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Today's News

  • CD 1’s taxicab congressional hopeful looking forward to election

    It might not have been part of the plan, but for about the last year Casper Stockham has been talking a lot of politics with Denver area residents.

    Born and raised in Bridgeport, Conn., Stockham, 56, is an Air Force veteran who was a noncommissioned officer who specialized in crypto-communications. Stockham served in the Air Force for 17 years and was transferred to Colorado in 1989 just before his military career came to an end.

  • Hundreds participate in Lights On Afterschool event at Foothills

    More than 300 South Jeffco students participated last Thursday in a special after-school celebration at the Foothills Park & Recreation District.

  • Music to their ears

    Choirs from 14 Jeffco high schools — including Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield — congregated at Arvada High School on Oct. 20 to perform an informal concert for one another.

    Called the Jeffco Sing-In, the musical event has more than a 20-year history. It provides a chance for the concert choirs to listen to each other in a non-competitive atmosphere. In fact, choirs are asked not to wear school colors or choir outfits. Each choir can perform up to two songs of any genre.

  • Gaining the toughest yards

    The glow of the October sun sinks behind the mountains lining the Chatfield Senior High School football field. A whistle blows; the game is over; the crowd cheers loudly — Chatfield wins.

    Sophomore running back Alex Malone, No. 18, who moved in June to South Jeffco from Texas, jogs off the field to join his team in celebration.

  • A scary good time: Haunted house raises funds for St. Jude’s Hospital

    Some families are crazy about Thanksgiving, while others prefer Christmas, Hanukkah or Easter.

    But for Debbie Christensen and her family, it’s all about Halloween.

    With the help of her children and siblings, the South Jeffco resident creates a haunted house in the front yard of her home each year. Through word of mouth and social media, the haunted house has continued to grow in its 15 or so years, and now Christensen and her family use it as a means of raising funds for organizations like Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  • Ghouls are this girl’s best friend

    A black storage box sits under Shay Langley’s bed in her South Jeffco home, but it doesn’t contain extra clothes or shoes.

    Instead, it’s where she keeps a charred flap of skin, a mutated eyeball, a gaping, bloody mouth.

    Yet what might scare many inspires the 14-year-old special-effects makeup artist. In fact, she lives for the horrified gasps that the art inside her “creepy little monster case” creates.

  • D’Evelyn overcomes sluggish beginning

    LAKEWOOD — D’Evelyn, most certainly, didn’t come out ready to play its 4A Jeffco League volleyball tournament opener against Wheat Ridge on Oct. 20. A timeout, however, rectified the slow start.

  • Inspired Dakota Ridge knocks off fifth-ranked Heritage

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge football team wanted to win for a teammate — sophomore Christian Lyons — who couldn’t be on the field Oct. 20 at Jeffco Stadium.

  • D’Evelyn dominates at regionals

    THORNTON — There are times when one does well, and then there are times when you go above and beyond, and exceed expectations. That’s what the D’Evelyn boys’ cross country team did at regionals.

    The Jaguars, with five runners in the top eight, were dominant at the 3A Region 5 championships on Oct. 21 at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, winning the team title with a minuscule 24 points. Skyview Academy was a distant second with 58.

  • Eagles’ run comes to an end

    AURORA — Sure, it would’ve been easy to write off the Dakota Ridge Lady Eagles. After all, barely two weeks into the season, they were just 2-7, hardly a contender for the 5A state championship. Earning a berth to another state tournament looked bleak at best.

    Then came a much-needed win over ThunderRidge – one of 5A’s top-ranked teams — early in the season.