Today's News

  • Scores attend school board meeting to protest music cuts

    Scores of teachers, students and parents flooded the Jeffco Board of Education meeting Jan. 19 to protest cuts proposed in the district’s elementary instrumental music program, forcing the fire marshal to temporarily shut down the meeting.

  • DeGette reaches out to new constituents

    When I first heard that Congresswoman Diana DeGette, D-Denver, would announce her bid to be re-elected to Congress from the 1st Congressional District at the Columbine Library, my first thought was, “I thought that library in Cherry Creek was on Milwaukee, not Columbine.”
    As it turned out, I was right — there is no Denver library on Columbine Street. DeGette, who has represented Denver in Congress since 1997, chose to announce her re-election plans from the newest part of her district, the part in South Jeffco around Columbine and Ken Caryl.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Forest grump

  • Prep standings (as of Jan. 22)


    Columbine: 7-1, 12-3
    Ralston Valley: 6-2, 11-4
    Dakota Ridge: 6-2, 8-6
    Chatfield: 5-3, 7-7
    Standley Lake: 4-4, 9-6
    Lakewood: 3-5, 7-8
    Pomona: 2-5, 7-6
    Arvada West: 1-6, 3-11
    Bear Creek: 1-7, 1-14

    2A MILE HIGH (AS OF JAN. 22)
    Denver Christian: 5-0, 11-0
    Heritage Christian: 5-1, 9-2
    Alexander Dawson: 4-1, 6-6
    Resurrection Christian: 2-1, 10-1

  • Sports briefs

    Davis scores twice as Chargers snap a two-game losing streak
    — Kyle Davis scored two second-period goals and David Stephens’ third period power-play score proved to be the game-winner as Chatfield defeated Summit 3-2 at the Stephen C. West Arena on Jan. 21.
    The win snapped a two-game slide for the Chargers (6-5-1, 7 points Foothills Conference).

  • Horodyski shatters butterfly record

    ARVADA — Ashley Horodyski, in her own words, was struggling toward the end of her 100-yard butterfly final on Jan. 21 at the Jeffco Invite. Yet, by the looks of the end result you wouldn’t have known it.
    The Columbine swimmer set a meet record in 56.67 seconds, holding off Ralston Valley’s Erin Metzger-Seymour by .16 seconds for one of two Lady Rebels’ victories at George J. Meyers Pool.

  • Chatfield stops Rebels for Bame

    As if the Chatfield Lady Chargers didn’t have enough of a reason to win on Jan. 20, after all they were hosting archrival Columbine at Chatfield Senior High School, there was also the will to win for its fallen leader Brittany Bame.
    With Bame watching from the sideline with crutches in tow and her high school career over, Chatfield broke a tied game early in the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run and pulled away for a 59-50 win over the Lady Rebels.
    Kristi Vaninger led three Chatfield players in double figures with 15 points. Kristi Ohlschwager added 13 and

  • Rebels’ experience pays off

    Josh Daly knew what the situation was going to be like, the atmosphere that is a Columbine-Chatfield boys basketball game.
    The Rebels senior guard knows how big of a rivalry this is, especially this season with both teams sitting near the top of the standings in the 5A Jeffco League. Thus, he and his Columbine teammates were intent on playing with a lot of energy and staying atop the conference standings.
    And that’s what they did.

  • West Metro firefighters to take reduction in pay

    Firefighters in the West Metro Fire Protection District recently agreed to a 3 percent pay cut to help the district deal with dwindling property-tax revenues. The deal also includes a reduction in health benefits and a two-year salary freeze.

    The approved contract includes a 3 percent salary cut for the district’s more than 300 firefighters and a $300,000 reduction in district health-care contributions. The pay reduction averages $160 to $200 a month for each firefighter. Four civilian jobs also were eliminated.

  • Snow patrol

    The youngest member of Littleton’s volunteer snow squad is just 6 years old. This is Maiti O’Shea’s first year on the snow squad, where her shovel is indispensable in helping to clear out three of her neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks.

    Maiti joins sisters Molly, 12, and Tatum, 7, brother Finn, 9, and their dad, Sean, in a five-year family tradition of helping their neighbors.