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Today's News

  • Jeffco ruled by Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — With twice as many freshman and sophomores as they have upperclassmen, the future is bright for Columbine’s girls lacrosse team.

    Its present is pretty sunny, too.

    The Rebels enter the final week of the regular season with an unblemished record, thanks in large part to their fast-paced offensive attack. Columbine’s speed has been difficult for opponents to contain, and as a result, attackers and midfielders are scoring goals in bunches.

  • Lesson Plans: Leawood faculty losing pounds by the minute

    If you swing by Leawood Elementary School in South Jeffco on a Friday afternoon, you might see students wearing pink, purple or red.

    These aren’t the latest fashion trends. The colors are being worn by the students to show support for teachers and other school employees who are competing for the most workout minutes before March 20.

  • Chargers throttle Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield’s Kevin Joyce was just trying to make contact. The Green Mountain Rams couldn’t stop getting hit.

    Michael Camporeale was hobbled. The Rams were humbled April 22 as the Chargers frolicked to a 16-3 Class 5A Jefferson County League statement victory.

    The six-inning victory did nothing to alter Chatfield’s disappointing third-place finish in league, but it did give the Rams their first in-state loss of the season and remind people the Chargers can play as advertised when they put their heads in the game.

  • Rebels outlast Wildcats in OT

    ARVADA — Columbine’s girls soccer victory over Arvada West was measured in sweat and the blood of freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Phillips.

    Phillips lost a tooth, bloodied her mouth and was initially thought to have suffered a concussion April 23 when she went in for a save with four minutes remaining in a tie game and got kicked in the face by a Wildcats’ striker.

  • IREA holding pivotal election

    Results should be available Wednesday in pivotal elections for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

    The three challengers all have been endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    In District 5, challenger John Masson is facing off against incumbent Bruff Shea; in District 3, Mike Galvin is challenging Gene Sperry; and in District 7, Charles Bucknam is seeking to unseat George Hier.

  • Community remembers Columbine with candlelight vigil

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."

  • ‘Sloppy’ accounting leaves Jeffco short of Head Start funds

    A fund that Jefferson County taps to meet its matching requirement for Head Start preschool services apparently is not large enough to cover the county’s obligations for this fiscal year.

    County staff determined last November that the social services fund will run dry before December, leaving the county $650,000 short for Head Start — and in violation of federal law.

  • Citizen budget panel gets down to brass tacks

    Two months after its first meeting, the Citizen Budget Review Panel is finally getting down to the nitty-gritty.

    April 14 marked the group's fifth meeting and was the first time members discussed issues among themselves without county officials in the room.

  • Controlled burn in progress at Mount Falcon

    Seeing smoke around Mount Falcon Park today?

    Don’t panic. Jefferson County Open Space natural resource crews are taking advantage of the snow-covered park to burn slash piles.

    “It was an opportunity to burn the slash piles,” said Thea Rock, spokesperson for Jeffco Open Space. “The snow on the ground contains the fire.”

    Burnings started Monday and ended Wednesday.

    Rock said she didn’t know if any other burns are scheduled at this time.

     

  • Our Readers Write

    Witwer relies on discredited assumptions

    Editor:

    Rob Witwer’s column is an example of what Al Gore pointed out in “An Inconvenient Truth,” that the popular press doesn’t hesitate to level the playing field between pure ideology and scientific theory, presenting the former as the equal to the latter, in complete disregard of evidence, logic, and a broad consensus among experts.