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Today's News

  • Chargers rally to trip up Skiers

    The first period of Chatfield’s key Foothills League showdown against Aspen turned out to be an aberration rather than a harbinger.

    The Chargers shook off an unlucky start and a 1-0 deficit Feb. 5 and stormed back for a 5-3 victory over the Skiers at the Edge Ice Arena.

  • Community newspapers not extinct

    Few industries have gone from boom to bust as quickly as newspapers.

    In 1989, I was working for the Rocky Mountain News, and times were good. Really good. Our circulation was soaring, and ad sales were humming along.

    Fast-forward 20 years, and many things have changed. The Rocky has disappeared, and several other major dailies have followed that same path to extinction. Craigslist has drained away classified advertising. The current economic downturn is taking its toll. And of course readers are turning to the Internet for their news and away from print publications.

  • Dog beloved by U.S. soldiers found safe

      Heidi, the expatriate Iraqi pooch who was missing since Tuesday in South Jeffco, has been reunited with her new family.

    The dog, a white-and-black speckled mixed breed, was adopted last year by Spec. Shawn Flint, 24, who is finishing a year-long tour with the Army National Guard in Iraq. Heidi was found about noon Saturday, having been spotted the night before by a local resident.

  • Jeffco backs legislation requiring maintenance of ‘distressed properties’

      Jefferson County recently crafted state legislation that would make foreclosing banks and other real estate owners responsible for maintaining distressed properties in their possession.

    House Bill 1118, sponsored by Rep. Jim Kerr and Sen. Evie Hudak, was introduced Jan. 15 and has not been amended by the House.

  • Shorthanded Eagles hang on

    All teams have to face adversity; it’s just a matter of how they deal with it.

    The Dakota Ridge boys basketball team was put in a tough predicament when junior Danny DiFolco suffered a concussion Jan. 29 during a win over Standley Lake and had to miss some games, including a Feb. 5 showdown with Green Mountain.

    Without DiFolco and junior Cooper Robbins (knee) the Eagles overcame to beat the Rams 63-61 and remain atop the Jeffco League.

  • Signing day nets record for Chatfield

    National signing day is always historic for the athletes and their families. It can also be historic for the school they represent.

    The Chatfield Chargers saw three football players sign Division I scholarships Feb. 3, the most from that school in its 25 years.

    Chatfield athletic director Chad Broer offered that nugget of information as tight end Kyle Slavin (Colorado), quarterback Sam Stratton (Wyoming) and offensive tackle Alex Novosel (Nevada-Las Vegas) signed their college letters of intent, along with basketball standout Trevor Wages (School of Mines).

  • School board weighed difficult choices

    The Jeffco school board took serious actions on Jan. 14 related to managing school facility capacity. The district’s student population has steadied at about 80,000-plus kids, and students “choicing” in and out of neighborhood schools have affected the numbers of kids at different schools.

    Ken Caryl Middle School was on the block at one point so Jeffco could fill more seats at Deer Creek Middle School. A walk-through of the Deer Creek facility showed insufficient library, gym and cafeteria space for the roughly 1,200 kids that would be in that building.

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

      Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.

  • Former Ken Caryl Middle School teacher arrested on Internet luring charge

      A former South Jeffco middle-school teacher of 34 years recently was arrested on suspicion of propositioning an undercover police officer who was posing online as a 14-year-old girl.

    Lawrence Haverland, who began teaching at Ken Caryl Middle School in 1970 and retired from the school in 2004, was arrested Nov. 5 by Pueblo police. The former teacher allegedly initiated the online liaison with the undercover officer on Sept.

  • Jeffco settles suit in death of jail inmate

      Jefferson County last week settled a lawsuit surrounding the 2005 death of an inmate in the jail.

    An unspecified amount will be given to plaintiff Kathie Sims, whose son Anthony was found dead in the jail on Nov. 1, 2005. Anthony was in custody and facing charges related to sexual assault on a child at the time of his death.

    The Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation and ultimately determined Anthony’s death was a suicide, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.