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Today's News

  • Sixteen not so sweet for Chargers

    COLORADO SPRINGS — The Chatfield Chargers’ Sweet 16 turned out to be a surprise party. Just not the kind of surprise they had hoped for.

    Facing second-seeded Doherty on March 5 for the right to advance to the Class 5A Elite 8, the third-seeded Chargers got a whiff of their fate on the opening tip-off at the World Arena.

    The Spartans tipped the ball to guard Bryse Velasquez, who took a few dribbles before nailing a fadeaway 3-pointer from the right wing. The Chargers would chase Velasquez and the Spartans for the next 32 minutes.

  • Forecaster takes dim view of economy

    Now that the economy has been blown out of the water by reckless real-estate lending and a massive $800 billion stimulus plan is in the works, don’t expect things to get much better in the next few years.

    The downturn that began in the fourth quarter of 2007 gathered momentum in 2008 and landed full blast in 2009, and it will continue into 2010 and beyond, said Keith Hembre, chief economist with U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis.

    Hembre’s credentials include being designated one of “the top five economic forecasters for 2008” by Business Week magazine.

  • Bouncing back from despair

    The warm-up run did not go well.

    Kaitie Vanatta desperately wanted to join her Dakota Ridge cross-country teammates at the starting line of the 2008 Class 5A state cross-country meet at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, but her legs wouldn’t comply.

    The senior had been trying to run through the pain for close to two years now. Some days, her legs felt good and didn’t send waves of pain rushing through her body. But, when they were hurting, there was little Vanatta could do to alleviate the discomfort.

  • Loss of Rocky affects us all

    I don’t like Bob Dylan, but I can’t help but repeat one of his most famous song titles over-and-over in my mind.

    “The Times They Are A-Changin.”

    Last week saw the end of an era in Colorado as the Rocky Mountain News closed after nearly 150 years of publishing newspapers.

    With its closing, prep sports coverage as we’ve grown to know it, will forever be different.

  • Seeds of hope: Area woman hopes to create community fruit orchard, with church’s help

    A seed planted with Littleton resident Shirl Smith in 2005 is about to bear fruit.

    Smith’s dream is to create a community fruit orchard to provide food for those less fortunate and to teach people how to live off the land. She wants to spread the idea across the country but hopes to lay the groundwork close to home.

  • Death takes a holiday: Unincorporated Jeffco seeing longest murder drought since late 1940s

    On July 23, 2007, a Realtor arrived at a home he was selling on Scenic Drive just west of U.S. 285, about halfway between Indian Hills and Aspen Park.

    A body was on the lawn. Robert Alurac, a 41-year-old Lakewood man, had been murdered.

    There hasn’t been a murder since then in unincorporated Jefferson County, a stretch of 590 days as of March 4. That’s the longest Jeffco has gone without a murder since the late 1940s, when there were no murders between November 1948 and February 1951.

  • Wakeman officially named county attorney -- finally

    Jefferson County has a new county attorney.

    Well, sort of.

    Ellen Wakeman was named county attorney Feb. 24 after serving for more than two years as the acting county attorney. She stepped in when her predecessor, Frank Hutfless, resigned in January 2007 and has been running the show ever since.

    “I’m very optimistic about a new era for Jefferson County,” Wakeman said.

  • Spring is in the air

    Is it really March already?

    Seems like only yesterday we were ringing in 2009 and now here we are, three months later. Time certainly can fly by, and with that said, there’s only a couple of months left until all the madness that is high school sports will be done and gone, buried under the breeziness of summer.

    Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s take time to look at what the spring could hold for us. Based on initial glances, the spring is appearing to be very promising.

  • Growing pains: Taj Mahal expansion will create security dilemma

    Jefferson County is set to spend nearly $9 million to expand the county courts and administration building, but the expansion will create security challenges that have yet to be resolved.

  • Eagles’ season comes to an end

    With many on the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team seeing their first significant playoff minutes, you had to wonder if nerves would be an issue.

    A 25-0 run in the first half answered any questions about postseason jitters as the No. 5 Eagles routed the No. 12 Mustangs of Mountain Range 54-24 Feb. 25 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    The win propelled the Eagles into a second round rematch against No. 4 George Washington in the Alice Barron Region on Feb. 27.