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Today's News

  • Q&A with District 2 county commission candidates

    Following are unedited transcripts of question-and-answer sessions with District 2 county commission candidates, courtesy of Plan Jeffco.

    1. What do you intend to achieve if you are elected or re-elected County Commissioner?

    Zulauf: If elected as County Commissioner, my primary goals will be land preservation, water conservation, and ecologically responsible development in Jefferson County.

  • Ken Caryl student hit by car

    A 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student was injured Sept. 4 when she was hit by a car in front of the school.

    Danielle K. Barker, 13, was walking across Ken Caryl Avenue in a designated crosswalk when she was hit by a 1997 black Cadillac Catera driven by Dustin Wert, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Barker was taken by ambulance to Littleton Hospital, then by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Denver.

  • Reporter witnesses a page from U.S. history

    Even now, as the memories of the Democratic National Convention are starting to fade, the crowds and cameras have left, and the speeches turned into expired sound bites — I’ve come to understand that history is served best when it is not regurgitated back as a spectator sport.

  • Motorcycle deaths increasing every year

    As chief of the Colorado State Patrol and a motorcycle rider for the past 14 years, I know there is nothing like the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle in our beautiful state. But with that freedom come responsibility and certainly some danger. Every year for the past nine years, the number of motorcyclists killed on our nation’s highways has increased. And sadly, motorcycle fatalities in Colorado are on the rise — from 45 fatalities in 1995, doubling to 90 deaths in 2007. The majority of last year’s deaths occurred between May and October.

  • Chargers looking to improve finish at state in '08

    The Chatfield boys tennis team finished eighth at the state tournament last year and long-time coach Carey Brading is optimistic that his squad can improve on that result this season.

    Unlike last year, when all but three varsity players were lost to graduation, Brading has a large cast of talented returning players.

  • Eagles, Appel eager to defend

    The pitter patter of runners jogging up and down neighborhood streets is back. Yes, it is cross-country season again, and it should be an interesting year for both boys and girls at Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools, as they seek to improve on last year’s achievements.

    Well, most of them anyway.

    For the Dakota Ridge girls, it is almost impossible to improve on its state championship season of a year ago, setting a record low with 28 points at the Class 5A state meet.

  • Pettigrew finds his sweet spot

    James Pettigrew never had dreams of being a football player.

    The soccer pitch is where Pettigrew literally grew up, and it’s on that plush grass that the Front Range Christian senior figured to carve out his athletic career.

    Then two years ago, a funny thing happened. A friend at school talked him into going out for the football team as a placekicker.

  • Wide open spaces

    Austin Rodriguez was always judged by his feet until the day someone finally noticed his hands.

    Always a running back, Rodriguez’s ability to catch the ball caught a coach’s attention one week before his first freshman game at Dakota Ridge.

    “It was probably the best move I’ve ever made,” Rodriguez said.

    It’s certainly hard to argue against a year after Rodriguez was a Class 4A first team all-state selection at wide receiver by The Denver Post.

  • Stratton, Chargers looking to earn respect

    Sam Stratton can still recall the moment vividly.

    Midway through his freshman year, Stratton was thrust into the starting quarterback position at Chatfield Senior High School. It certainly was a move he wasn’t expecting.

    “I didn’t think I’d be starting until my junior year,” Stratton says now. “Luckily I got in and coach (Bret) McGatlin put me in to get experience.”

  • Chargers' defense could be real deal

    Football coaches typically don’t expect perfection in the season opener.

    They are well aware heading into that first game that mistakes are going to be made. They just hope those mistakes aren’t game-enders.

    After Chatfield’s 24-10 thumping of cross-town rival Dakota Ridge on Aug. 28 at Jefferson County Stadium in a nonleague game, Chargers coach Bret McGatlin was critical of his offense, which turned the ball over three times.