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Today's News

  • Jeon looking for redemption

    Front Range Christian coach Greg Blake thought his Falcons were pretty good.

    On Aug. 25, they proved him right.

    In a symbolic tournament victory, the host Falcons won the Mile High League event at Raccoon Creek behind standout senior Min Kyu Jeon and a strong team effort.

    Jeon fired an even-par 72 to be the overall winner, while the Falcons combined for the low score 249. Even better for Blake, the Falcons were better than Jefferson Academy (249) and Alexander Dawson (253), two Class 3A squads ranked in The Denver Post’s top five.

  • Historic win for Eagles

    When you send a girl nicknamed Bam to the plate, certain outcomes shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    How about a two-run, walk-off home run?

    Bam Mammenga got everything out of her one at-bat Aug. 29 as her home run to center field gave the Dakota Ridge Eagles a 10-0 Class 5A nonleague home-opening victory over the ThunderRidge Grizzlies.

    The ball appeared to skim off the center fielder’s glove before all parties were separated by the fence. The ball bounded up the hill toward Easton Park and the Eagles went wild for their sophomore hero.

  • Chatfield opens for classes days after evacuation

    Chatfield High School opened to all students and staff Monday morning after 500 freshmen were forced to evacuate the building Aug. 21 as a result of an airborne irritant.

    Two dozen students and staff were taken to hospitals Aug. 21 after the unidentified irritant made them ill. About 500 freshmen at the school for orientation had to evacuate that afternoon.

  • Answers from AJ: Question: What's going on with all that sidewalk work in Canterbury? The sidewalks seem fine.

    Answer: Inspectors saw some deterioration on certain parts of the sidewalk and gutter system in that neighborhood and chose to have the contractor replace the sections while they’re still under warranty.

    The residents of the Canterbury neighborhood —just north of West Meadows Drive and west of South Kipling Parkway — who regularly walk the sidewalks have probably noticed the replacement work.

    It may seem odd, considering that the sidewalks seemed fine and the work is irregularly spaced throughout the neighborhood.

    What gives?

  • Stretch of Santa Fe now honors fallen Navy SEAL

    The stretch of Santa Fe Drive between I-25 and C-470 now stands as a memorial to a Littleton native who was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan.

    On Aug. 18, that section of road was renamed the “Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial Highway.”

    Dietz was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. According to military reports, Dietz, the team’s communications specialist, saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers that day. Sixteen other SEALs died in the battle, the single worst day for American fatalities in the war in Afghanistan.

  • Chip with different clubs

    Too often I see amateur golfers chipping with just one club, usually a high-lofted wedge, around the green. I urge you to practice chipping with different clubs and then take these newly learned shots to the golf course.

    Before being able to use different clubs around the green, you need to practice and see what different trajectories each club will give you.

  • Deputy injured after confronting suspected car thief; suspect shot

    A Jeffco sheriff’s investigator who confronted a suspected car thief Aug. 19 was dragged down Santa Fe Drive by the stolen vehicle and suffered serious injuries.

    When Investigator Art Peterson, 52, approached the stolen truck, the female driver sped away, dragging him down the street. Peterson then shot the driver at least once; she was being treated at Denver Health Medical Center.

    Peterson was in serious condition at Swedish Medical Center but had made improvements since the accident, according to Jeffco sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • Lack of money grounds Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival permanently

    The Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival, an annual fixture at Chatfield State Park for nearly a decade, has been canceled permanently.

    "We just don't have the time or the resources in this economy to make this work," said Terry Smith, one of the event's organizers.

  • Floundering cities: to rebuild or not

    By Hannah Hayes

    In the spirit of Michigan, where I’m at: Should Flint tear down one-third of its city? There’s a June 6 article in Forbes magazine called “The Best and Worst Cities for Recession Recovery.” Colorado has one city on the “best” list, Boulder, because of its technology industry and the university creating stable jobs. At the top of the “worst” list is Flint, Mich., with “the longest road to recovery.”

  • Jeffco government salaries

    Jefferson County government salaries 2009

    County Commissioners

    Administrative Specialist II 3367.00

    Commissioners Exec Secretary 5334.26

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00

    Elected Official 7275.00