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Today's News

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Chargers excited about prospects

    Three years ago when Tara Emily took over the Chatfield gymnastics program, things were in dire shape.

  • Asian influence, exotic brews come together in stylish tea cafe

    Fueled by a passion for Asian-style tea, a Columbine area couple have created a striking café that reinvents the ancient leaf into something trendy and exotic but also affordable.

    InTea, at 8174 S. Kipling Parkway in the Jefferson Marketplace, features an exhaustive array of  handpicked, whole-leaf, artisan teas from all over the world. The décor is spa-like and earthy, with feng shui touches everywhere.

  • Rebels looking to remain in power

    “Staying power” is a phrase that few Jefferson County League programs have been able to attach to themselves over the past decade or more.

    GiveColumbine just a little moretime.

    The Rebels are fresh off running the table in Class 5A Jeffco and pounding out a very respectable 24-7 season that saw them pull off big-time victories in the regional and state tournaments – destinations that have haunted Jeffco schools of late.

  • Parent group gives failing grade to earlier school start

    The lack of enthusiasm for school openings in mid-August is beginning to take its toll.

    Jefferson County Schools started on Aug. 12, except Conifer and Evergreen schools, which started Aug. 19.

    But Superintendent Cindy Stevenson told parents Aug. 21 the district is reconsidering its decision to begin classes earlier.

    Speaking at a regular meeting of the school board, Stevenson said: “We are working on doing a later start. Everybody wants a later start. Everyone also wants a mini-break in October, and they want finals to end before Christmas.”

  • Chatfield could find domination through unification

    Lest anyone think the Chatfield Chargers get their Class 5A Jefferson County League titles served to them on a silver platter of high numbers and an embarrassment of riches, coach Paul Moline sees a little blue in the team’s burgundy this season.

    Call it a blue-collar work rate that very well could define this team, which will be keeping with the tradition of skill and depth at the school.

  • Coffman, Eng squaring off in 6th Congressional District

    After Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman won the bruising, four-way Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District, many political pundits pegged him as the next congressman from the GOP stronghold.

    But Arapahoe County Democrat Hank Eng hopes to prove the pundits wrong.

    Eng, an engineer and pilot with experience in the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development,      is quick to remind anyone that the 6th Congressional District "is not a Republican entitlement."

  • Depault gets 42 years in Dylan Newman slaying

    Jeffrey S. Depault will have 42 years to think about his role in the murder of Dylan Newman.

    Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall sentenced Depault, 22, to 42 years after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and one violent crime count in Newman's slaying in February.

    Newman, 20, was shot by Adam Zamora during a purported marijuana deal April 3, 2007, in a South Jeffco home. Depault was accused of arranging the transaction.

  • School board taking applications for Chowdhury vacancy

    The Jeffco school board is taking applications from South Jeffco residents interested in replacing board member Vince Chowdhury, who resigned Aug. 21.

    Chowdhury announced Aug. 19 he was leaving the board after nearly eight years following a July 8 guilty plea to third-degree assault. The plea came after his arrest June 17 on suspicion of slapping and choking his 16-year-old daughter. The board had passed a resolution July 8 urging him to resign.

  • Dakota Ridge opens season with win

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Ahhh, the beauty of Opening Day.

    The sun on your face, the green grass, white chalk around the diamond, the smell of hot dogs coming from the shed behind home plate, the announcer trying to contend with a shoddy microphone and a football scrimmage atop a nearby hill.

    Add to that serenity a Dakota Ridge squad with lots of fresh faces trying to make sure no hiccups, glitches or gaffes got in the way of defeating ThunderRidge.

  • DNC's first day a whirlwind

    Attending day one of the Democratic National Convention in Denver was like going to a party, a game and an industry trade show simultaneously. From a logistical standpoint, the enormous production came off nearly seamlessly.

    The shuttle bus, the security, the sound system, the snack bars, the people-watching, organization, professionalism of the volunteers, general accessibility and the inspiring speeches by famous political figures made the evening go by entertainingly.

    If the rest of the days go off as well, it will be a big win for Denver and Colorado.