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Today's News

  • Rebels ready for playoffs

    LAKEWOOD — The wall that was Zach Robertson isn’t centuries old, can’t keep barbarians at bay and isn’t visible from outer space.

    It was a great wall, however, and it did keep a bunch of Green Mountain Rams thoroughly frustrated Oct. 22 at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    The Columbine sophomore goalkeeper played out of his head and threw his body and hands into everything the Rams sent his way, as the Rebels held on for a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory.

  • Recovery Court helping drug-abuse defendants get clean

    Jeffco’s Recovery Court, which offers defendants with drug abuse issues an alternative to prison, got a thumbs-up from several state representatives and two county commissioners last week.

  • Columbine girls off to state

    The Columbine girls cross-country team managed to sneak into the state meet after the Class 5A, Region 1 meet on Oct. 23 at Clement Park.

    The girls team tied with Ponderosa with 133 points. Arapahoe finished first with 52 points, Smoky Hill had 62, Chaparral took third with 81.

    Since there was a tie, the top five teams in the girls division will head to the state meet on Oct. 31 at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.

  • Chargers get best of Rebels

    It’s not often that both the winner and loser of a big rivalry game can come away from the action feeling good about itself.

    Typically, the winner gloats and is full of joy while the losers sulk and ponder what could have been.

    After the Chatfield and Columbine volleyball teams wrapped up four competitive games on Oct. 22 at Chatfield Senior High School, each squad was happy with their respective performances, and also looked forward to carrying the momentum gained in the regular season finale into this weekend’s district playoffs.

  • Upset bid falls short

    AURORA — As Lexi Love goes, so goes the Chatfield softball team.

    On Oct. 23 in the opening round of the Class 5A state softball tournament, Love was masterful – for six innings.

    Locked in a scoreless tie with Jefferson County League champion Ralston Valley, the Chargers needed to get just three more outs to send the game into extra innings and give themselves more time to try and pull off the first round upset.

  • Jeffco budget could grow by 5.1% in 2010, to $407 million

    Jefferson County envisions a budget of $407 million for 2010, which would be a 5.1 percent increase over spending in the current year.

    According to a preliminary preview given to the county commission last week, county budget officials are projecting $407.1 million in spending next year, compared to $387 million in for 2009. The difference will be made up with more than $20 million in fund-balance spending.

  • Up to 20 students given Breathalyzer tests at volleyball game

    One student suspected of being drunk at a Dakota Ridge High School volleyball game on Oct. 9 resulted in up to 20 students being administered Breathalyzer tests, leaving some parents less than pleased.

    The parent of one of the tested students who hadn’t been drinking was furious that her son was subjected to the breath test, saying school officials had no evidence that he had ingested alcohol.

    "Why do they have the right to do that?" asked the woman, who didn't want to be identified for fear of retribution. "I think it's absolutely crazy."

  • The cutting-edge of fitness: World-class fencer brings his classes to South Jeffco

    Tom Strzalkowski believes a better path exists to mental and physical fitness that doesn't involve contact sports or grueling hours at the local gym.

    It does, however, require a sword.

    Strzalkowski sings the praises of fencing, the centuries-old martial art that tests the mind and the body. A five-time NCAA fencing champion and a member of the 1996 Olympic fencing team, Strzalkowski recently launched the Fencing Academy of Denver, with most of his classes in the South Jeffco area.

  • Five candidates running for 3 seats on school board

    Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Jeffco school board in the Nov. 3 mail-in election.

    Candidates compete against each other in the district they live in, but they are elected by the citizens at large across the whole school district.

    All open offices are for a four year term. Robin Johnson is running unopposed in District 1. Laura Boggs is running against board president Sue Marinelli in District 2, which is Conifer and Evergreen. Appointee board member Rick Rush is running against Paula Noonan in Southwest Jeffco’s 5th District.

  • Standoff ends with fatal shooting of suspect

    A five-hour standoff in a South Jeffco home ended in death Oct. 23 as a man pointing a gun at Jeffco SWAT Team members was fatally shot.

    The standoff started when a woman called police to her home at 11345 W. Crestline Drive at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22, saying her adult son was upset and had fired a gun in the house, said Jeffco sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Deputies could hear additional gunshots from inside the home when they arrived. Reverse 911 was used to call 175 homes in the area and request that residents stay inside their homes and away from windows.