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Today's News

  • Upset bid comes up short

    LAKEWOOD — The Rodney Dangerfield of the Class 4A state football playoffs finally got its respect.

    Unfortunately for Dakota Ridge, a win didn’t accompany it.

    The No. 14 Eagles gave the No. 2 Farmers of Wheat Ridge all they could handle Nov. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium, but ultimately fell short 21-16 in a hard-fought game.

  • County employee reportedly fears retaliation in Zinna case

    A county employee fears retaliation from Jefferson County Commissioner Jim Congrove for her testimony in a civil lawsuit against him, Congrove's attorney said Nov. 25.

  • Somber Saturday

    It was a heartbreaking day Nov. 22 for supporters of Dakota Ridge and Columbine high schools.

  • Eagles soar into semis

    LAKEWOOD — Everything almost went according to plan for Dakota Ridge in its playoff game against Longmont.

    And that was almost very, very bad.

    “We kind of went with the plan that if they were going to beat us, they were going to have to beat us throwing,” Eagles football coach Ron Woitalewicz said. “I just didn’t think they were going to get 7,000 yards, or whatever it was, throwing.”

    Actually, it was 329 yards and five touchdowns passes from Trojans’ run-first quarterback Jake Johnson.

  • Former Jeffco sheriff Cook found dead in his home

    Former Jeffco Sheriff Russ Cook was found dead in his home Nov. 21.

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was asked to do a welfare check on Cook, who apparently had not been seen in several days, said Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office. A deputy found Cook dead on the floor.

    There were no apparent signs of foul play, and the Jefferson County coroner's office is investigating, Shires said.

  • Saturation patrol

    On Sept. 17, 2005, Jamey Ober died in a single-car accident.

    Ober, a 37-year-old Pro Stock driver, lived in Littleton and lost his life on northbound C-470 just north of the Morrison Road exit.

    A little more than three years later, a motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at almost exactly the same spot where Ober lost his life.

  • School board must consider when, how to return to voters

    It’s been an interesting few years as it relates to general consensus about when to put school mill levy overrides and bond issues on ballots. Historically, lower voter turnout benefited these questions because teachers and parents were the more motivated voters. When those motivated supporters made up the largest possible percentage of the vote, the measures stood the best chances of winning.

  • Rebels get revenge, bounce Panthers

    ARVADA — The recipe for success has always been simple for Columbine.

    Run the ball with power.

    Play lights-out defense.

    The Rebels did both Nov. 14 in their rematch with Pomona in the Class 5A quarterfinals, grinding out a 23-8 victory in the process. The No. 5 Rebels (11-1) advance to the semifinals and will face No. 9 Cherry Creek (10-2) Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Stutler Bowl.

    The quarterfinal rematch between the two Jefferson County rivals was, at least for Columbine, a stark contrast to the initial encounter.

  • Melton makes Eagles run

    LAKEWOOD — Picture this: A workhorse running back.

    The kid has got to be fast, right? Durable. Tough. Have a real nose for the end zone. Get you those tough yards between the tackles. When times are rough – and they always are at some point in the playoffs – you have to be able to hitch your offense to him and ride his legs to victory.

    That describes Eagles running back Andrew Melton perfectly, even if the senior doesn’t always look the part.

  • Defense rises to the occasion

    ARVADA — Nathan Wiggins wasn’t really sure what happened with 8 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

    The Pomona Panthers were trying to pick on him at the North Area Athletic Complex as they trailed the Columbine Rebels 23-8. The home team was going for a home run and Wiggins was their prey.

    Or not.