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Today's News

  • Reviewing the lessons of Columbine

    By Hannah Hayes

    When I see parents waiting at a bus stop, I can remember the multitude of feelings I had when my child came home from school on the day of the Columbine shootings. The illusion of schools as safe havens was irrevocably shattered, as were so many lives. We are all Columbine.

  • How to avoid coyote conflicts

    Coyotes are active in Jefferson County and the metro area. The following is adapted from Colorado Division of Wildlife literature.

    Coyotes on the Front Range?

    Coyotes are extremely adaptable and can thrive in urban areas. From downtown Denver to the smallest suburb, coyotes are not new to residential communities. They can and will be found in any neighborhood that provides their basic needs — food, water, shelter and space.

     

    Why are they here?

  • Eagles continue to roll

    Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: all men’s underwear is on sale, most flatscreen televisions are discounted 15 percent and baseballs are now available in the outdoor garden center. Thank you.

    Blame Dave Whitaker for that last one. The Dakota Ridge catcher hit a ball so hard April 15 it rocketed over the fence in center field, caught fire as it re-entered the atmosphere and landed next to a stack of fertilizer in the parking lot across the street.

    Or something like that.

  • Columbine's Thomas signs with Hastings

    When Columbine’s Aimee Thomas committed to playing volleyball at Hastings College, coach Ron Alexander said he probably gave his neighbors a good scare.

    After hearing the good news, Alexander went out to his backyard and let out an excited yell.

    Obviously, he was happy with Thomas’s decision.

    “We’re excited to have her,” Alexander said. “Aimee’s a wonderful match for our program.”

  • Chargers brave elements, topple Lobos

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield girls lacrosse team put forth a performance April 16 that would’ve made a postman grin.

    Despite bitter cold temperatures and a downpour of rain that intensified deeper into the contest, the Chargers made sure to make all of their deliveries.

    Against a gritty Conifer team that battled for most of the first half, Chatfield blew a close game opening, scoring 11 unanswered goals, leading to an eventual 20-10 victory at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Kopp bill aims to save businesses $10 million a year

    Colorado businesses will save roughly $10 million a year if the state eliminates a 3 percent worker-compensation surcharge, says South Jeffco’s state senator.

    Republican Sen. Mike Kopp, who is pushing the legislation, says the fee is unnecessary, and his bill to eliminate it cruised through the Senate and is now in the House.

  • Community orchard coming to fruition

    The community orchard that started as a seed of hope in Shirl Smith’s heart is coming to fruition.

    Four planter beds and rows of wooden stakes crisscross a vacant field just southeast of Waterstone Community Church on West Bowles Avenue. More than 130 trees will be planted within the next week or two, transforming the field into a patch of life and hope.

  • Bruins sweep Chargers

    Kelsey Brading and the Chatfield Chargers are promoting hard court harmony through better communication.

    Once in awe of Cherry Creek’s mighty tennis program, the Chargers have gotten to know the Bruins through annual Class 5A nonleague dual meets and just really enjoy playing them.

    Consider it the most polite combat since fencing.

    Brading especially, as she faced defending No. 1 singles champion Caroline Schnell, whom she was once standoffish with until they started playing together as 11-year-old doubles partners.

  • Columbine students planning a day without division

    As the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High shootings approaches, two Columbine students want everyone to know that they’re done.

    “We are done with all the drama,” said Beau Loendorf, a Columbine High senior. “We are done with the hate.”

    And so Loendorf and Columbine sophomore Olivia Leyshock are organizing a “Day Without Hate.” The pair hope the event, scheduled for May 1, will inspire students to forgo their cliques, forget about petty conflicts, and realize there’s no need for division.

  • Unbeaten Rebels continue to roll

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine girls lacrosse team played April 9 as if they had something very important planned later in the evening.

    Perhaps it was homework, a good television show or maybe the Rebels just wanted to get out of the cold air at Trailblazer Stadium, but they made short work of rival Dakota Ridge.

    “It was awesome. For sure,” Rebels junior Annie Larson said.

    Totally awesome.