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Today's News

  • Chatfield girls fight valiantly, lose to No. 6 Cherokee Trail

    AURORA — As the No. 27 seed of the 5A state playoffs, the Chatfield girls soccer team was supposed to be the underdog against No. 6 Cherokee Trail.

    But on Tuesday night at Legacy Stadium, the Chargers left it all out on the field.

    After a contentious first half, in which the score was tied 1-1, the Chargers outplayed the Cougars and forced overtime.

    Cue the drama.

    Less than five minutes into the 15-minute overtime, the ref called a deflected pass-back a negative pass back into the box: Cougar indirect free kick.

  • Jeffco Sheriff's Office dedicating unit to family crimes

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, in addition to increased response from its victim advocates, has established a Family Crimes Unit.

    Sheriff Jeff Shrader presented the first-quarter 2018 Law Enforcement Authority report at the Board of County Commissioners’ May 1 hearing, stating that the unit became fully functional in January. It has four investigators and a sergeant dedicated to handling crimes involving domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault by a family member or acquaintance, human trafficking and elder abuse.

  • The daily circus

    Sometimes the apparent absurdities of our national politics simply defy explanation. In an attempt to impart some sanity, it appears to me that the best analogy may well be that of a circus.
    Traditionally, our most popular circuses have featured compelling ringmasters directing the audience’s attention to the ever-changing entertainment in one of three rings. Today we have the national media as self-serving ringmasters directing the public’s attention to what they deem as the story of the moment, the issue or issues that best serve their anti-Trump agenda.

  • Gratitude for family, friends, life

    On the day before Easter, my daughters Alex and Bekah and I had stopped on the hill above Mid-Vail to discuss our final run of the day. The next thing I remember was emergency room personnel in the Vail hospital discussing whether I should be taken to Denver Health by ambulance or by helicopter.
    My daughters later told me that I had hit a patch of ice and taken a fall that had broken my helmet (which, thankfully, I was wearing) and my bindings and left me bleeding profusely from my face.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Mrs. Draper

  • Educators, parents rally for more funding at the Capitol

    The teachers are not all right — they’re mad as hell about education funding, and they want legislators to do something about it.
    On Thursday and Friday, thousands of educators and other supporters from more than a dozen school districts across the state — including Jeffco and Clear Creek — descended upon the state Capitol in hopes of sending a clear message to lawmakers about how they feel about teacher compensation and school funding in Colorado.

  • Wheat Ridge, Jeffco searching for car theft suspect

    The Wheat Ridge Police Department and Jeffco Sheriff’s Office are working to locate a second suspect accused of stealing a car in Wheat Ridge on Wednesday morning that later crashed into a parked car in the 6000 block of West Ken Caryl Avenue.

    Around 9 a.m. May 2, the departments were notified by OnStar of a stolen 2015 Buick Encore. The vehicle was stolen from a home in the 4700 block of Robb Street in Wheat Ridge, according to Sara Spaulding, spokeswoman with the Wheat Ridge Police Department.

  • Parks briefs

    Foothills working with local design group on park projects

    Foothills Park and Recreation District is officially putting money from the newly passed mill levy increase to work.

    As such, the board of directors last week approved an amended agreement to spend $95,170 to work with local design group Architerra Group in the first year of its new capital program. Foothills has worked with the South Jeffco-based landscape design company on previous projects.

  • Volunteers collaborate on Earth Day projects at Bear Creek Lake Park

    Nearly a week after Earth Day, volunteers gathered at Bear Creek Lake Park to take part in a series of volunteer projects.

    Last Saturday, one group cleared litter from the park grounds; another helped with stream bank and riparian restoration on the Bear Creek Greenbelt; yet another helped with cleanup and fire mitigation along Bear Creek; and a final worked at the visitors’ center, planting and doing trail work.

    The work is important, but perhaps particularly so for City of Lakewood Parks, a small department that relies heavily on volunteers.

  • Cap and gown bound: Dakota Ridge High School senior prepares for next steps

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series honoring impressive graduates across South Jeffco. Throughout May, we will profile one senior a week from Dakota Ridge High School, Chatfield Senior High School, D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School and Columbine High School.

    As Leslie Alvarez worked a challenging integral in the library of Dakota Ridge High School, her face lit up when she realized she knew the answer.