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Today's News

  • Late flurry carries Chatfield past Dakota Ridge

    Rivalry games should have one automatic: Intensity.

    The stands should be full, the crowd should be loud and the game should be electric.

    Our side vs. Your side. These colors vs. Those colors. You vs. Us.

    Against Dakota Ridge on Dec. 12, the Chatfield Chargers fought like Switzerland for 28 minutes before they finally went on a serious offensive.

    “Coach got on us a little bit,” Chatfield’s Tyler Rogers said after the Chargers erupted in the final four minutes for a 69-48 Class 5A Jefferson County League victory over the Eagles.

  • Was Rebels' home win Bartok's swan song?

    Jim Bartok has a lot of accomplishments on his résumé.

    More than 300 career wins, most wins all-time as coach at two schools and countless playoff appearances, including Columbine’s first Sweet 16 berth last season.

    Bartok added one more win to his tally when his Rebels defeated Bear Creek 55-41 on senior night at Columbine.

    Bartok, who is rumored to be retiring after this season, notched his 96th win at Columbine with relative ease in a game that his team led by more than 20 points for most of the way.

  • No title, but Perkins can still smile

    FORT COLLINS — Things at the Class 5A state girls swimming and diving championships did not go as Shelley Perkins had planned.

    Then something truly unexpected happened to make things a little better.

    The highly touted Chatfield senior speedster placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle after swimming the second-best times in both events during prelims at the Edora Pool Ice Center.

  • Jeffco race tightens

    In any successful relationship, communication and trust are vital.

    The Dakota Ridge girls basketball team didn’t feel as though they trusted each other, so, just prior to its biggest game of the season, the Eagles held a team meeting to discuss their lack of dialect.

    The 45-minute session proved to be very productive as the Eagles kept their unlikely Class 5A Jefferson County League title hopes alive with a convincing 46-34 victory over Chatfield Feb. 12 at Chatfield Senior High School.

  • Missing any lawn art?

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is trying to find victims of a crime spree that occurred on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Lawn art was stolen from homes across South Jeffco on Feb. 1, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. The homes hit were in an area roughly bordered by South Pierce Street, South Wadsworth Boulevard, West Bowles Avenue and C-470 to the south.

     

  • Hartman on the hot seat at CoHOPE meeting

    An umbrella group for area homeowner associations peppered Jeffco Commissioner Kathy Hartman with questions for an hour on Feb. 4 about everything from property assessments to the county's ability to respond to zoning violations.

    Hartman, who spoke at the Council of Homeowner Organizations for a Planned Environment, took most questions in stride, and she deferred on some issues to Tim Carl, Jeffco's director of development and transportation, who also attended the meeting.

    Property assessments

  • Has America vanquished racism?

    By Hannah Hayes

    There’s no doubt Jan. 20, 2009, ushered in a color change. Still, racial bigotry is a stubborn, often deeply entrenched characteristic. It’s been only three weeks since the inauguration, three months since the election, and a new president couldn’t possibly jar that manner of thinking loose in such a short time. Could he?

  • Applications for gun permits soar in Jeffco

    President Obama's one-word slogan during last year's campaign — “change” — has meant different things to different people.

    But many people in Jefferson County apparently feel that one change will mean stricter gun-control laws, as the sheriff has been busy with applications for concealed-weapon permits.

    The sheriff's office issued 2,314 concealed-weapon permits in 2008, more than double the number issued in 2007 and more than three times the total for 2006.

  • Crime continues decline in South Jeffco

    Crime has been steadily declining in South Jefferson County over the last few years, and that trend largely continued in the second half of 2008.

    Both serious and less-serious categories of crime have decreased in South Jeffco since 2004, when there were 4,475 “part 1,” or serious, crimes reported. That same year there were 7,437 less-serious, or “part 2,” crimes. In 2008, those numbers had fallen to 3,317 and 5,708, respectively.

  • What’s in a word? Well, plenty

    In his terrific essay on “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell observed that “(w)hen there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”

    Orwell spoke of a phenomenon that exists in our time as it did in his — the hijacking of language to conceal the truth behind political objectives.