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    Four early runs more than enough for Dakota Ridge

    Dakota Ridge scored four early runs and made it hold up in a 4-2 victory over visiting Arvada West on April 28.
    The win was the Eagles’ fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.
    Dakota Ridge (13-3 overall, 5-1 5A Jeffco League) maintained a half-game lead over rivals Columbine and Chatfield entering its April 30th game at Lakewood. Results from that game weren’t available at press time.

  • Chargers slip past Wildcats

    The Chatfield Chargers scored a 6-3 victory over the Arvada West Wildcats at home on April 26. The win was an even sweeter victory for Chatfield because just two days before Arvada West defeated Chargers’ rival Columbine 6-5.
    “In this league if you don’t respect every team you’re gonna get beat,” Chatfield Senior head coach Mike Yansak said. “So we had respect for (Arvada West) coming in. But when they knocked off the only undefeated team in league it gave us a little more respect.”

  • Rebels conquer Foothills Conference

    LAKEWOOD — Winning a boys lacrosse conference championship is uncharted territory for Columbine. It had never happened before. And though the Rebels knew what was on the line when they played Evergreen on April 25 at Trailblazer Stadium, they also knew it wouldn’t come easy.
    And it didn’t. But Columbine stayed the course and a third-period flurry would be all it would need to make history.

  • Jeffco champ Columbine runs the table

    LAKEWOOD — There’s a comfort level when it comes to the Columbine Lady Rebels’ girls soccer team. That’s quite possibly because most of the team played with each other a season ago.
    But for nine seniors — Katelyn Phillips, Allison Durden, Celina Roy, Ashley Morris, Jill Wigle, Amanda Giddens, Abbey Roelfson, Paige Myer and Ember Albertson — something clicked this offseason that wasn’t there in 2011.

  • Teaching students the wrong lesson

  • A tax hike by any other name …

    I always make it a practice to ask my Metro State journalism students to explain what a mill levy is, because few things are more central to covering governments than understanding how taxing entities get money from the public.
    Usually, the students look at me as if I’m speaking in an obscure Klingon dialect: A mill? A levy? What are those, and what do they have to do with government funding? These are typically intelligent, well-informed students, and they have not the slightest idea what I’m going on about.

  • Taste of the West draws 500 to South Jeffco

    The West Chamber of Commerce brought the Taste of the West fund-raiser to South Jeffco for the first time on Thursday, April 26.


    Staged at the Terrace Events Center in Ken Caryl, the event brought together two dozen food vendors from around the county to share unusual items from Broccoli Gruyere Soup to Pink Lady Martinis.

    More than 500 people attended the event, chamber staff reported Friday.

  • Incumbent Maulik cites board experience, says more work remains

    After four years of wrestling with the budget, refining strategy and searching for savings, Terri Maulik thinks that plenty remains to be accomplished in the next four years at the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

    "I feel like the first four were about learning and emptying out the closets and the clutter," said Maulik, who is running for a second term as a member of the Foothills board from Ward 5.

  • Challenger Kissler touts experience in government finance, administration

    In the May 8 election for a seat on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board, challenger Clarence Kissler believes his experience in government finance and administration makes him the clear choice.

    A former member of the Jeffco Public Library board for nine years, Kissler has emerged from Ward 5 (the West Chatfield Avenue area) to challenge incumbent board member Terri Maulik, who is running for a second four-year term.

  • Ballots due May 8 in Foothills election

    While three positions were up for election this year on the Foothills Park & Recreation District board, the only contested seat is in Ward 5, where incumbent Terri Maulik is facing off against challenger Clarence Kissler.

    The May 8 election involves mail ballots, which were sent to active, registered voters in Ward 5 the week of April 16. Elections for Wards 1 and 2 have been canceled.