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Today's News

  • South Jeffco woman killed in accident involving school bus

    An 89-year-old South Jeffco woman was killed May 15 in an accident with a school bus after she apparently failed to stop at a stop sign and drove into the bus' path.

    Elizabeth R. King was driving a gray 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo east on West Brook Drive about 3:55 p.m. May 15, according to Trooper David Hall of the Colorado State Patrol. She apparently failed to stop at the stop sign at West Brook Drive where it intersects with South Wadsworth Boulevard, just north of Wadsworth and C-470.

  • Citizen budgeters recommend county finance $60 million in projects

    Jeffco’s Citizen Budget Review Panel will formally recommend that the county spend $5 million annually for the next 20 years to finance more than $60 million in construction and equipment needs.

    The panel, made up of county residents, has been meeting since late February to help officials prioritize spending on construction and equipment. Over the last few months, the group has met with various county departments to hear about the most pressing needs and has grappled with how to generate funds to finance the projects that county officials say are desperately needed.

  • Blume reaches coaching apex with win

    COMMERCE CITY — Recently, more questions than answers had surrounded the Chatfield girls soccer program.

    Despite annually having some of the most talented teams in the state, the Chargers were always snake-bitten come playoff time.

    Since 2004, the last time the Chargers won a state title, they had advanced past the state quarterfinals just once. For just about any other program, that would be reason to celebrate.

    For Chatfield, it was head-scratching.

  • Chargers back on top

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    “The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive,” he said.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    “It’s crazy,” Rowe said. “There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing.”

  • Going out in style

    LAKEWOOD — When Evan Appel accepts his diploma from Dakota Ridge High School on May 22, he’ll do so at Jefferson County Stadium.

    It’s a fitting end to Appel’s high school days as Jeffco Stadium has been a home away from home to the senior.

    Appel made his final racing memory at the stadium a good one, overtaking Cherry Creek’s Walter Schafer early in the final lap of the Class 5A 1,600-meter final on May 16 to pick up his sixth state title (four track, two cross-country).

  • Chargers claim 5A soccer title

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    "The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive," he siad.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    "It’s crazy," Rowe said. "There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing."

  • The world (and the universe) according to ‘Star Trek’

    I didn’t watch much television as a kid, but I was a big fan of “Sesame Street.” When “Street” came on at 4 o’clock, I’d hold my breath waiting for Ernie and Bert. Then, at about age 5, I turned on the TV, and who should grace the screen but William Shatner, in all his over-the-top glory, starring as Captain Kirk? From that moment on, “Sesame Street” was a thing of the past.

  • Legislative session previewed election

    In one way or another, virtually every one of the 120 days in the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly was some kind of preview of the 2010 elections.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”