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Today's News

  • Chargers sprint past Bears

    LAKEWOOD — The advancement of Chatfield quarterback Sam Stratton has played out vividly over the past two seasons. A runner, a thrower, a leader and a playmaker at different times, the senior Wyoming pledge has put all of them together to become – quite simply – a weapon.

    But one-man teams don’t knock off the No. 4 Bear Creek Bears. And that’s what made Chatfield’s monster 34-21 Class 5A Big 8 League victory Sept. 17 so sweet.

  • Agree or disagree, he’s our president

    One of my dad’s favorite stories about me is when he took me to the Big Top to buy a kite when I was 5. We found everything we needed for 97 cents. I handed my dollar to the store clerk and waited for change. When I asked for it, he told me it was for the governor. I said I didn’t want to buy a governor. After my dad and the clerk explained that the governor was going to use my 3 cents for the road to get to the store and the school I would soon attend, I acquiesced and let him keep the change I had anticipated.

  • Overreaching -- an immutable law of politics

    As in physics, politics has a handful of immutable laws. One of these is the Law of Overreaching, which states that the party in power will inevitably overreach.

    Majority parties tend to act as though the entire population shares their core agenda. The problem with this, of course, is that for the most part no majority is possible without the support of a sizable number of voters who aren’t affiliated with either party.

  • 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.