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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.”