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Today's News

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Chargers end lax season on high note

    LAKEWOOD — It was the best of games; it was the worst of games.

    But in a tale of two girls lacrosse teams, the Chatfield Chargers and the Evergreen Cougars who faced off at Trailblazer Stadium on April 30, the hardest question to answer might have been ‘what the dickens were they playing for?’

    Neither the 7-5 Chargers (4-3 Jefferson County League), nor the 1-11 Cougars (0-7 Jeffco League) had much to play for late in the season, so the game became more about preparing for next season, and just having fun.

  • New-energy candidates powerless in IREA election

    Challengers for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association — who called for more openness and a willingness to embrace alternative energy sources — were soundly defeated in last week’s elections.

    The three challengers all were endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    • In District 7, incumbent George Hier received 3,899 votes, to 1,862 for Charles Bucknam.

  • County working to build healthy Head Start

    The article in the Canyon and Columbine couriers on April 22 may have given the impression that Jefferson County’s social services fund would leave the Head Start program short $650,000 and in violation of federal law.

  • Dakota Ridge tops Bears, soars to second in Jeffco

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles needed their energy April 30. Beating Bears and getting in dog piles takes a lot out of a young lady.

    In their final game of the regular season, the Eagles tied a bow on their second-place finish in the Class 5A Jefferson County League by grinding through a 2-0 victory over Bear Creek at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    Then they dogged freshman goal scorer Heather Ward and proceeded to run around throwing ice at each other, giggling and tackling the unlucky ones.

  • South Jeffco man arrested in slaying

    South Jeffco resident Andrew McClay has been formally arrested in the slaying of 38-year-old Nicole Burns, who was found bludgeoned to death April 24 at McClay’s apartment on West Bowles Avenue.

     

    Deputies responded to the apartment Friday to conduct a welfare check on McClay. Upon entering, deputies found Burns’ body on the floor just inside the residence.

     

  • The strangest budget year yet -- really

    Have you ever noticed how every year is the most amazing something in people’s memories? We’ve never had a drier winter. We’ve never had a hotter summer. That’s the best team we’ve ever had. I’ve never seen someone behave so badly. It’s usually not true. Time has a tendency of evening things out.

  • Hepatitis scare reported at local Albertsons

    People who bought produce at the Albertsons at West Bowles Avenue and South Platte Canyon Road may have been exposed to hepatitis A and are encouraged to contact the Tri-County Health Department for vaccinations.

    It was initially reported that customers who bought produce between April 6 and 21 needed to be tested, but it turns out the Albertsons worker who tested positive for hepatitis A could have spread it as far back as late March.

  • Perfect game sends Eagles packing

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Every team experiences both of these emotions at some time.

    Not many teams experience both within mere hours of each other as the Dakota Ridge baseball team did May 2.

    The Eagles needed two wins in the Class 5A District 3 bracket to gain entry into the state tournament. The day started out promising, but did not end as they would have hoped.

  • Chatfield High student urges students to race on track, not streets

    Megan Rhodes, a sophomore at Chatfield High, has teamed with the Colorado State Patrol to urge her classmates to race cars on a track rather than the street.

    Her words carry weight, because Rhodes is a straight-A student — and because, for fun, she races dragsters at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison. Her everyday car is a 2007 Roush Ford Mustang.

    Rhodes spoke April 21 at a news conference with Colorado State Patrol troopers and metro area police officers to promote the Take It To The Track program, which lets licensed drivers race at Bandimere Speedway.