Today's News

  • Book by South Jeffco mom helps parents deal with teens’ obsession with cell phone


    That means: “Laugh out loud. Oh my gosh! Be right back. Talk to you later.”

    The above translation can offer help for parents trying to fathom their teens’ obsession with cell phones and texting. And when those same teens are baffled by their elders’ objections to between-course correspondence at the dinner table, they too can benefit from a little cross-generational translation.

    Enter South Jeffco resident Michelle Cimino, author of “Cell Phone Etiquette: Observations from a Mom.”

  • Some competition at the caucuses

    Leave it to voters to prove that they have something to say about elections!

  • Farmers shine, but Chargers take spotlight in end

    Having depth in a sport contested in water seems like a no-brainer. Thankfully for the Chargers, they had plenty of it March 26 against Wheat Ridge.

    The Chargers won just four of the nine individual events, and won one of the three relay events, but still cruised to a 172-122 victory over the Farmers at The Ridge.

    Travis Roundy (200 yard freestyle), Bryce Carter (50 freestyle), Austin Layman (100 butterfly) and LJ Lavecchia (diving) all won their events, while the quartet of Nathan Jensen, Zach Kugler, Spencer Ollila and Layman combined to take the 400 freestyle relay.

  • Rebels lose it late to Wildcats

    The Columbine Rebels had enough talent to win just about every battle March 26 against Arvada West.

    The war, however, well, that was won in the end — literally — by the Wildcats.

    A 1-3 finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final event of the day, gave the Wildcats enough points for a 152-143 victory at the Ridge.

    A-West led by a single point coming in to the race, but their first quartet earned a dominating win, while their second squad was nearly a minute better than Columbine’s.

  • Storm closes Jeffco schools

    The spring snowstorm that launched an assault on the area Tuesday afternoon forced closure of all Jeffco schools on Wednesday.

    Up to a foot and a half of snow was reported to have accumulated in South Jeffco by 6 a.m. Wednesday, leaving road conditions treacherous.

    The snow was expected to continue until early Wednesday afternoon.


  • Miscues mar Eagles’ loss at Cherry Creek


    This wasn’t the start to the season the Dakota Ridge Eagles had in mind.

    Just two days after dropping their season opener 7-4 to Mountain Vista, the Eagles had the daunting task of playing at Cherry Creek in the Bruins’ opener and fell to 0-2 after a 15-5 loss in six innings on March 11.

    While Dakota Ridge was overmatched, facing star pitcher Tito Nava, it was the Eagles defense that allowed this game to get out of hand early.

  • Youth leads Chargers over Rebels

    Lots of freshmen feel like outsiders in the big scheme of high school life.

    Chatfield fish Zach Kugler was a definite outsider March 12, but that wasn’t his fault. And don’t expect it to last much longer.

    “I don’t have any times for high school,” Kugler said.

  • Allen flies to finish

    Ben Allen wasn’t nervous for his first varsity swim meet. Nor was he scared.

    Allen, however, did feel pretty fast.

    In a race where nothing mattered beyond the bravery of the athlete and the grins that followed, Allen, a special-needs junior at Chatfield, swam the 50-yard freestyle March 12 for the Chargers. Not the Chatfield Unified team, mind you, which Allen competes for in basketball, but the full varsity.

    “I probably did pretty good,” Allen said at the Ridge. “I broke a 56.”

  • ‘American Idol’ run ends for former area resident

    A former South Jeffco resident achieved international fame recently, having made her way to the top 16 contestants in the ninth season of “American Idol.”

    Singer Lilly Scott, 20, whose parents live in the area, won over the show’s sometimes finicky judges and thousands of fans, who sent in text-message votes in attempts to keep her on the show.

    She was cut from the running last week, when the show’s four contestants receiving the bottom rung of votes were cast off.

  • Mr. Biggs property owner hopes business go in new direction

      The owner of the property that houses the troubled Mr. Biggs entertainment center is trying to distance the business from its recent history of run-ins with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Following a March 4 liquor-license hearing that halted alcohol sales at the entertainment center, building owner George Shakiban said a new tenant is being sought and that the business will henceforth cater specifically to families. But even though rowdy club nights and late-night concerts are a thing of the past, Shakiban said, the fate of Mr.