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Today's News

  • Eagles continue to roll

    Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: all men’s underwear is on sale, most flatscreen televisions are discounted 15 percent and baseballs are now available in the outdoor garden center. Thank you.

    Blame Dave Whitaker for that last one. The Dakota Ridge catcher hit a ball so hard April 15 it rocketed over the fence in center field, caught fire as it re-entered the atmosphere and landed next to a stack of fertilizer in the parking lot across the street.

    Or something like that.

  • Columbine's Thomas signs with Hastings

    When Columbine’s Aimee Thomas committed to playing volleyball at Hastings College, coach Ron Alexander said he probably gave his neighbors a good scare.

    After hearing the good news, Alexander went out to his backyard and let out an excited yell.

    Obviously, he was happy with Thomas’s decision.

    “We’re excited to have her,” Alexander said. “Aimee’s a wonderful match for our program.”

  • Chargers brave elements, topple Lobos

    LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield girls lacrosse team put forth a performance April 16 that would’ve made a postman grin.

    Despite bitter cold temperatures and a downpour of rain that intensified deeper into the contest, the Chargers made sure to make all of their deliveries.

    Against a gritty Conifer team that battled for most of the first half, Chatfield blew a close game opening, scoring 11 unanswered goals, leading to an eventual 20-10 victory at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • Kopp bill aims to save businesses $10 million a year

    Colorado businesses will save roughly $10 million a year if the state eliminates a 3 percent worker-compensation surcharge, says South Jeffco’s state senator.

    Republican Sen. Mike Kopp, who is pushing the legislation, says the fee is unnecessary, and his bill to eliminate it cruised through the Senate and is now in the House.

  • Community orchard coming to fruition

    The community orchard that started as a seed of hope in Shirl Smith’s heart is coming to fruition.

    Four planter beds and rows of wooden stakes crisscross a vacant field just southeast of Waterstone Community Church on West Bowles Avenue. More than 130 trees will be planted within the next week or two, transforming the field into a patch of life and hope.

  • Bruins sweep Chargers

    Kelsey Brading and the Chatfield Chargers are promoting hard court harmony through better communication.

    Once in awe of Cherry Creek’s mighty tennis program, the Chargers have gotten to know the Bruins through annual Class 5A nonleague dual meets and just really enjoy playing them.

    Consider it the most polite combat since fencing.

    Brading especially, as she faced defending No. 1 singles champion Caroline Schnell, whom she was once standoffish with until they started playing together as 11-year-old doubles partners.

  • Columbine students planning a day without division

    As the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High shootings approaches, two Columbine students want everyone to know that they’re done.

    “We are done with all the drama,” said Beau Loendorf, a Columbine High senior. “We are done with the hate.”

    And so Loendorf and Columbine sophomore Olivia Leyshock are organizing a “Day Without Hate.” The pair hope the event, scheduled for May 1, will inspire students to forgo their cliques, forget about petty conflicts, and realize there’s no need for division.

  • Unbeaten Rebels continue to roll

    LAKEWOOD — The Columbine girls lacrosse team played April 9 as if they had something very important planned later in the evening.

    Perhaps it was homework, a good television show or maybe the Rebels just wanted to get out of the cold air at Trailblazer Stadium, but they made short work of rival Dakota Ridge.

    “It was awesome. For sure,” Rebels junior Annie Larson said.

    Totally awesome.

  • 6 indicted in ID theft

    Six people accused of operating an ID theft ring and stealing more than $11,000 were indicted by a Jeffco grand jury March 31.

    The ring used stolen checks, credit cards and gift cards to get cash, and electronics, jewelry and other items were also taken, said Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey. The thefts allegedly occurred between September 2008 and December 2008.

    The victims include 17 people, Target, King Soopers, Walmart, Lakewood Christian Church, Bellco Credit Union and several banks where stolen and forged checks were cashed, Storey said.

  • Jeffco schools await stimulus funds

    Jeffco Public Schools officials are still waiting for direction on how federal stimulus money will flow to the district nearly two months after President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion package into law.

    But Jeffco Superintendent Cindy Stevenson says the district will be ready to move on several programs once the money hits the district’s coffers, which may be sooner rather than later.

    Colorado's largest school district has several programs it wants to expand once the estimated $23 million in federal stimulus money shows up.