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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bruins best Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield Chargers did all the work needed to garner a top-three ranking during the season, and a No. 9 seeding in the Class 5A state football tournament.

    They handled Ponderosa, pounded Bear Creek and knocked off Columbine to finish the regular season 6-3 in a very tough Big 8 League. But the loss of quarterback Sam Stratton (knee) proved to be a shot directly to the heart and soul of a team that showed that with all its guns loaded, it was one of the best in the state.

  • Little house of horrors: Halloween fun at The Ridge

    A creepy crowd of characters took over the gym at The Ridge Recreation Center on Oct. 30.

    Among those walking table to table at Foothills Park & Recreation District's Boo-rific Bash and Splash Halloween celebration were at least two devils, a couple of dragons and one kid dressed like the Joker from “Batman.” Some chose the light instead of the dark, dressing up as princesses, ladybugs and the ultimate storm chaser, who sported a Doppler on Wheels truck as a costume.

  • Runners give all at state

    FORT COLLINS — Austin Appel clutched his knees, gasped in the sun and spit the remnants of the stuff in his mouth that had recently crept up the old food pipe.

    So with that vivid of a picture, it’s no surprise the Dakota Ridge junior didn’t mince words when asked to describe his 14th-place finish Nov. 7 at the Class 5A state cross-country championships at Fossil Ridge High School.

    “It was one of my worst races of the season,” Appel said. “I don’t know … I’ve been sick for a while, but I felt even worse today.”

  • Existing law must handle car-bicycle conflicts

    Several weeks after the Jeffco commissioners formally decided they would not seek legislation giving them the power to restrict bicycling on county roads, Commissioner Kathy Hartman says the cycling-versus-motorist issue comes down to one simple thing.

    Both sides need to follow the existing law.

    "We tell everybody to obey the law, and tell everybody that we are going to continue to enforce the law," Hartman said.

  • Two incumbents defeated in school board races

    Paula Noonan defeated incumbent Richard Rush for South Jeffco's District 5 school board seat in Tuesday's election.

    Noonan, a Democratic activist who operates two legislative-related websites, won the race by 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent .

    In District 2, Evergreen resident Sue Marinelli lost her seat on the board to challenger Laura Boggs, a business consultant. Boggs captured 51.4 percent of the vote to 48.6 percent for Marinelli, a former teacher and the current board president.

  • Meeting on short-term vacation rentals now set for Nov. 18

    The Jeffco planning commission meeting concerning short-term vacation rentals was canceled and postponed until Nov. 18 because of the scnowstorm. The board was scheduled to meet Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 3:15 p.m.

    Visit www.jeffco.us/planning for information on the Nov. 18 meeting. The purpose of Wednesday's meeting was decide on a final recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. The public testimony portion of the hearing has been closed. The matter then goes to the commissioners in about three weeks after the planning commission makes a recommendation.