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Today's News

  • Chargers lock up top seed with win over Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Everything was at stake for the Chatfield Chargers on April 30. At the same time, nothing was.

    With the Class 5A Jefferson County League girls soccer title already in their back pocket, a loss to rival Columbine would have done nothing to change their position as the top-seeded team out of Jeffco for the playoffs.

    But the fact that it was Columbine and that the top seed overall in 5A looks much better, the Chargers were all business at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    And Sarah Schmeda was the boss.

  • Bobcat battles way back to health, is released

    Seven months after being hit by a vehicle on C-470, a bobcat has battled her way back to health and been released back into the wild.

    The bobcat was one of two crossing C-470 just north of the Morrison exit the morning of Sept. 23, 2008. Both were struck by at least one car, killing one and severely injuring the other.

    The surviving bobcat was taken to Deer Creek Animal Hospital, where she went into immediate surgery to repair two broken femurs. One of the bones required a screw and a pin, and the other required several wires and a pin.

  • Chargers double up Falcons

    LAKEWOOD — Trace Wollner was a little concerned about the infection in his knee after he got rubbed out on the turf at Trailblazer Stadium.

    Of course, if having that ailment produced the kind of offense Wollner showed off May 1, the rest of the Chatfield Chargers might be thrilled to get sick.

    Wollner scored seven goals and dished one assist, as the ninth-seeded Chargers hammered out a 10-5 victory over No. 24 Highlands Ranch in the first round of the boys lacrosse state playoffs.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."

  • Chargers humbled by Lobos

    FORT COLLINS — It was an impossible question for Chatfield baseball coach Mike Yansak to answer.

    What was more surprising, his team giving up 11 runs in five innings, or registering one hit?

    So, instead of trying to answer the unanswerable, Yansak spoke glowingly of two-time defending Class 5A state champions Rocky Mountain, which sent his team packing into the night.

  • Southwest Plaza owner files for bankruptcy: mall managers say shoppers will be unaffected

    Despite a bankruptcy filing last week by its parent company, Southwest Plaza’s management says shoppers should see little impact.

    General Growth Properties Inc., based in Chicago, which owns Southwest Plaza and owns or manages more than 200 malls and other retail properties nationwide, filed for Chapter 11 protection April 16.

    "All day-to-day operations and business of all of GGP's shopping centers and other properties will continue as usual," the company said in a statement April 22.

  • Commission votes to increase developer fees

    Developers planning projects in Jefferson County will see their costs rise July 1, but county taxpayers will still pony up most of the cost of processing projects.

    Starting July 1, the plan will allow Tim Carl, the county's development and transportation director, to incrementally raise fees over the next five years to the point where his office recovers 25 percent of what it actually costs the county to process development projects.

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • 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.