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Today's News

  • That’s a wrap for Reed

    LAKEWOOD — Seniors Lexi Reed and Katie Rainsberger embraced after both finished up their impressive prep careers May 21 at Jeffco Stadium.

     “She (Rainsberger) just said good job and I said good job getting the record,” Reed said of the conversation when the two hugged after Rainsberger set a new state meet record winning the Class 4A girls 1,600-meter state title with a time of 4:45.27. 

  • Short stay at state baseball for Dakota Ridge

    DENVER — Having won nine-of-10 games entering the Class 5A baseball double-elimination state tournament, Dakota Ridge liked its chances for a long stay.

    Unfortunately for the Eagles, losses to Cherokee Trail (May 20 at All-City Field) and Mullen (May 21 at Machebeuf High School) brought the season to an abrupt end for Dakota Ridge (15-8 record).

  • Wildfire response exercise planned in Ken-Caryl area

    A full-scale wildfire preparation exercise is planned for the Ken-Caryl area on Saturday. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security Grant Program, the exercise will involve neighborhood evacuations, a mock shelter at Chatfield High School and more.

  • Mercury rising

    Astronomy enthusiasts and passers-by alike caught a rare glimpse of Mercury’s transit across the sun on May 9, the first time the phenomenon had occurred since 2006.

    “If you look about nine o’clock, there should be a clean black dot. The ones in the center are fuzzy sunspots,” said Mike Dempsey, a naturalist at Lookout Mountain Nature Center who was stationed at Mount Falcon Park with a $2,000 telescope donated by volunteers and equipped with a filter to make the viewing possible.

  • Rebels book trip to state soccer semis

    LAKEWOOD — The left foot of Columbine senior Tatum Barton got the Rebels one step closer to the Class 5A girls soccer state championship game.

    Barton’s 28th goal this season was all the 5A Jeffco League champs needed offensively May 18 in the state quarterfinal showdown with No. 7 seed Rocky Mountain. The senior forward ripped a left-footed shot from atop the Lobos’ goalie box in the 49th minute that hit the inside of the right post and into the back of the net.

  • School district, teachers union reach contract agreement

    Jeffco Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement after months of negotiations.

    The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises, $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase and a transparent pay schedule. It retains a slightly modified version of the controversial pay-for-performance system instituted by the previous school board.

  • Superintendent: Options exist for addressing facilities needs

    If Jeffco Public Schools’ proposed facilities master plan isn’t approved next month, the district will have to consider other solutions to the issue of its aging buildings and the capital needs associated with repairing and replacing those facilities.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, year-round school, a split-shift schedule and a bond issue focused on deferred maintenance all are possibilities.

  • Jury convicts Littleton man in slaying of common-law wife

    A Littleton man accused of killing his common-law wife was convicted Monday of first-degree murder. 

    Michael Sommerfield, 35, was found guilty by a jury in the slaying of Michele Lucero, 34, in 2014. On March 21, 2014, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office was called to Lucero’s home in the 9300 block of West Ontario Drive, where she was found dead. An autopsy later concluded the woman had died from ligature strangulation. 

  • DA’s office reviewing complaint about forged signatures on Keyser’s petitions

    The economic crime unit of the Denver DA’s office is reviewing a complaint from ProgressNow Colorado, a political group that has alleged signatures were forged on the petitions of Jon Keyser in his bid to make the GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.

    After receiving a letter from Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow, the district attorney's office agreed to review the complaint, said Lynn Kimbrough, Denver DA’s spokesperson.

    “We are in the process of looking at documents,” Kimbrough said.

  • Lower portion of Waterton Canyon now open daily for recreation

    The lower portion of Waterton Canyon reopened for daily recreational use on Sunday.
    The area had been closed Monday through Saturday since early February for construction of the High Line Canal diversion structure in the South Platte River.

    Access to the river from the canyon entrance to mile marker 3.2 is closed indefinitely because of high flows in the South Platte from April storms. The high flows also prevented crews from completing the construction project by early May as scheduled.