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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Collegiate academy locked down on erroneous reports of man with a gun

    A report of a man with a gun forced the temporary lockdown of three South Jeffco schools Sept. 4.

    Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires said that Falcon Bluffs Middle School, Mortensen Elementary School and Collegiate Academy were put on temporary lockdown about 12:30 p.m. Sept. 4, but restrictions on all three have since been lifted.

  • Buffaloes topple Rebels

    The Columbine volleyball team is a work in progress.

    Coach Kathy Miks literally has an entire new group of girls to work with, as only two players with varsity experience returned for the 2009 season.

    The Rebels may be young, but they have a lot of talent, and that has Miks excited.

    She wasn’t too excited with how things transpired Sept. 9, when the Rebels hosted Smoky Hill.

  • Columbine clips Dakota Ridge

    Greg Lubeck and Kurt McCluskey were teammates once in baseball. Of late, the two have been lining up opposite each other on the hard court for Dakota Ridge and Columbine.

    “I realized I wanted to stay consistent with him,” Lubeck said. “Put the ball away when I needed to. I played him in the summer and I knew if I could hit against him, I could beat him.”

    Lubeck was right as the Dakota Ridge No. 1 bested McCluskey 6-0, 6-1 as part of the Class 5A Jefferson County League dual between the rival programs.

  • Front Range Christian rejoices at fair: Football, fun highlight back-to-school event

    The start of a new school year is often bittersweet, as students are happily reunited with friends but brutally separated from summer’s vacation from work and worry.

    Students at Front Range Christian School acted out this dichotomy Aug. 29, reveling in the fourth annual Front Range Christian School Town Fair while pausing to wield a sledgehammer to vent a little frustration on a hapless automobile.

  • Chatfield: Balloon festival treated equally

    While the state park system valued hosting the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park every year, it couldn’t extend any financial breaks to prevent the demise of the financially ailing event, a parks spokeswoman says.

    "We loved the event," parks spokeswoman Deb Frazier said last week. “It was spectacular. Certainly the event is sorely missed."

  • Stratton's monster game carries Chatfield to win

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield struck early and often in its cross-classification showdown with rival Dakota Ridge at Jeffco Stadium.

    The Chargers raced out to a 33-6 halftime advantage and cruised home to a 46-27 win on Sept. 4.

    Senior quarterback Sam Stratton was electrifying, both on his feet and throwing the football. Stratton ran for scores of 82 and 96 yards in the first half, and added a 68-yard scamper to his credit in the fourth quarter. He also threw a 68-yard touchdown to Erick Gayton and a 1-yarder to Tim Gleason.

  • Rebels working out kinks

    Trying to find positives in a 7-0 defeat can be a difficult thing to do.

    But, when you are a team in transition, such as the Columbine Rebels, the early season setbacks can become valuable teaching tools.

    Shortly after the Rebels were defeated by visiting Ponderosa on Sept. 2 at Dave Sanders Memorial Field, coach Robin Ortiz gathered his girls around and discussed what transpired on the field.

  • Breast Cancer 3-Day Cure comes to South Jeffco, raises more than $1.8 million for research

    Denise Riley collapsed in front of her pink tent in Clement Park on Aug. 29 after walking more than 19 miles.

    She pulled off her shoes and peeled away her socks to reveal several large blisters on the bottom of her feet. She looked exhausted.

    But for Riley, the pain and exhaustion were well worth it.

    "I'm walking for my mom, who's gone," Riley said. "And hopefully I'm doing something to help my four sisters and the rest of my family."