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Today's News

  • Parishioners at Abiding Hope Lutheran assemble 1,000 boxes of food for struggling families

    Back in 1987, South Jeffco resident Jim Cronin decided that he and his family should help those less fortunate on Thanksgiving.

    Cronin gathered some friends from church, bought some food, and used his front lawn to assemble boxes. Cronin and his group were able to put together boxes to help 12 families celebrate Thanksgiving that year.

  • Jeffco taxpayers will continue funding Congrove's defense after he leaves office

    Jefferson County taxpayers will still be on the hook for Commissioner Jim Congrove's legal fees after he leaves office in January, even though the legal battle he's fighting does not officially involve the county.

  • Bruins boot Rebels from playoffs

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Fans on both sides of the stands knew that if the Class 5A state football semifinal between Cherry Creek and Columbine came down to a field goal, the Bruins would have no problems racking up three points between the uprights.

    Unfortunately for Columbine, that’s exactly what the Nov. 22 game came down to.

    RC Willenbrock scored the game-winner with just two seconds remaining on the clock to give Cherry Creek the 27-25 victory at the Stutler Bowl. The Bruins will play Mullen in the state championship Nov. 29 at Invesco Field.

  • 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.