Today's News

  • Roundup: Chatfield scores first girls lacrosse state playoff win

    LAKEWOOD -- Katie Larson scored four goals and Shelby Piper added a hat trick as the Chatfield Lady Chargers scored a 14-6 first-round victory over Grandview on May 11 in the girls lacrosse state playoffs at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The win was the first playoff win in school history for 14th-seeded Chatfield (12-4), which advanced to face third-seeded Kent Denver (11-4) on May 14 in the second round. The Lady Sun Devils won 24-9.

  • Jeffco to pay detained immigrant $40,000 settlement

    Jefferson County is preparing a $40,000 settlement with an immigrant detained for 49 days in the county jail in 2009.
    Luis Quezada, who was living in Lakewood when he was arrested on suspicion of failing to appear in court on an alleged traffic violation, is being representing in the federal lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado.
    In addition to the claim against Sheriff Ted Mink, Quezada also reached a $50,000 settlement on May 3 with the other defendant in the case, the federal government.

  • Help in the fight against MS

    It’s often said, “ ‘Tis a pleasure to live in Colorado.” And it is. We have some of the best quality of life of anywhere in the world. But one odd blemish that researchers have yet to fully understand is why we have a higher incidence of multiple sclerosis than most anywhere else.

  • Lady Eagles save best for last

    LAKEWOOD — Haley Milhollan was scared. Kayla Latham was freaking out. But you would’ve never known it.

    With their Dakota Ridge girls soccer team playing a stalemate through regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods with 14th-seeded Cherry Creek in the second round of the 5A state tournament, victory was hinging on penalty kicks.

  • Chargers’ No. 2 doubles take third at state

    DENVER — In an unexpected, but very welcome turn of events, the Chatfield’s No. 2 girls tennis doubles team took third place in the 5A state finals at the Gates Tennis Center on May 14.

    “I knew we could place,” senior Sarah Dubetz said after teaming with sophomore Maddie Managhani to score a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win over Grand Junction’s Stephanie Skinner and Nicky Arja in the third-place match, “but there were a lot of people who didn’t think that we would get this far.”

  • Columbine strikes out Mustangs

    ARVADA — Mike Thill’s right arm felt like, in his words, a noodle. But it was well worth it. After all Columbine wasn’t supposed to win, but it did.

  • Chatfield just misses out on title

    ARVADA — Chatfield looked to be one event away from a league championship. Then came the breaststroke.

    Lakewood High School took four of the top five spots in the event to surge into the lead and held on to best the Chargers, denying them of their first league title in school history at the Jefferson County League boys swimming championships at Meyers Pool on May 14.

    Lakewood scored 446 points, beating out Chatfield by nine points. Ralston Valley came in third. Columbine finished with 109 points.

  • Proposed zoning changes would allow short-term rentals

    The Jefferson County commissioners are mulling revisions to zoning ordinances that could allow short-term vacation rentals of single-family homes.

    County zoning staff presented a draft of changes at a May 10 meeting with the commissioners, who initially rejected the revisions, citing overly complex requirements the resolution would place on applicants.

  • County scraps program to control West Nile virus

    Jefferson County has ended its West Nile virus prevention program, citing budget cuts that will not allow the health department to control mosquito populations.

    Jeffco previously hired contractors to evaluate and treat potential mosquito breeding grounds across the county. Beginning this year, property owners will no longer benefit from the service, though the health department will provide guidance regarding mosquito control.

    Mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus, breed in standing water and can hatch up to 250 eggs within seven to 10 days.

  • Value of average Jeffco home down 1 percent

    The average Jeffco home lost 1 percent of its value during the two-year period that ended June 30, 2010, according to an analysis of 149,000 homes by the county assessor.

    Notices of valuation went out to homeowners May 1.

    Median values are down nearly everywhere across the county as follows: South Jeffco, minus 1.2 percent; Lakewood, minus 1.2 percent; and Golden, minus 1.4 percent.

    The exception to declining value and lower tax bills will be homeowners who made significant improvements or additions. They are likely to see increases in actual value.