Today's News

  • Proposed sale lands Foothills in controversy

    A group of Shadow Ridge neighborhood residents began mounting opposition last week to the proposed sale of Foothills Park & Recreation District land south of the residential development.

    Commercial development of the land will decimate property values and ruin an otherwise scenic view from backyards, some residents contend. In addition, development would destroy a small ecosystem that is home to a prairie dog colony and is frequented by numerous birds of prey, they said.

  • Former county administrator to be subpoenaed in McCasky probe

    The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted July 22 to subpoena former county administrator Jim Moore in its investigation of former county commissioner Kevin McCasky, a decision that could bring to light information suppressed by multiple lawsuit settlements.


    It wasn’t that big of a deal to Tom Cencich. The 50-year-old 1978 Evergreen High School graduate has been to a number of international competitions. So last month’s North American Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Fla., wasn’t all that much different than the rest.

    But, in truth, it was.

    The 5-foot-6, 182-pounder entered the competition for one reason -- to shatter a world record. This was his third world championship and he literally had the bench press mark at the tip of his fingers. Or, more realistically, just under his feet.

  • Rush’s dream at nationals falls short

    Haley Stading probably knew that her team had nothing to hold its heads down about. After all, the U-18 Colorado Rush Nike girls soccer team, just hours earlier, had played for a national championship. 

    “It was definitely an amazing ride. We played in one of the hardest regions and so many people didn’t think we could make it out of regionals,” said Stading, a graduate of Evergreen High School. “ ... It’s something will remember forever.”

  • Sports briefs

    Dakota Ridge to host Gold Crown tryouts
    Dakota Ridge High School will be holding Gold Crown tryouts for the upcoming 2011 volleyball season on Aug. 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Dakota Ridge High School. For more information, visit www.eaglesactivities.org or contact  Nikki Kneuer at nikkineuer@comcast.net or  (303) 588-9448.

  • Fire damages home on West Rowland Drive

    A fire heavily damaged a South Jeffco home July 28 in the 11000 block of West Rowland Drive.

  • Local police-impersonator incident linked to Aurora assault

    A police impersonator who made a traffic stop on a young woman Monday afternoon in South Jeffco may be one of the two men suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Aurora the day before, police say.

    About 3:30 p.m. Monday, the impersonator pulled over a car in South Jeffco. Though the man was dressed in a uniform and drove what looked like a squad car, the young woman reportedly found the circumstances suspicious and did not leave her vehicle, as the impersonator told her to do.

  • Chatfield swim beach closes again

    Officials closed Chatfield State Park’s swim beach on July 27, marking the third closure in recent weeks due to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water.

    The contamination is likely due to recent heavy rains, the park said, which can wash material into the reservoir, and high temperatures, which can encourage bacterial proliferation.

    The reservoir’s water will continue to be tested every day, officials have said. If the bacterial levels are within acceptable limits, the beach will reopen.

  • Emily Johnson named to dean’s list

    Emily Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Dakota Ridge High School, was named to the dean’s list for the fall and spring semesters of the 2010-11 school year.

    She attends Baylor University, and is enrolled in the honors program for health science studies and pre-physical therapy.

  • Words can set the caged bird free

    By Anushka Anastasia Solomon