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Today's News

  • Splashdown! Dogs have their own damp day at Ken-Caryl pool

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    There was plenty of running, splashing and roughhousing Saturday at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House pool, but the lifeguard didn’t seem to mind. 

  • Board planning changes to rules for public comment at meetings

    The Jeffco Board of Education agreed to change the rules for public comment at meetings at its Saturday retreat. 

    To be approved at a future meeting, the new system would allow for up to 20 people to speak for three minutes each. If 21 to 30 people sign up, two minutes each would be allowed. If 31 to 60 people sign up, one minute per person would be allowed.

    If more than 60 people sign up to speak about agenda-related items, they will be invited to speak during the second portion of public comment, after the board has taken action on its agenda.

  • Planners to review proposed changes to Jeffco oil and gas rules

    The Jeffco Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled to review proposed changes to the county’s oil and gas regulations at its Aug. 27 meeting.

    The proposed changes would add planned-development and special-use zoning to Section 35 of the county resolution, which sets standards for the drilling and production of oil and gas.

    The amended resolution also would align current setback requirements for oil and gas operations with those of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

  • Pot task force likely to recommend against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force will end several months of work Sept. 9 when its members vote on whether or not to recommend allowing retail marijuana sales in the county. 

    But it appears a forgone conclusion that the task force will not recommend allowing retail sales, growing operations, testing and manufacturing related to retail marijuana. 

  • Sports briefs

    FOOTBALL
    Winkler, Chargers come out firing in season opener
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyle Winkler completed 11 of 12 passes for 72 yards, including a TD pass to Taylor Lammers, as the Chatfield Chargers opened the 2014 season with a weather-shortened 24-14 victory over Everglades (Fla.) on Aug. 21.
    Sean O’Dell and Jake Carstensen combined to rush for 75 yards with Carstensen adding a TD run. Dalton Keene had 12 tackles, including 10 assists.

  • 2014 cross country capsule previews

    BOYS
    COLUMBINE REBELS
    Head coach: Dirk Visser
    Classification: 5A Jeffco League
    Runners to watch: David Blair, Soph.; Jerod Kuhn, Soph.; Daniel Lupo, Sr.; Bryce Rombach, Soph.; Max Sagrillo, Jr.; Justin Hinckley, Sr.
    Season opener: Aug. 29, Arapahoe Warrior Invite, DeKoevend Park, 4 p.m.

  • 2014 volleyball capsule previews

    COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
    Head coach: Melanie Watkins
    Assistant coaches: Aimee Thomas, Marni Bilbrey, Nicole Lopez, Katrina Peterson, Paige Lopez
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    2013 record: 6-17 overall, 3-5 league
    Players to watch: Erin Singer, Jr., right-side hitter; Piper Wehrli, Jr., outside/right-side hitter
    Season opener: Aug. 26, vs. Smokey Hill. Results from the match weren’t available at press time.

  • Rebels fail to finish in stunning opening loss

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine entered its season-opening football game against Fountain-Fort Carson trying to cope with the losses of speedy running back Bernard McDondle to graduation and quarterback Michael Tait, who is focusing on golf this season. The losses showed, as the Rebels’ struggled to finish drives in a 12-7 defeat on Aug. 22 at Jefferson County Stadium.

    “We were our own worst enemy,” Columbine head coach Andy Lowry said. “We had some decent drives in the first half, we just couldn’t finish them.”

  • Lions strike quick in opening win

    ARVADA — It took just 44 seconds off the clock, though it felt a lot longer. But that’s all the time that quarterback Joey Drennan, running back turned receiver Tre Blake and the Littleton Lions needed to erase five year of season-opening doldrums.

  • Stables closed at Chatfield State Park

    The stables at Chatfield State Park are temporarily closed due to a possible outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in the horses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife closed the stables while it waits for test results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

    During the closure, horses can’t be taken out of the stables, but owners can enter the stables to care for their animals, said Matt Robbins, a Parks and Wildlife spokesman. Owners who wish to bring their horses to Chatfield to ride may still do so, but Robbins said they will be cautioned about the possible outbreak.