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Today's News

  • Lesson Plans: For Columbine teacher, dedication adds up to award

    Lori Young, in her 11th year teaching math at Columbine High School, has received several awards over the course of her career.

    Young has been honored with a teacher recognition award from the Boettcher Foundation and was recognized as Columbine’s teacher of the year for 2008-09. But Young’s latest accolade means a lot, because it comes from her peers.

  • Snafu delays county employees’ checks

    An administrative error left hundreds of county employees without the paychecks they expected to receive on Sept. 4.

  • Kopp will seek second term in state Senate

    Republican Mike Kopp will seek a second term representing South Jeffco in the Colorado Senate, citing the need to continue to press for an array of state reforms.

    Kopp, of Ken Caryl, is hosting a campaign kickoff event from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Clement Park.

    “I’m a reform guy,” Kopp said. “I follow the reform leadership model, and I assume that less and more nimble government is a better form of government, and there’s a lot of work to be done in that area.”

  • Chargers still searching for first goal

    The Chatfield Chargers have a goal. Namely, to score one.

    After three games, the boys in burgundy and perennial Jefferson County boys soccer champions are 0-3 and have been outscored 6-0.

    “The team is frustrated,” coach Paul Moline said Sept. 8 after the Chargers were dropped 2-0 by Fort Collins. “Everyone is frustrated. You just got to get that first one under your belt.”

    The Chargers gave up an early goal and a late goal as they were pressing for the equalizer in the Class 5A nonleague match on their home field.

  • A committed public servant

    After the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, his brother Ted ended a moving eulogy by saying, “My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.”

  • A decade of amazement: Chatfield corn maze roars into its 10th year

    A large dinosaur is sitting in a cornfield at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

    In fact, it’s an 8-acre dinosaur, created from more than 28,000 corn plants.

    The giant T-rex is this year’s theme for the gardens’ corn maze, which opened Sept. 4 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The twists and turns of the maze take all summer to create.

  • 'In Jaryd's name and his honor'

    In just two short weeks, it will have been 10 years since 3-year-old Jaryd Atadero went missing on a hike about 60 miles west of Fort Collins.

    Allyn Atadero, the boy’s father and a South Jeffco schoolteacher, says his son’s memory and Recreational Safety Awareness Week — the second week of September — drives him to help other families avoid the same fate. The week-long observance, in its second year, culminates in a large event at the Denver Aquarium to raise awareness for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card.

  • Eagles put it all together

    LAKEWOOD — Giving up big play after big play last week against Chatfield left the Dakota Ridge defense with a bad taste in its mouth.

    To cleanse themselves from the Week 1 thrashing, the Eagles took out their frustrations on Green Mountain.

    While their goal of a shutout was nullified early, the Dakota Ridge defense dominated the Rams, allowing a paltry 139 yards of total offense as the Eagles evened their record at 1-1 thanks to an impressive 30-6 Class 4A West Metro victory Sept. 10 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Jeffco setting up distribution network for flu vaccine

    Jeffco health officials are setting up a distribution network for the H1N1 flu vaccine, anticipating a large demand for the shots this fall.

    "We're planning for a high level of demand for the vaccine," said county health department director Dr. Mark Johnson. "What actually happens, and what the demand actually turns out to be, will depend on how hard the flu hits or the perception of a shortage. We're planning that it's going to be big."

  • Chargers hold off Mustangs

    LAKEWOOD — They say Mustangs are tough to tame. But, put them alongside a stable horse and, with time, the Mustang can calm down.

    That’s what happened to the Ponderosa Mustangs when they played the Chatfield Chargers on Sept. 11 at Jefferson County Stadium. The Chargers’ defense cooled off the Mustangs’ offense in the second half and Chatfield walked away with a 17-10 Class 5A nonleague victory.