Today's News

  • Voters recall conservative school board members

    By Gabrielle Porter

    Staff Writer

    Jeffco’s conservative school board majority was overwhelmingly recalled in the Nov. 3 election, and the so-called “clean slate” of candidates backed by the Jefferson County Education Association and the recall organizers swept all five seats on the board.

    As of Nov. 6, unofficial results showed:

    • 64.3 percent voted to recall Julie Williams in District 1. Brad Rupert, the sole successor candidate, received all votes cast to replace her.

  • Quick Hits

    Coach Woitalewicz wins 100th

  • League title in D’Evelyn’s sights

    LAKEWOOD — D’Evelyn’s offense went a perfect 7-for-7 in the opening half Oct. 30 at Trailblazer Stadium.

    The Jaguars scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions against Arvada in the Class 3A Metro North League game. D’Evelyn (7-2, 4-0 in league) led 49-0 at halftime and let off the gas in the second half to take an eventual 49-8 victory over Arvada (1-8, 0-4).

  • Columbine rolls to undefeated regular season

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine junior Mikey Griebel’s 78-yard sprint to the end zone on the first play of the second half Oct. 29 at Jeffco Stadium essentially ran the Rebels into the start of the postseason.

    “We went into halftime wanting to put the game away and get ready for next week,” said Griebel, who had six carries for 164 yards and three catches for 35 yards. “We went with one of the strongest plays we have. The linemen executed. I’m blessed with that offensive line.”

  • Reed finishes third again at state meet

    COLORADO SPRINGS — D’Evelyn senior Lexi Reed looked around the holding pen for the top-10 finishers in the girls Class 4A state cross country race and was up for a quick one-on-one basketball tournament.

     “I would do that. I think I could take them, maybe,” said Reed with a smile when asked if she would have an advantage on the basketball court against her fellow top cross country runners in the state. “Unless someone has a hidden basketball talent I don’t know of.”

  • Hang-glider pilot injured in crash on Lookout Mountain

    A hang-glider pilot crashed on Lookout Mountain on Thursday and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

    The pilot's glider crashed about 100 yards below the road, and rescue crews had to rapel down to reach him. Golden spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said the man was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in serious condition.

    Lookout Mountain Road was closed for a time after the accident.

  • Halloween heads roll in pumpkin patch match

    Most pumpkin patches don’t come with an obstacle course.

    Thousands descended on the Botanical Gardens at Chatfield on Saturday for the annual Great Pumpkin Haul, a 2-mile obstacle course in which each competitor carries a pumpkin — or two pumpkins, for the more extreme athletes.

    And if carrying a pumpkin or two while climbing over a wall or through a tunnel isn’t hard enough, many participants were decked out in Halloween costumes as well.

  • McMinimee earns 24% of possible bonuses during first year

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee met benchmarks to qualify for about $9,500 in performance bonuses after his first year on the job.

    McMinimee’s contract allowed for up to $40,000 in bonuses if he met a number of goals set by the district and the school board.

  • In a library very, very close by …

    I’m a legitimate Star Wars geek.

    That isn’t an exaggeration. I grew up immersed in the universe George Lucas created in “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” I memorized every line from repeated viewings of all three movies. And I still watch them on a regular basis today.

    I’m a grown man who displays a light saber on his wall next to a poster from the original film. I’ve acted in a Star Wars fan film. I am a legitimate Star Wars geek.

  • Columbine Kiwanis Club donates $3,250 to 5 grade schools

    The Columbine Kiwanis Club donated $3,250 last week to the five elementary schools that feed into Ken Caryl Middle School to help pay for sixth-graders to attend the district’s Outdoor Lab Schools.

    The money, split among Normandy Elementary, Leawood Elementary, Columbine Hills Elementary, Governor’s Ranch Elementary and Dutch Creek Elementary, will help students unable to afford the week-long stay at either of the Outdoor Lab locations in Jeffco.