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Today's News

  • Dittemore challenging Kerr — again — in HD 28

    Tom Dittemore has been the Democratic candidate in state House District 28 in every election since 2002, and he’s making his fourth bid for the seat this November. Standing in his way is Republican incumbent Jim Kerr, who is seeking a third term.

    The two men say they like each other, but Dittemore says Kerr needs to step up a bit more.

  • Rebels pass first test

    Megan Koop and her Columbine teammates weren’t going to let a rare nonleague crowd go home disappointed Sept. 10. Even if it meant playing after knocking yourself loopy.

    Koop banged her head hard enough on the floor against Cheyenne Mountain that the details got a little clouded. But the senior came back, just like the Rebels, as they overcame Class 4A powerhouse Cheyenne Mountain 25-17, 16-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12 in thrilling fashion.

  • Nail-biter

    Chatfield didn’t accomplish everything it set out to do Sept. 12 against top-ranked Bear Creek.

    But, what the No. 10 Chargers did in the 26-20 Class 5A Big 8 League loss was more than enough to serve notice around the state that Chatfield football is now a program to be taken seriously.

  • Foothills weighs fee increases

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is tackling the sensitive topic of raising fees for youth sports associations, swimming pools, golf and exercise classes in the aftermath of the failure of the mill-levy elections in May and November.

    “Fee increases will probably play a large part in the 2009 budget process,” said executive director Ron Hopp, speaking at the regular meeting of the Foothills board on Sept. 9 at The Peak Wellness Center. The first draft of the 2009 budget is to be presented at a public meeting Oct. 14.

  • Motivated Cougars blitz Rebels in nonleague tilt

    EVERGREEN — While soccer will always be a game between two teams, Evergreen’s 4-1 cross-classification victory over Columbine on Sept. 12 does have a third side.

    Blame it all on the Alameda Pirates.

    See, the Pirates pulled off a surprising 1-0 victory over Evergreen on Sept. 10 and that got the Cougars’ attention and anger. Columbine coach Brian Todd noticed the score and couldn’t help but start thinking the game was there for the taking.

  • As the season wanes, Summerset hosts one last dog day

    The competitors were keyed up. It didn't matter that the grass was wet, the weather was a bit cool, or the turf was chewed up from Summerset's car show the day before.

    No, the competitors were stoked — those with four legs as well as those with two — at Summerset's fifth annual Fun Day for Dogs on Sept. 14 at Clement Park.

  • Palin power: Thousands turn out to see VP nominee at Jeffco Fairgrounds

    Doors opened at 7 a.m. Sept. 15 for Sarah Palin’s appearance at the Westernaires Equestrian Center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, but that wasn't early enough for some.

    Thousands turned out to see the Alaska governor, who has electrified the campaign of Sen. John McCain since he named her as his running mate.

  • Palin an overnight success, years in the making

    Immediately following the Democratic National Convention, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Barack Obama leading John McCain by a comfortable 50-43 margin. USA Today/Gallup’s prior poll, released before the convention, showed Obama leading 48-45. The net difference of four points was the “bounce” provided by the convention.

  • Falcon Bluffs teacher keeps his students laughing — and achieving

    It's hard to say who enjoys Steve Martin's classes more — the students or their teacher.

    SpongeBob SquarePants, a popular children's character, is everywhere in Martin's classroom at Falcon Bluffs Middle School, setting the tone for a fun learning environment where Martin and his students enjoy a healthy back and forth that's usually the mark of longtime friends.

    "It's fun," said Justin Shapiro, an eighth-grader in Martin's seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra class. "He's different (than other teachers). He actually makes it fun."

  • Atadero's crusade continues with Recreational Safety Awareness Week

    As more than 650 students filed into the bleachers at Falcon Bluffs Middle School on Sept. 8, teachers and administrators reminded them to keep quiet.

    But when one of their physical education teachers started telling the story of how his son Jaryd went missing nearly eight years ago, the room went silent.

    "My son was almost 4 years old," Allyn Atadero said, taking a moment to compose himself in front of his students and colleagues. His co-workers and some students wiped away tears as Atadero continued the story.