Today's News

  • Bandmasters: Chatfield marching band has sights set on state semifinals

    Clarinet cases and water bottles are scattered haphazardly in the outfield grass on Chatfield High School’s baseball field. More than 100 students, most wearing shorts, stand at attention, waiting for cues from the marching band’s drum majors.

    It’s a Saturday — homecoming day — and the band members have been rehearsing since 8 a.m. They get their first substantial break at 11:15. Fifteen minutes later, they’re back in formation.

  • County will cut $30 million in spending in 2011

    Jefferson County is planning to cut nearly $30 million from its budget in 2011, officials said Oct. 12, citing a decrease in one-time funding from other agencies, including the federal government.

    With tax revenue remaining stable for the year, the $477 million budget is currently planned to spare employees from layoffs but will apparently not provide salary increases.

    Cuts, including $750,000 from the general fund operating budget, will help balance additional spending of $2.6 million for increased medical insurance costs for county employees.

  • Brush fire along C-470 extinguished

    A small brush fire along westbound C-470 near Platte Canyon Road likely caused by a discarded cigarette burned about 2 acres on the hillside Wednesday before being extinguished around 1 p.m.

    The fire burned for half an hour before fire crews squelched the flames.

    “We had two units on scene,” said Littleton Fire Rescue spokesman Jim Hofstra. “The fire was put out very quickly.”

  • Chatfield duo not psyched out

    DENVER — Kevin O’Brien and Ross Donovan had been looking at the Regis Jesuit duo of Tyler Brasel and Garrett Cochran ever since the bracket had been released. For Chatfield’s No. 3 doubles team, in all likelihood, if it was going to make the 5A boys state tennis finals it was going to have to defeat Brasel and Cochran.

  • Game plan works to perfection for Eagles

    For Danny Carney and Austin Appel, the game plan was simple enough — keep up with Columbine’s William Kincaid. The execution would be the hard part.

    But the Dakota Ridge runners not only stayed with Kincaid, but they beat him. Carney took first place and Appel second in leading the Eagles to a 5A Jeffco League boys cross country championship on Oct. 15 at Clement Park.

  • Farmers extend streak vs. Eagles

    LAKEWOOD — It’s been tough sledding for Dakota Ridge lately when it comes to facing Wheat Ridge. Entering its game on Oct. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium, the Eagles had lost each of their last three meetings to the Farmers. 

    That losing streak is now at four games after the Farmers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat Dakota Ridge, 28-14.

  • Eagles run out of gas at softball regionals

    ERIE — Katie Stead did all that she could to save Dakota Ridge’s season, but even that wasn’t enough on Oct. 16 at the 5A Region 5 softball tournament at Erie Ball Fields.

  • Roundup: McDondle helps Columbine to remain undefeated

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its game with Arapahoe on Oct. 15 at Jefferson County Stadium treading some water. The Rebels were still undefeated but needed overtime to win their previous two games and were without senior quarterback Aaron Torres, senior linebacker Kevin Osborne, and junior defensive lineman Josh Croy due to injuries.

    The Rebels (7-0, 3-0 Big 6) withstood the loss of their key players quite well, scoring 42 unanswered points en route to a 48-27 win over Arapahoe(5-2, 2-1).

  • Life’s most important lesson

    Several weeks ago, I wrote a column about the ways in which a great teacher can change lives. Since then, I’ve seen countless instances of just how true it is. Most recently, I received an e-mail from a friend, a lifetime classroom teacher in the Denver Public Schools, who signed his note simply, “Teacher-Servant”.
    What a title: Teacher-Servant. How countercultural. How bracing. How refreshing!

  • Accident on C-470 claims second victim

    A driver critically injured in Monday’s rollover crash on C-470 north of the Alameda interchange has died, following the death of her 8-year-old daughter at the accident scene.

    Denver resident Lynn Brower, 40, was taken to St. Anthony Hospital and was pronounced dead hours after the crash at 7:45 p.m., the coroner’s office said. Brower and her daughter, Mariah, were heading south on C-470 when their Ford Explorer collided with another car. The SUV consequently tumbled down the hillside next to the highway.