, said district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Mr. Biggs owner promises improvements

    A new owner of Mr. Biggs wants the community to know that despite incidents associated with some of his past properties, Mr. Biggs will be a family-oriented destination with public safety as a top priority.

    “There will be no negativity to this property whatsoever,” said Art Cormier. “This is a family-oriented fun center.”

    Concerns about the new direction of Mr. Biggs were raised when an electrical outage during an Oct. 10 concert attended by 1,500 resulted in more than a dozen Jeffco sheriff’s deputies responding.

  • Arapahoe knocks Columbine out of state soccer tourney

    Columbine coach Brian Todd has been around soccer long enough to appreciate the bigger picture.

    So when the 22nd-seeded Rebels saw their season come to a rude end Oct. 31 in a 4-0 loss to No. 11 Arapahoe, Todd and many of the players took comfort knowing they had experienced something that will only make a young team better.

    The Rebels took one on the chin, but now they at least know what kind of punch they must develop a year from now.

    “We definitely quit, so to speak,” Todd said. “We were pretty flat for who we are.”

  • Chargers booted in first round

    AURORA — One player and a controversial call in the last 15 seconds of the game helped end what was a promising season for the Chatfield Chargers as they fell 2-1 to the Rangeview Raiders in the first round of the Class 5A state soccer tournament.

    Davey Anderson scored both goals for the No. 16-seeded Raiders, but it was the last 15 seconds of the match that had the No. 17-seeded Chargers hot as they left the field.

  • Panthers too strong

    LAKEWOOD — One of the most overused phrases in sports just happens to fit the Columbine Rebels to a T.

    It’s playoff time. And that means it’s a whole new season.

    For a team that began the season ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, only to get upset by arch rival Chatfield and then lose standout do-everything senior Danny Spond (concussion) amidst a meltdown to secondary rival Bear Creek, the Rebels are hoping to forget the past and salvage something this week.

  • One step closer

    The Chatfield volleyball team had just one goal as the host of the Class 5A District 2 Volleyball Tournament – win each game in three matches.

    The Chargers were on their way to that goal Oct. 31 with a 3-0 victory over Abraham Lincoln in the first game of pool play. And, even though Chatfield went on to win the District 2 tournament with a 3-0 win over Fort Collins in the championship matchup, it was the second game of pool play which gave the Chargers a challenge.

    It was the Dakota Ridge Eagles who came along with a plan of their own.

  • Chatfield girls qualify for state

    The Class 5A, Region 2 cross-country race took place on Oct. 22 at the Chatfield Botanic Gardens, but without the help of countless volunteers clearing the cross-country course, it may not have.

    The course was wet, muddy and snowy thanks to a storm the night before, and countless volunteers spent the entire day shoveling snow and getting the course ready for the race.

    And the Dakota Ridge Eagles are sure glad they did.

  • Snowstorm eases; schools to reopen Friday

    The season's first big snowstorm left up to 2 1/2 feet in some parts of South Jeffco, but the precipitation eased enough Thursday night for Jeffco schools to announce they would reopen Friday.

    Scattered snow showers were expected to continue overnight. Roads alternated between merely slick and outright treacherous during the course of the two-day storm.

    Check our website for updates.

     

  • Local couple found dead of gunshot wounds

    A couple were found shot to death Monday in a home near South Kipling Street and West Florida Avenue, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reported.

    Deputies went to the home early in the morning after the couple’s daughter requested a welfare check. The deputies met the daughter at the home, and they discovered the two bodies inside.

    The preliminary investigation indicated that no third party was involved in the deaths.

    Names were being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family.