Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lockheed Martin planning 1,200 layoffs nationwide

    Lockheed Martin Space Systems plans to cut about 1,200 jobs by the end of the year, including positions at its Waterton Canyon location, the company announced Tuesday.

    Most of the layoffs will affect middle management, which is being reduced by 25 percent, the company said.

    The company did not announce how many jobs would be cut locally but did say the Waterton Canyon location would be affected. Positions will also be eliminated at the company’s locations in Sunnyvale, Calif., and in Delaware Valley, Pa.

  • Front-runners, step to the rear

    Chris Romer joined a fairly exclusive club last week. Along with Dale Tooley, Norm Early and Ari Zavaras, he’s now one of the can’t-miss front-runners for Denver mayor who fell to lesser-known opponents each of the last four times the office was truly up for grabs.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    A little birdwatching in the ‘hood

  • AFL is Vena's arena

    Ryan Vena doesn’t play football for the money. How could he when the former Chatfield Senior star makes just $400 a week playing for the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul?

    It’s a far cry from the salaries that NFL players make, at least what they will make once the current lockout is said and done with. But the financial rewards are not what keeps Vena going. The game is.