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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lesson Plans: Stony Creek students raise funds for climbing wall

    After running a mile as part of a fund-raiser on April 22 at Stony Creek Elementary School, third-grader K.J. Shearer had one question for gym teacher Doug Scott.

    “Can we fall down now?” she asked, laughing, before sprawling on the grass.

    K.J., along with hundreds of other students at the school, ran the mile to raise funds for a new rock-climbing wall for their gym. Each student solicited donations in exchange for completing the run.

  • Chargers lock up top seed with win over Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Everything was at stake for the Chatfield Chargers on April 30. At the same time, nothing was.

    With the Class 5A Jefferson County League girls soccer title already in their back pocket, a loss to rival Columbine would have done nothing to change their position as the top-seeded team out of Jeffco for the playoffs.

    But the fact that it was Columbine and that the top seed overall in 5A looks much better, the Chargers were all business at Lakewood Memorial Field.

    And Sarah Schmeda was the boss.

  • Bobcat battles way back to health, is released

    Seven months after being hit by a vehicle on C-470, a bobcat has battled her way back to health and been released back into the wild.

    The bobcat was one of two crossing C-470 just north of the Morrison exit the morning of Sept. 23, 2008. Both were struck by at least one car, killing one and severely injuring the other.

    The surviving bobcat was taken to Deer Creek Animal Hospital, where she went into immediate surgery to repair two broken femurs. One of the bones required a screw and a pin, and the other required several wires and a pin.

  • Chargers double up Falcons

    LAKEWOOD — Trace Wollner was a little concerned about the infection in his knee after he got rubbed out on the turf at Trailblazer Stadium.

    Of course, if having that ailment produced the kind of offense Wollner showed off May 1, the rest of the Chatfield Chargers might be thrilled to get sick.

    Wollner scored seven goals and dished one assist, as the ninth-seeded Chargers hammered out a 10-5 victory over No. 24 Highlands Ranch in the first round of the boys lacrosse state playoffs.

  • Jeffco Commissioner Hartman to seek second term

    Jefferson County Commissioner Kathy Hartman won an important endorsement recently.

    "My husband has voted," Hartman wrote recently in a newsletter sent to supporters. "Despite facing four more years of dinners alone, weekends involved with community meetings, and generally not seeing much of me, my husband is actively supporting me in running for a second term as your county commissioner."