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Today's News

  • Eagles overcome officials, Spartans

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles had their hands – and minds – full on May 6.

    In the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs, the Eagles had to stop the Doherty Spartans, Mr. Roboto the animated referee, and the demons in their heads.

    The Spartans eventually fell in overtime, despite the best efforts of some bizarre refereeing decisions, and senior Emily Holley overcame a host of missed shots and saved shots to hit the biggest shot.

  • Chargers reach quarters for second straight season

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — To be a good goalie in lacrosse, you not only have to be daring – after all, who voluntarily signs up to have a hard rubber ball thrown at them at high speeds? – you have to be sharp.

    If your reflexes aren’t cat-like, you’re in trouble.

    Thankfully for the Chatfield boys lacrosse team, they have one heck of a net-minder.

  • Fighting back: 16th annual Courage Walk brings crime victims and victim advocates together

    Although the thermometer dipped to chilly environs the morning of May 2, the warmth among people gathered under pavilion No. 6 at Clement Park was palpable.

    They were about to embark on the 16th annual Courage Walk, in which crime victims and their families joined with victim advocates in a fund-raiser that brought in $3,268. The proceeds from the event, which coincided with National Crime Victims Rights Week, will help maintain the Courage Garden at the Jeffco Courts and Administration Building.

  • Drug-ring leader sentenced to 16 years

    The ringleader of a multi-state drug-trafficking ring was sentenced to 16 years in prison on April 30, nearly a year after Jeffco authorities announced 23 indictments in the case.

  • Lawsuit brewing in arrest of student at political protest

    A possible lawsuit is brewing against the Jeffco Public Schools and the Sheriff's Office over the November 2008 arrest of Dakota Ridge High student Blake Benson, who was detained after a political protest at the school.

    Benson, 17, was one of three Dakota Ridge students detained at the school Nov. 3, 2008, for allegedly refusing to comply with administrators’ orders to move their political protest across the street, rather than on the school’s front steps.

  • Rebels keep perfect record in tact

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls lacrosse team had a couple of reasons to be excited May 8.

    Having dispatched of No. 10 Chaparral 19-11 in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament, the seventh-seeded Rebels not only advanced to the quarterfinals, they also kept their perfect record in tact at 16-0.

    “Columbine’s never been past the first round before,” said sophomore Maddie Tedford, who scored three goals with an assist against Chaparral. “We were pretty fired up coming into the game.”

  • Chargers slip past Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Alyssa Gillmore likes the chaos amid the rough stuff.

    Bodies flying around the goal, players crashing into players and throwing their bodies in the way of danger? Gillmore says that just gives the game its proper tempo.

    While some teams got an easier result in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the top-seeded Chargers got a white knuckle – and a little bare knuckle – match May 8 in their 1-0 victory over Jeffco rival Green Mountain at Lakewood Memorial Field.

  • Falcons hold on, top Tigers

    While Front Range Christian may have won its Class 3A girls soccer first-round game against Colorado Springs Christian by just a goal, the game didn’t feel that close – until the end.

    After racing out to a 3-0 the 14th-seeded Falcons continued to attack the Tigers, but, were unable to convert on any of their eight second-half shots. That gave Colorado Springs Christian a glimmer of hope and by the 80th minute, they had turned that glimmer into a blinding light.

  • Young robot warriors: South Jeffco teen leads class in building a battle-ready robot

    Chris Valdovino teaches a class on how to create a killer robot.

    A robot designed to kill other robots, that is.

    Valdovino, 16, lives in South Jeffco and grew up in the area. He and other students at the Jefferson County Open School in Lakewood have created a 120-pound robot that will be in a competition April 20-26 in Mare Island, Calif.

    "We're not scared," Valdovino said — though he's never built a combat robot and got the idea by watching old episodes of "BattleBots," a now-defunct television show featuring robot-on-robot violence.

  • Echoes of past, hope for the future

    Journalists are captivated by anniversaries, and that’s one of our biggest failings. The tendency, after an arbitrary number of years, is to find morals and endings, to tie up the loose strings of a tragedy and pronounce the community ready to move on.