Today's News

  • For these fathers, a day at a time

    Miniature candy-bar wrappers crinkle as a dozen men seated at a circle of tables take bites, stacking the wrappers in small piles and listening intently as others take turns speaking.

    They come from all parts of the metro area. Among them are a construction worker, a musician, an unemployed welder and a stand-up comedian.

    Their backgrounds vary, but stories of divorce, financial struggles and incarceration are common.

  • Teaching the game

    Spencer Roelke hasn’t been playing baseball all that long — this is his first year — but he enjoys it.

    “You get to run around, which I love running. I like catching the ball and I like throwing the ball,” the 8-year-old Mt. Carmel Elementary School student said. 

  • Ex-Eagle Dunivant has carved out niche in MLS

    COMMERCE CITY — Todd Dunivant isn’t the most recognizable player on his own team. That would be David Beckham. He’s not even the most recognizable American. That would be Landon Donovan. But he just might be the most reliable.

  • Raiders rally to surpise Chatfield

    AURORA—The Chatfield baseball team surrendered to Rangeview after giving up four runs in the seventh inning June 19 at Rangeview High School, losing 7-6.

    After leading the game the whole time and being ahead 6-3 after the top of the seventh, Chatfield relief pitching walked four batters and surrendered four hits to the Raiders in the bottom of the inning.

    “We just didn’t get it done,” assistant coach Brad Thayer said. “They took advantage of a couple of miscues on defense.”

  • Valerio, Eagles sweep Falcons

    Dakota Ridge pitcher AJ Valerio faced a pitcher’s worst nightmare June 17 against Highlands Ranch. Before he could take the mound to begin the second inning, he had to sit through a 45-minute rain delay.

    When he returned, he didn’t miss a beat, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning before settling for a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the Eagles’ 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader. Dakota Ridge won the second game 14-4.

  • An honest portrayal

    In his beaver-felt hat with silk lining, John Voehl is a page of history come to life as he lives and breathes the stories of Abraham Lincoln.

    Voehl, a Littleton resident who looks more than just a little like the 16th president, said portraying Lincoln is a passion.

    “It was scary for me,” Voehl said, “how much I look like Lincoln, and when I walk by a mirror, I jump like I’ve seen a ghost.”

  • Community superintendent Anderson leaves Jeffco schools

    Jeffco Public Schools community superintendent Holly Anderson resigned last month, and the district has hired a successor for the high-level job.

    Dan Cohan, a former high school principal who was serving as the schools’ executive director for the same region, which includes the Columbine, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Evergreen and Conifer areas, is already working in the position, Superintendent Cindy Stevenson said.

  • Sex assault defendant suspected of violating bond agreement

    A Jeffco man currently charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on a child was arrested last week on suspicion of violating the terms of his bond agreement.

    James Craig Bird, 64, faces new charges, including two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of violating his bond conditions.

  • A not-so-secret garden

    A quilt-like assemblage of heirloom vegetables and native flowers has made its way to the once-unlikely location of the Ken-Caryl Valley.

    A community garden, a sight sometimes more common than grass in high-density urban areas, is making the tradition of growing one’s own food a reality for an affluent community unable to do so in their own yards.

    The Ken-Caryl Community Garden, a modest enclosure of 38 small plots built on Jeffco Open Space land neighboring the community center at 1 Club Drive, held its grand opening June 11.

  • Commissioners scrap county audit panel

    Two years after the county’s internal auditing department was eliminated, the county commissioners have now quietly dissolved the audit committee, providing the befuddled members no explanation for the move and no plan for how the county will handle its auditing reviews in the future.