Today's News

  • Change in routine doesn’t faze Lodice

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — From the looks of things, Dakota Ridge’s Skylar Lodice was out for another run through the park on Saturday.

    In this case, it was the Colorado High School Coaches Association all-state cross country race at Cole Park in Alamosa.

    But it wasn’t the same.

    “It was different being able to run with the boys,” she said. “It made me a lot more competitive and helped me finish the race strong, which I really loved. It was so competitive, and I just love the rush.”

  • Surprises for Layman at All-State games

    Steve Smith

    ALAMOSA — Columbine senior Kerstin Layman was pleased after her first of two games in the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s volleyball tournament at Adams State University on Saturday.

    But it’s not for the reason you might think. Yes, her team won its first match. It only took three sets.

    She liked the girls on her team, so it wasn’t that.

  • Just please spend a moment thinking about it

    Given the daily challenges we all have to deal with, it is easy for us to overlook some of the important events that have contributed mightily to our current status. As with any historical relevance, a key component is not so much the factual occurrence, but rather the emotional connection.
    As time passes and personal accounts dwindle, this emotional connection becomes even more critical yet difficult to achieve. Yet its importance grows.

  • Clowns to the left and jokers to the right

    My favorite news source is Michael Smerconish, who has a weekday three-hour news and political discussion show, on Satellite radio station POTUS. His tag line is the title of this article.
    He appeals to me because of his fairmindedness. He is a true centrist, and in the three or four years I have been an avid listener, I have not seen one instance of biased discussion of an issue. It’s obvious as I listen to his callers that they are open-minded and endeavor to see both sides of an issue before deciding how they feel.

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  • Senior Law Day moves to Jeffco courthouse

    Cary Johnson stood in the middle of the courtroom, telling the people packed into the jury chairs and the public benches that in all the years he’s had his credit card, it’s never once left his sight.
    Johnson, with the Jeffco DA’s Office, explained that considering how easy it is for people to buy skimmers and steal someone’s credit card information with a simple swipe, he always pays cash at restaurants where the server takes the bill and payment away from the table.
    He recommended those in the courtroom do the same.

  • Six South Jeffco businesses part of early morning smash-and-grabs

    Six overnight smash-and-grabs at South Jeffco businesses early Wednesday have Jefferson County officials scratching their heads.

    Although the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is still waiting on surveillance video to be released, spokesman Mark Techmeyer said all six break-ins involved stores with glass front doors being smashed with large rocks.

  • New health center opens in South Jeffco

    A new neighborhood health center officially opened its doors in South Jeffco.

    The West Littleton Neighborhood Health Center, located on the corner of West Coal Mine Avenue and Kipling Parkway, offers primary care and emergency services, as well as mammography, medical imaging, bone density and laboratory services. The new health center joined with Littleton-Chatfield Family Medicine and Clement Park Family Medicine.

  • Inter-Canyon approves purchase of new truck

    The Inter-Canyon Fire board approved the purchase of a $276,000 tactical tender truck during its May 31 meeting.

    “Within our district, we have only two small areas that have hydrants, and so that means that in the majority of our fires, we have to use water tenders to truck that water in,” said Dan Hatlestad, spokesman for the fire protection district.

    Tenders typically carry 2,400 gallons of water, while the average home would take 30,000 gallons of water to put out when fully involved, Hatlestad said.

  • Camp Ember teaches girls interested in fire service

    As a young girl living in Florida, Maddison Vurnam remembers when a child went missing in her neighborhood.

    The local fire department stayed out all night searching without taking breaks. It was this experience that inspired Vurnam, a 17-year-old home-school student from Arvada, to work someday in the fire service. When she heard about Camp Ember, a four-day immersive fire-based camp for girls, she knew she wanted to participate.