Today's News

  • 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.

  • Watchdog group files complaints against nonprofits pushing recall

    A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has accused groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws in two lawsuits that will go before Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.

  • Take precautions on Halloween to keep pets from getting spooked

    More than 20 million pet owners across the country will dress up their pets this Halloween, according to a report released by the National Retail Federation. With more than $350 million forecast to be spent on pet costumes in 2015, there will be no shortage of dressed-up pets hitting social media and online photo contests, including Deer Creek Animal Hospital in South Jeffco.

  • A summary of items on the Jefferson County ballot

    Proposition BB: Marijuana tax revenue question

    The state is proposing Proposition BB, which would allow lawmakers to spend the $66.1 million in taxes collected during the first year that sales of recreational marijuana were legal.

  • Man arrested in attempted murder case

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office arrested a suspect Oct. 16 in an attempted homicide case, a day after deputies searched a South Jeffco neighborhood in vain for the man.

    Zachary Zuchowski, 21, was arrested in connection with allegations of attempted murder, robbery and menacing related to an alleged Oct. 13 assault on Jadin Michael Cruickshank, 21.