Today's News

  • Gut-wrenching end for Chatfield

    LOVELAND — Rebecka Mintz couldn’t control her tears. Carlie Sexton was physically distraught. What had been an improbable run through the 5A Jeffco League for the Chatfield Lady Chargers’ softball team came to a crashing halt on Oct. 15 at the Region 4 tournament.
    Chatfield, the region’s top and 5A’s fourth overall seed, went from a state-tournament favorite to an afterthought after an error-proned 4-3 loss to Cherokee Trail at Barnes Softball Complex at Fairgrounds Park.

  • Dakota Ridge wins regional, reaches state

    Courtney Sharp hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth as Dakota Ridge rallied for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Poudre, winning the 5A Region 3 softball championship on Oct. 15 at Longmont’s Garden Acres.
    Dakota Ridge (19-2), seeded fifth in the regional, opened with a 2-0 shutout of Liberty, led by the pitching of Bri Arneach. She tossed seven innings of shutout ball, walking one and striking out five. BrookLynn York and Cameryn Mammenga each had two hits.

  • Carney repeats as Jeffco champ

    Danny Carney, two weeks earlier, didn’t run the Dave Sanders Invitational at Clement Park because his coaches wanted him to relax and prepare for the postseason. He had earned the rest.
    And so the Dakota Ridge senior, even feeling under the weather, was back running Oct. 14. And he was back in front as usual. Carney ran a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds, winning the 5A Jeffco League cross country championship by 45 seconds over Bear Creek’s Brandon Washington. It is Carney’s second straight league title.

  • Chargers’ Holmes pushes way to 3rd at state

    DENVER — There is a saying that reads ‘The sign on the door to opportunity reads ‘PUSH.’ For three grueling days, Chatfield’s No. 2 singles player Nick Holmes did just that.
    The Chargers senior pushed his way through opportunity’s door, capturing third place at the 5A state boys tennis championships on Oct. 15 at the Gates Tennis Center.    

  • ‘Inactive’ voters in Jeffco have alternatives

    By the Jefferson County League of Women Voters

  • Stakes high in school board race

    A campaign flier being distributed for Jeffco school board candidate Preston Branaugh contains the following conversation.
    “DadVanHorn: So what did our sons learn in school today?
    “Son: I learned we evolved from mud.
    “Son: I learned we’ll be safer when all our firearms are confiscated.
    “Son: I learned that you don’t pay enough taxes.”

  • Democrat-endorsed school board candidates lead in fund-raising

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The race for two Jeffco school board seats has so far garnered nearly $90,000 in contributions among the four candidates, with the two Democratically endorsed contenders raising more than four and a half times that of their Republican-backed opponents.

    Leading in campaign contributions as of Oct. 6 was District 4 candidate Lesley Dahlkemper, who has raised more than $42,000. District 3 candidate Jill Fellman followed with more than $31,000 in contributions.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Rip Van Ripped

  • Commissioners postpone action on charges for public records requests

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jeffco commissioners postponed again last week approving a measure that would charge the public for access to open records.

    The public information department, headed by county spokeswoman Kathryn Heider, proposed a revised set of fees Oct. 11, though Commissioner John Odom took issue with a flat hourly charge of $34 for county staff to collect documents.

  • Library budget eliminates 15 employees

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The Jefferson County Public Library is planning to eliminate 15 full-time employees and dramatically reduce hours of operation at all branches next year to address nearly $2.3 million in anticipated budget cuts, staff announced last week.