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Today's News

  • Man claiming to have gun robs Walgreens

    A man claiming to have a gun robbed the Walgreens on West Coal Mine Avenue of painkillers on Dec. 30.

  • Columbine, Chatfield skate to tie

    One player can make all the difference in the world. The Columbine Rebels hockey team found that out Jan. 10 as they took on Chatfield at Edge Ice Arena.

    Columbine’s senior goalie Jordan Garkow was a brick wall, stopping 46 shots, single-handedly leading the way to a 2-2 tie. But all those saves almost were not enough, as the Rebels had to rally late in the third period to battle back from a two-goal deficit.

  • Chargers lap Rebels in dual

    Trash talking in basketball? All the time.

    Taunting in football? See: Philip Rivers.

    Smack talk in baseball? A time-honored tradition.

    But what about a little verbal sparring in swimming? Better yet – girls swimming?

    That was what Columbine jokester Kaitlynn Jackson tried before the 50-yard freestyle race Jan. 9. Jackson walked by Chatfield ace Shelley Perkins and told her she was going down.

    “I like to mess with Shelley. I like racing against her,” Jackson said. “She’s fun to race off of.”

  • Obama team seeks ideas for health care reform in Jeffco

    Everyone has complaints about the U.S. health care system, according to Jeffco Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    "But we have about 4 million different ideas on how to resolve it," he added, shortly after sitting through a community forum on health care reform Dec. 30. The forum was commissioned by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and hosted by the West Chamber.

  • Just what the doctor ordered

    Mark Foster didn't realize how good he had it.

    "Growing up here, maybe I didn't appreciate how great a place this is," Foster said, sitting in the living room of his Ken-Caryl Ranch home.

    Foster has lived all over the world since graduating from Chatfield High School in 1992, but he returned home two months ago to start a family medical practice in South Jeffco. Foster and Dr. Lisa Walker, who had been practicing in Aurora, will open the practice Jan. 7. It is affiliated with Littleton Adventist Hospital.

  • Rebels roll Rams for key Jeffco League win

    The planets aligned, the stars shined brightly, all the crying babies were comforted and peace and love and good happiness stuff reigned for 16 minutes on Jan. 9.

    During that span, the Columbine Rebels saw perfection. And it was them.

  • Chatfield proves mettle against East

    DENVER — In the group picture of the elite teams in Class 5A hoops, the Chatfield Chargers found out they are the faces just on the edge of the frame.

    Facing defending champion Denver East, the 10th-ranked Chargers ultimately did what most expected – played hard but lost 94-80. But that is just part of the bigger picture.

  • Dakota Ridge still searching for points

    Janelle Baal’s game has blossomed this year.

    The Dakota Ridge point guard has gone from distributor to scorer, averaging 11.1 points per game. The senior plays aggressive defense and still hands out nearly three assists a game.

    While Baal’s scoring may be up, the wins are not. As the lone holdover from an experienced 2007 Dakota Ridge team that reached the Class 5A state quarterfinals, Baal hasn’t experienced losing on a consistent basis until this year.

    Admittedly, it’s hard to take.

  • Committed to aging well

    Conventional wisdom holds that in an economic downturn, those with something to sell should hunker down and wait out the storm.

    Not Jim "Griff" Griffin.

    Griffin, owner of Avanti Gars & Grapes Winery in South Jeffco, is planning to counter a slower economy by producing more of his trademark Avanti wine and offering it in more places.

    "You have to have faith in yourself," Griffin said, sitting in his store on West Bowles Avenue. "If you don't, you end up losing ground."

  • Kopp stars in GOP video response to State of the State

    State Republican legislators responded to Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter's State of the State speech last week in a video that appears on YouTube.

    The video response featured state Sen. Mike Kopp, R-South Jeffco, and state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Colorado Springs. It's the first time the Republicans have ever responded on a video that was subsequently distributed, and it marks the party's efforts to get more in tune with current technology.