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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge students stay away from Obama address

    Given the option of taking their classes to the school library to hear President Obama’s address as a learning exercise, not a single teacher at Dakota Ridge High School did.

    Some 50 students went as individuals to watch the president’s address Sept. 8 after principal Jim Jelinek gave them the option of leaving class to attend.

  • Going to the dogs: Canine events proliferate at Summerset Festival

    Tens of thousands of people attend the Summerset Festival in Clement Park every year, and over the years more and more canine companions have joined them.

    So it might even be fair to say that the 2009 edition of Summerset is going to the dogs. And, with a little luck, a few pups looking for permanent homes will go a long way toward finding new owners.

    This year's Fun Day For the Dogs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, will host 15 to 20 canine rescue groups that will reach out to potential adoption families.

  • Skaters, deputy, volunteers work to clean up skate park

    It’s not always a sign of impending cooperation when a law enforcement officer shows up at the local skate park.

    But a t Clement Park on Sept. 12, a group of skateboarders, a Jeffco sheriff's deputy and other volunteers gathered to tidy up the park and let everyone know it shouldn't be trashed.

    "We wanted to make a difference at the skate park," said 16-year-old Nick Bruso, a local skateboarder who spends a lot of time at the park skating and filming his friends. "This is like our home."

  • Santa scout: South Jeffco teenager on a mission to brighten holidays for U.S. Marines

    It may only be September, but David Kozak is looking to assemble a few good Christmas stockings.

    And the aspiring Eagle Scout knows exactly whose holidays he wants to make bright.

    "U.S. Marines," he said. "They're pretty elite, and they're overseas fighting so we can live in freedom back here. They deserve a Christmas more than anyone else, and they're not getting one."

  • Chargers finally get best of Rebels

    Beating Columbine was something the Chatfield softball team often talked of doing, but when it came to executing, always seemed to come up short.

    It appeared the same would hold true Sept. 17 as the Chargers came up to bat for the final time trailing their rival 1-0 on their home field.

    But, thanks to some timely hitting and heads-up baserunning, Chatfield finally got the better of Columbine, scratching out a 2-1 victory on its home field.

    Jenna Dentino was the hero, as she laced a single down the left field line that brought in the game-winning run.

  • Chatfield tops Standley Lake

    LAKEWOOD — Offense has come like water from a stone this season for the Chatfield Chargers.

    There were encouraging signs Sept. 15 that they had at least tapped into a good vein.

    “We’re getting better as a team,” Logan Bailey said. “The flow is better.”

    Bailey scored in the ninth minute as the Chargers earned a 1-0 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Standley Lake Gators at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    It wasn’t the usual blitzing of a second-tier Jeffco team, but none of the Chargers seemed to mind.

  • Exclusive Martial Arts opens

    By all indications, Exclusive Martial Arts is going to be a smashing success.

    As the two owners sat to discuss their new business, carloads of people came and went, each asking when the school will open and expressing excitement about the project.

    The school opened Aug. 10 for classes, but owners Matt Young and Nick Nolen held an open house Aug. 15. The two, 25 and 24, respectively, say their youth will be an asset in keeping Tae Kwon Do classes fresh and energetic.

    "If the classes aren't fun, this business will die," Young said.

  • Falcons lose in straight sets

    Height is a huge advantage is volleyball at any level.

    This fact was demonstrated on Sept. 18 as the Front Range Christian Falcons were spiked, slammed and served into defeat in their home opener by the fourth-ranked Resurrection Christian Cougars.

    The Cougars towered over the smaller and less experienced Falcons and used their height to their advantage, controlling the game and winning in straight sets 25-18, 25-20, 25-13.  

  • Falcons playing with swagger

    There is a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ between plays when the Front Range Christian Falcons are on the field.

    For some football teams, it’s probably just testosterone gone mad. For the Falcons, it’s something of a reminder.

    “The past couple years we haven’t been up, we were always down – we get down on ourselves,” Falcons quarterback Jalen LeDoux-Hayes said. “This year has worked lot better. We have an edge.”

  • 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.