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Today's News

  • Gifts that keep giving

    Hattie O’Brien and her husband, Brendan, wanted their kids' birthday parties to be a bit different.

    "We wanted our kids to learn to serve others," Hattie said at her home Nov. 6. So for the last few birthdays, the couple have asked their children to pick a theme, and then the parents found a way to make giving a central part of the theme.

    Last year, when Hattie's twin daughters, Evie and Lena, turned 11, they baked muffins and cookies and made cards to take to a local nursing home.

    Now it’s their son James’ turn.

  • School district to feel squeeze after rejection of 3A/3B

    Fewer teachers, less new technology and a virtual freeze on new construction and remodeling are in store for Jeffco schools in the wake of the failure of ballot issues 3A and 3B on Nov. 4.

    The companion bond and mill-levy issues were defeated by narrow 3 percent margins, indicating how deeply the county was divided. It was a stark reversal compared to 2004, in which similar school measures passed with 60 percent of the vote.

  • Stony Creek Elementary honors veterans

    The distinct sound of a bugle pierced the crisp, sunny morning Nov. 11, when Stony Creek Elementary hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration.

    John De Le Garza, the school's principal, an Army veteran and a member of the American GI Forum, invited a few members from his group. The men, dressed in black uniforms with black berets, performed a flag-raising ceremony while one played the bugle. The students and families looked on, and a group of Boy Scouts led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • New school calendar merits good grade

    After expressions of unhappiness from all corners of Jefferson County about school starting Aug. 12 this year, the school district has come up with a calendar for next year that extends summer for two more weeks and meets almost all of the desires expressed by students, parents and teachers.

  • Rebels roll into quarters

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine and Arvada West each learned an important lesson Nov. 8.

    The Rebels learned that they must always take responsibility for their actions – both on and off the field – following the suspension of eight players who were cited for underage possession of alcohol while attending a party last weekend.

    Arvada West learned that Columbine is still Columbine, regardless of who is – and isn’t – in uniform.

  • McCasky re-elected; Griffin tops Windels

    There will be only one new Jefferson County commissioner, and she won't have to move far in January.

    Faye Griffin, Jeffco's Republican treasurer, won a close race in District 1 against term-limited state Sen. Sue Windels, an Arvada Democrat.

    Griffin beat Windels by almost 4 percent, or about 10,100 votes, according to Jeffco elections data.

  • Rebels bounced early from state tourney

    DENVER — The turning point came early for the Columbine Rebels, and they quickly found themselves on a long and lonely road.

    Faced with a pivotal Class 5A state volleyball tournament game bright and early the morning of Nov. 7, the Rebels rallied to force a fifth game against Highlands Ranch. The Rebels (22-7) got down 4-0, then 7-2, then 10-3 before losing the decisive game 15-9.

    “They wanted it more than we did,” Rebels coach Kathy Miks said.

  • Panthers pounce on Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — The 2008 football season for Chatfield had been littered with close games.

    It ended with a blowout.

    Unable to contain Pomona’s Donovan Bowens, who rushed for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the No. 20 Chargers wound up on the short side of a 28-3 score Nov. 8 in a Class 5A state playoff second round game at Jefferson County Stadium.

    Pomona, the No. 4 seed in the 32-team field, advances to the quarterfinals where they will take on No. 5 Columbine. The Chargers end the season with a 6-5 record.

  • Eagles pick up first playoff win since '04

    Playing in Pueblo hadn’t been pretty for Dakota Ridge in recent years.

    In 2005 and 2007, the Eagles’ football season came to a close in the city to the south.

    This year, that all changed.

    Dakota Ridge, the No. 14 seed in the 16-team Class 4A state football tournament, toppled previously unbeaten and third-seeded Pueblo South 37-22 to advance to the quarterfinals.

  • Norris epitomizes Rebels' success

    LAKEWOOD — Zane Norris.

    Perhaps no one else on the current Columbine roster reflects why the Rebels have been the state’s elite football program over the past decade better than he.

    After all, how many other teams can throw a linebacker into its starting backfield and have him rush for over 100 yards and score three touchdowns?

    For Columbine, the shuffling of players has always been an Andy Lowry tradition, but this year it’s become a necessity.