Today's News

  • A team effort


    Chatfield High seniors Dean Wright and Nik Treece have an appreciation for how precious life can be — both watched their moms live through the shock of a cancer diagnosis and the grueling treatments that followed.

    On Sunday morning, Treece, Wright and Wright’s mother, Colleen — along with the boys’ friends and teammates from Chatfield — were among 60,000 participants in the 18th annual Komen Denver Race for the Cure.

  • Foothills updates policy for prairie dog control


    The Foothills Park & Recreation District moved last week to update its guidelines for exterminating prairie dogs, minimally altering the document to reflect its current practices.

  • The heart of a survivor


    Jackson was only a few weeks old when his guardian, Connie Rivera, noticed something peculiar about him.

    Just like other bulldog puppies, he would snort, chew and run amok — but Jackson would curiously flop over, winded, after only a few rambunctious minutes.

  • Hartman, Rosier address county budget in debate


    County Commissioner Kathy Hartman squared off against her election opponent, Republican Don Rosier, at a Plan Jeffco forum Sept. 21 in a civil albeit technologically impeded election debate.

    Rosier, who was unable to attend the forum in person, appeared on a large projection screen behind Hartman in the county’s Open Space meeting room, frequently cutting out as the Internet connection slowed.

  • Unlikely source lifts Chargers to victory

    LAKEWOOD — Typically, one will find Collin Shampine playing defense for the Chatfield Chargers. But for multiple reasons — disciplinary, injuries and so forth — Chatfield head coach Brock Blume had to move the lanky junior up into the offensive set.

  • Dakota Ridge boys take second, Rebels' Kincaid first at Dave Sanders meet

    The following are results from the Dave Sanders Invitational high school cross country meet on Oct. 1 at Clement Park:


  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay


    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Our Readers Write

    League of Women Voters opposes 60, 61 and 101


    This letter is written in opposition to three fiscal ballot issues, 60, 61 and 101, which will be on the November ballot. The League of Women Voters is recommending that voters in Jefferson County vote no on each of these measures.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze in home's attic

    A fire apparently sparked by an attic fan broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a South Jeffco home on the 10000 block of West Fair Avenue. West Metro Fire responded with more than two dozen firefighters, extinguishing the blaze within less than 30 minutes.

    “It looked like an electric attic fan shorted out,” said Assistant Chief Keith Schneider. “We had five rigs come over and 25 firefighters … it took about 25 minutes to pull apart all the smoldering debris in the attic.”

  • McDondle, Rebels overcome late Chatfield TD to win in overtime

    LAKEWOOD — Cameron McDondle may never score a sweeter touchdown than the last one he scored on Oct. 1 at Jefferson County Stadium. That’s unless he scores one that results in the Columbine Rebels hoisting the 5A state championship trophy.