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Today's News

  • Rebels outlast Eagles

    Columbine boys basketball coach Jeff Wennberg wasn’t happy with his teams’ performance on Jan. 16 at Dakota Ridge High School.

    A surprising fact considering it was on a night when the Rebels got only their second win of the year and first road win of the season as they defeated Dakota Ridge 48-46.

    “I’m happy with the result, but I’m not really happy with the way my guys played. I thought we took a big step back…and I think a lot of that, probably all of that had to do with Dakota Ridge,” Wennberg said.

  • Eagles upset Rebels

    The Dakota Ridge girls might be onto something.

    Three days after defeating Green Mountain, the Eagles picked off their second straight Class 5A Jefferson County League opponent, toppling rival Columbine 48-43 on the Rebels’ home floor Jan. 16.

    “I think this can be a turning point for us,” said Brooke Orcutt, who scored 11 points. “We fought through (early season struggles) and now it’s our time to succeed.”

  • Rams hunt down Rebels, win by 24

    LAKEWOOD – The Green Mountain boys basketball team knew how to use the hunt in its game against Columbine on Jan. 9.

    Brian Hunt that is.

    Hunt scored 21 points to help the Rams to a 64-40 defeat of the Rebels in a Class 5A Jefferson County League game.

    “Stopping his 3-point shots was pretty tough because we kept running press and he kept getting open,” said Columbine’s Neil Myer, who had seven points. “When he gets open, he doesn’t miss.”

  • Not your typical wrestling tournament

    Chaos is in the eye of the beholder.

    That was certainly the case at the Chatfield Invitational wrestling tournament on Jan. 10.

     What was intended to be a standard tournament became a dual tournament with the ambitions of being concluded before 3 p.m.

    It actually worked. But it was a flurry of matches, forfeits, yelling, pins and strange sights, such as junior varsity wrestlers filling in empty weights for other schools.

  • Retirement match for deputies restored to 10%

    The Jeffco commissioners have approved funding to restore the county's retirement match for sheriff's deputies to 10 percent, but the rest of the county's employees will have to make do with a smaller match.

    Citing an exodus of trained deputies leaving the sheriff's office since the county's retirement match was cut, the commissioners have appropriated $350,000 to restore the 10 percent retirement match, but only for deputies.

  • Man claiming to have gun robs Walgreens

    A man claiming to have a gun robbed the Walgreens on West Coal Mine Avenue of painkillers on Dec. 30.

  • Columbine, Chatfield skate to tie

    One player can make all the difference in the world. The Columbine Rebels hockey team found that out Jan. 10 as they took on Chatfield at Edge Ice Arena.

    Columbine’s senior goalie Jordan Garkow was a brick wall, stopping 46 shots, single-handedly leading the way to a 2-2 tie. But all those saves almost were not enough, as the Rebels had to rally late in the third period to battle back from a two-goal deficit.

  • Chargers lap Rebels in dual

    Trash talking in basketball? All the time.

    Taunting in football? See: Philip Rivers.

    Smack talk in baseball? A time-honored tradition.

    But what about a little verbal sparring in swimming? Better yet – girls swimming?

    That was what Columbine jokester Kaitlynn Jackson tried before the 50-yard freestyle race Jan. 9. Jackson walked by Chatfield ace Shelley Perkins and told her she was going down.

    “I like to mess with Shelley. I like racing against her,” Jackson said. “She’s fun to race off of.”

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Just what the doctor ordered

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.