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Today's News

  • Eagles slide past Chargers

    Alex Ellison didn’t get many opportunities to swing the bat April 11 in Dakota Ridge’s game against rival Chatfield.

    Walked three times, Ellison spent more times with his bat on his shoulders than he did taking cuts.

    But, when he did get a chance to swing, he made sure his hacks counted.

  • Ambitious artists not over the top

    For several years, a husband-and-wife team of “environmental artists” named Christo and Jeanne-Claude has proposed a massive project near Canon City titled “Over the River.”

  • Come together

    Garrett Keaney, a fifth-grader from Normandy Elementary, will play violin. Brandon Ware, a senior at Chatfield Senior High School, is on percussion. Brenda Anderson, a mom, will be the conductor.

  • Another hat in 6th CD ring: Highlands Ranch lawyer hopes to capture Dem nomination

    Barely three months into his first term as congressman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Mike Coffman already has two challengers gunning for his job in 2010.

    The latest contender is Democrat David Canter, a Highlands Ranch resident who says his 20 years as a lawyer have given him the skills necessary to not only win the Democratic nomination but to beat Coffman.

  • Spring interrupted: South Jeffco residents get Mother Nature’s drift

    A spring snowstorm slammed South Jeffco and much of the state on March 26, days after near-80-degree temperatures had some people putting their snow shovels and winter clothes away. But not everyone was disappointed by the foot of flakes that blanketed the area.

    “This is the best day in my life,” said Kayla Beyerlein, who enjoyed a morning of sledding and laughs with her family March 27 on a gentle hill in Clement Park. Kayla, 6, was with her parents — Katie and Kevin Beyerlein — and her younger brother and sister.

  • Evergreen Newspapers' all-area basketball teams

    With March Madness now officially over, the calendar says we must spring forward.

    But, before we dive head-first into baseball season, let’s take a final look back at the prep basketball season.

    While no team in our coverage area won a state title, there were plenty of highlights along the way:

  • Dogged determination: Lynda Fine still working to establish off-leash dog park

    A plan to use part of a Foothills Park & Recreation District park for a dog park has run into some snags, but the woman behind the proposal is not giving up.

    “It was a curve I wasn’t expecting, but that just pumps me up even more to get this done,” said Lynda Fine, who’s been trying since November 2008 to establish an off-leash dog park in the area. “We can’t just sit back and let this drag on.”

  • Baal carried Eagles

    Janelle Baal had always been used to being one of the younger players on the court during her basketball career at Dakota Ridge.

    That all changed her senior year.

    As the lone returning starter off a squad that had reached the Great 8 of the Class 5A state tournament, Baal was being looked upon by her coaches and teammates to guide the Eagles.

    The 5-foot-3 Baal gladly hoisted the Eagles on her shoulders, and carried them higher than most expected.

  • Kopp rips boost in vehicle registration fees

    South Jeffco’s state senator says an increase in vehicle registration fees will take money from Colorado taxpayers at a time when they can least afford to give it.

    “My issue with this bill was that we’re in a recession, and family budgets are crunched,” said Sen. Mike Kopp, a Littleton Republican. “Maybe now is not the best time to gin up a very large new fee that functions basically like a tax on people.”

  • Family escapes South Jeffco house fire

    Five members of a South Jeffco family escaped uninjured March 25 after waking up to find their home in flames.

    The early-morning blaze left the home at 7377 S. Flower St. uninhabitable, and the family will be displaced for at least six months.

    The fire may have started near a backyard grill, according to Micki Trost, spokesperson for West Metro Fire Rescue. Flames traveled up the rear of the home and worked their way in, causing extensive damage. The homeowner woke up and was able to evacuate his wife and three daughters ages 7, 8 and 11.