Today's News

  • Going out in style

    LAKEWOOD — When Evan Appel accepts his diploma from Dakota Ridge High School on May 22, he’ll do so at Jefferson County Stadium.

    It’s a fitting end to Appel’s high school days as Jeffco Stadium has been a home away from home to the senior.

    Appel made his final racing memory at the stadium a good one, overtaking Cherry Creek’s Walter Schafer early in the final lap of the Class 5A 1,600-meter final on May 16 to pick up his sixth state title (four track, two cross-country).

  • Chargers claim 5A soccer title

    COMMERCE CITY — When Chatfield coach Brock Blume heard the numbers, he just grinned, laughed and shook his head.

    "The M.O. for sure at one point was do the minimum. This minimum was definitely very impressive," he siad.

    When senior midfielder Stephanie Rowe heard them, she calmly stated the obvious.

    "It’s crazy," Rowe said. "There are no words even for that. It’s just amazing."

  • The world (and the universe) according to ‘Star Trek’

    I didn’t watch much television as a kid, but I was a big fan of “Sesame Street.” When “Street” came on at 4 o’clock, I’d hold my breath waiting for Ernie and Bert. Then, at about age 5, I turned on the TV, and who should grace the screen but William Shatner, in all his over-the-top glory, starring as Captain Kirk? From that moment on, “Sesame Street” was a thing of the past.

  • Legislative session previewed election

    In one way or another, virtually every one of the 120 days in the 2009 session of the Colorado General Assembly was some kind of preview of the 2010 elections.

  • Commissioners outsource audit functions handled by ousted internal auditor

    A little more than two months after abolishing the county's internal auditing department, the county commissioners voted to outsource several critical auditing functions once performed by the internal auditor.

  • Diving for gold

    John Fox could have done a cannonball, belly flop or just walked out on the diving board and sang a song May 16 and still would have won the Class 5A state diving championship. He was that good.

    Fox, however, stuck his last dive like he’s trained to do all season, and put an emphatic stamp on his last state meet and first state title.

    “It was great,” said Fox, a senior at Chatfield and Kentucky signee. “I was really serious all meet. It was a huge weight off my shoulders from all four years.”

  • Dakota Ridge custodian suspected of 'sexting' with student

    A custodian at Dakota Ridge High School suspected of exchanging sexually explicit material with a student via text messages has been suspended. The custodian could face charges from the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

    Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, confirmed May 5 that the custodian is being investigated under the criminal statute related to sexual exploitation of a child. If convicted, the employee could face four to 12 years in prison, or heavily supervised probation that would require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

  • Teen charged with arson in blaze at area townhomes

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on charges of arson and reckless endangerment after a fire at a townhome complex at 9298 W. Ontario Drive in South Jeffco, about a block east of Mr. Biggs entertainment center.

    The fire started about 8 p.m. May 6 in a complex near Coal Mine Avenue and Kipling Parkway. The boy is suspected of starting an evergreen bush on fire with a lighter, and the fire spread to the townhomes.

     Four families were displaced, two units were heavily damaged by fire, and one was condemned because of water damage. No one was seriously injured.

  • Schools, law enforcement struggle to deal with ‘sexting’

    Law enforcement agencies across the country, and in Jeffco, are struggling with the recent “sexting” craze among teenagers.

    Jeffco District Attorney Scott Storey said his office has made more than 500 presentations at schools on dangers of the Internet and cell phones. That work has mainly been done by Mike Harris, who heads up Storey's child sex offender Internet investigations unit.

  • Gillmore preserves Chargers’ title hopes

    ENGLEWOOD — Anna Lowe saved her first goal of the season for something special.

    How about a 40-yard free kick, hit on a rope, which sails over the opposing goalkeeper and turns out to be the only goal in the Class 5A state semifinal game?

    “That’s my first of the season,” Lowe said May 16 with a bag of ice on her knee at Englewood Stadium. “For it to come there is amazing.”