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Today's News

  • Dakota Ridge still searching for points

    Janelle Baal’s game has blossomed this year.

    The Dakota Ridge point guard has gone from distributor to scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game. The senior plays aggressive defense and still hands out nearly three assists a game.

    While Baal’s scoring may be up, the wins are not. As the lone holdover from an experienced 2007 Dakota Ridge team that reached the Class 5A state quarterfinals, Baal hasn’t experienced losing on a consistent basis until this year.

    Admittedly, it’s hard to take.

  • Committed to aging well

    Conventional wisdom holds that in an economic downturn, those with something to sell should hunker down and wait out the storm.

    Not Jim "Griff" Griffin.

    Griffin, owner of Avanti Gars & Grapes Winery in South Jeffco, is planning to counter a slower economy by producing more of his trademark Avanti wine and offering it in more places.

    "You have to have faith in yourself," Griffin said, sitting in his store on West Bowles Avenue. "If you don't, you end up losing ground."

  • Kopp stars in GOP video response to State of the State

    State Republican legislators responded to Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter's State of the State speech last week in a video that appears on YouTube.

    The video response featured state Sen. Mike Kopp, R-South Jeffco, and state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs. It's the first time the Republicans have ever responded on a video that was subsequently distributed, and it marks the party's efforts to get more in tune with current technology.

  • A long road to justice

    South Jeffco resident Carrie Smith, who stole more than $100,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association, was sentenced Jan. 8 to nine months in the county jail, despite a recommendation from the prosecution that she be given only probation.

    District Judge Dennis Hall also sentenced Smith to 100 hours of community service and four years of probation. She will be given work release during her jail sentence.

  • Jeffco’s elected officials sworn in

    A week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, recently elected and re-elected officials in Jefferson County were being installed in their own ceremony.

    The swearing-in ceremony, slated for 8 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Facility in Golden, recognized 18 elected officials. The officials — judges, commissioners, the district attorney and a new treasurer — were sworn in by District Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson.

  • Rebels blank Mustangs

    What a difference a day makes.

    “We had practice yesterday, and the first 20 minutes I just shook my head. I was like, ‘You know, have you guys ever skated before?’” Rebels coach Jeff Marten said Jan. 3. “After a break like this, you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

    Marten got 16 saves from goalie Jordan Garkow and a goal in each period as the Rebels blanked Mullen 3-0 at The Edge Ice Arena. The Rebels (3-5) were physical yet disciplined and aggressive enough at the other end to generate 33 shots.

  • What I want for 2009

    How’s this for a resolution?

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions.

    Now, I have nothing against anyone that sets out to do something personally rewarding come Jan. 1, but for me, I’ve never subscribed to the belief that I’m going to radically alter the way I live my life by the turn of a calendar page.

  • Chargers work late-game magic

    When Chatfield’s window of opportunity finally opened, the Chargers threw everything they could at it.

    Sometimes, they didn’t even have to look.

    Forward Justin Norman scored the game-winner with a cheeky backhander four minutes into the third period as the Chargers used a two-minute onslaught to defeat Dakota Ridge 3-2 on Jan. 3 at The Edge Ice Arena.

  • Should the Big Three get a big bailout?

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  • Short-term gains?

    South Jeffco motorists pay considerably less for gasoline than people in Denver and across Colorado, according to a review of 11 area gas stations by the Courier.

    Drivers in an area bordered loosely by South Simms Street, Ken Caryl Avenue, West Belleview Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard paid an average of $1.43 per gallon of regular Dec. 17. Drivers in the Denver area paid an average of $1.52, and drivers statewide paid $1.60.

    The lowest price in the South Jeffco area Dec. 17 was $1.37 per gallon of regular unleaded, and the highest was $1.49.