Today's News

  • Commissioners OK rules for distressed properties

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners on Sept. 20 approved a long-awaited ordinance holding vacant-property owners accountable for securing the homes and addressing safety hazards.

    The “distressed real property ordinance” was necessary, the Sheriff’s Office has said, because foreclosed homes have increasingly become flophouses at which young people hold wild parties and bonfires. Further, police have had no one to contact when such homes incur serious damage ranging from ruptured pipes to roofs teetering on collapse.

  • A hero in the classroom

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Most students in D’Evelyn teacher Briant McKellips’ physics classes could recite with little hesitation the educator’s daily mantra, “Good morning. Are you ready for another day in which to excel?”

  • Late-entry school board candidate Powers concerned with closings, need for options

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Lakewood architect Jim Powers opted to run against District 4 school board candidate Lesley Dahlkemper at virtually the last possible minute, filing an affidavit with the state on Aug. 29, the day such documents were due.

    Though Powers wasn’t sure months ago about his desire to run, he said he began paying attention to school issues this year, and that led to some serious concerns.

  • Late-entry school board candidate Branaugh critical of transparency, spending policies

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    Jeffco Board of Education candidate Preston Branaugh slipped into the previously uncontested race in District 3 just hours before filing deadlines, registering with the secretary of state on the last possible day.

    But for Branaugh, a father of two daughters who attend Jeffco schools, the decision to run against candidate Jill Fellman came after months of deliberation, he said.

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Mintz, Lady Chargers win pitchers’ duel

    The words Chatfield starting pitcher Rebecka Mintz spoke were simple ones as to how important Chatfield’s 2-1 upset of Dakota Ridge on Sept. 24 was.
    “It’s so big, especially the past two years losing to Dakota. We came out the whole season wanting this game. It’s huge,” Mintz said.

  • Chargers’ Berry among the favorites at 5A state tourney

    To say that Nick Berry has had a really good season would be, well, an understatement.
    The Chatfield senior opened the boys golf season with a 66 at Aurora Hills. He won two of six league matches. He was named league and regional medalist. And, now, he’s got to be considered at least one of a handful of favorites to win the 5A state title next week at Brookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction.
    “I basically accomplished my two primary goals of winning league and regional. It’s everything I can hope for,” Berry said.

  • Flat start, missing starters hurt Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — Bear Creek scored two goals 90 seconds apart early in the first half, and overmatched Columbine fell to the Bears, 5-0, at Lakewood Memorial Field on Sept. 22.
    With two starters sitting out courtesy of red cards given out in the previous contest against Arvada West, the Rebels were no match for the Bears.
    “We came out super flat, missing two of our starters to the ejections in the previous game.” Columbine coach Brian Todd said. “We came out flat and it cost us two goals early, and it was hard to recover.”

  • Rams, miscues deny Eagles first victory

    LAKEWOOD — The homecoming game for Dakota Ridge’s football team proved to be a bitter pill for the Eagles to swallow.
    On Sept. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium, the Eagles struggled with turnovers and missed opportunities in a 14-10 loss to Green Mountain in the 4A Mountain Plains Conference opener.

  • Sports briefs

    Carney continues winning ways at Grand Junction Invite
    — Dakota Ridge senior Danny Carney continued his winning ways, taking first place in the Grand Junction Invitational on Sept. 24.
    Carney won the meet in a time of 16 minutes, 30.10 seconds, easily outrunning second-place finisher Andrew Mansfield of Glenwood Springs by 33 seconds.