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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Recommendation on Red Rocks Ranch rezoning postponed — again

    Another long meeting led to another postponed recommendation on rezoning Red Rocks Ranch.

    The Rooney Valley Commission, made up of representatives from Lakewood and Morrison, opted to postpone its decision for a second time after more than four hours of public comment, questions and discussion on April 25. The commission will reconvene May 17 at Red Rocks Elementary to ask additional questions and make a recommendation on the rezoning.

  • Two candidates vying for West Metro’s District 3 board seat

    Although four seats are up for election on the West Metro Fire Rescue Board of Directors, just one is contested.

    Former legislator Mike Feeley is running against Joe Margotte for the open District 3 position.

    District 3 primarily covers Lakewood and Morrison and is bounded by Alameda Avenue on the north and Kipling Parkway on the east. This district extends a bit west of C-470 and a bit south of U.S. 285.

  • Young minds at work: Thousands attend Lockheed Martin’s annual event

    Thousands of kids invaded Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon campus April 26 for Young Minds At Work, the company’s version of “Take Your Kids to Work” day.

    With more than 40 activities to choose from, including augmented reality demonstrations, edible satellites and an Orion flight simulator, there was no shortage of fun to be had. And on a campus that is generally closed to the public, employees enjoyed the chance to show their kids where they work and what they do.

  • 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.

  • D’Evelyn beats Evergreen in clash of titans

    LAKEWOOD — As then-No. 4 Evergreen and No. 8 D’Evelyn faced off April 25 at Lakewood Memorial Field, it felt very much like a showdown in an old Western movie — who would shoot first and whose shot would hit?

    After 80 minutes of regulation and 2:46 of overtime, the answer was D’Evelyn’s freshman forward Lauren Cook.

    On a breakaway possession, teammate Anna Pampalone found Cook near the top of the 18-yard perimeter, and Cook’s shot soared into the net. D’Evelyn won 1-0.

  • Rebels’ 2OT goal completes sweep of 5A Jeffco

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls soccer team had already wrapped up its fifth straight Class 5A Jeffco League title.

    “You want to win your Jeffco League games. You want to dominate our league,” Columbine coach Brian Todd said. “We have had a lot of success in Jeffco over the last couple of years. It means a lot.”

  • Columbine offense buries the Chargers

    LAKEWOOD — This season, everything is starting to come together for the Columbine girls lacrosse team.

    On Saturday morning at Trailblazer Stadium, the Rebels followed suit with the rest of their successful season when they downed rival Chatfield easily, 21-10.

    Led by senior midfielder Maeve Hungerford, who netted four goals and assisted four for eight total points, the fourth-ranked Rebels (per CHSAANow.com) relied on their high-powered offense to douse the Chargers with a barrage of goals. In all, eight Columbine players found the back of the net.