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Today's News

  • The spirit of Santa: Canterbury neighborhood recalls man who donned a red suit

    This time of year, Conrad Paquette’s neighbors remember him as Santa Claus.

    But the Canterbury residents also recall the time 15 years ago when “Conny” came to their aid, raising money to provide new playground equipment in Chaucer Park.

    Conrad Paquette died in 2001, but his spirit lives on in the Canterbury neighborhood, particular during the holidays.

    “It’s amazing how one life can affect an entire community,” said Barb Little, a former member of the Canterbury homeowners association.

  • Doves are popular in Christmas Bird Count

    Once more the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the 108th Christmas Bird Count. As usual, the Evergreen Audubon Society will participate, covering the Evergreen-Idaho Springs area. This year’s count will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16. All Audubon members, guests, friends and the public are invited to participate.

  • 'I'll catch you all around the bend'

    From the time I was diagnosed with cancer about 14 months ago, I wondered what the subject of my final column would be and when I would write it. Well, I’m no closer to a subject and have been wondering how much longer I could hold out, but now the time has come.

    Like everything else during my life, I have put it off until the last minute.

  • ACC display celebrates immigrants who call Littleton area home

    The subject of immigration often sparks debate — so much so that people often forget the value a naturalized citizen brings to the country.

    But a new display in Arapahoe Community College’s atrium has been installed to remind the community of the people who have chosen to call the Littleton area home. Part of the Milestones Project, ACC’s exhibit, “Littleton: My International Home Sweet Home,” highlights some of the immigrants who add culture and value through their community contributions.

  • A new spin on lunch: Ken Caryl principal starts a karaoke revolution

    The lunchroom erupted in cheers as seventh-grader Grant Stavrakas finished belting out “Proud Mary.”

    And the cheers didn’t come simply because someone of Grant’s age could hit every note just like John Fogerty did in Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording. It was also because Grant presided over the room with the flair of a rock ’n’ roll front man. He even brought a quartet of backup dancers.

    “It’s like he is a completely different person when he steps up there,” said Patrick Santos, his principal.

  • Virtual field trips: Ute Meadows students among first in district to participate in interactive series

    Ute Meadows Elementary is about 2,300 miles away from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. But that doesn’t prevent fifth-graders from taking field trips to the historic city.

    All it requires is a good Internet connection and a willingness to learn.

    The Ute Meadows students are among the first in Jeffco Public Schools to experience the Electronic Field Trip Series, a subscription-based interactive educational program available to educators through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and broadcast through PBS.

  • Rivals clash in early-season dual

    Columbine got revenge and Chatfield earned a bit of a moral victory Thursday night as these rivals squared off on the mats at Columbine High School.

    The Rebels won eight of the 14 weights to earn a 45-34 victory and avenge last season’s defeat to the Chargers.

  • Chatfield skates past Dakota Ridge 8-1

    One of the coldest nights so far this winter did not stop the students, parents and faculty from going to the Edge Ice Arena to watch local rivals Chatfield and Dakota Ridge meet up in an early season Class 5A Foothills League ice hockey match-up.

    Although the 8-1 score shows a complete domination by the Chargers, the action on the ice tells a game of two evenly matched sides.

  • Inexperience catches up with Dakota Ridge

    CENTENNIAL — Nine minutes was the difference Saturday for Dakota Ridge.

    From late in the second quarter through the third, the Eagles saw early foul trouble, youth, perimeter pressure and an experienced opponent create a Mission: Impossible.

  • Chatfield boys still searching for first win

    LITTLETON — Chatfield boys basketball coach Steve Schimpeler says that he’s going to have to gauge success differently this season.

    Schimpeler, known for his teams’ up-tempo style of play, recognizes that the Chargers might not put as many wins in the win column this season compared to years past.