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Today's News

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chargers extend winning streak to seven, rout Bear Creek
    LAKEWOOD
    — Darius Reiter led five players in double figures with a game-high 24 points as Chatfield stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 91-69 road victory at Bear Creek on Jan. 8.
    Alec Wray and Andrew St. Germain added 12 points each, Riley Welch scored 11 and Sean Laczkowski poured in 10 for the Chargers (9-2).

    HOCKEY
    Late power-play goal lifts Columbine past Resurrection

  • ‘Starters,’ defense help Eagles to pull away from Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    When Dakota Ridge head coach Doug Maier opted to begin the Jan. 10 home game against Columbine with three regular underclass starters on the bench for the annual “Think Pink’’ night, he knew his team might be in for a rough start.
    “I wanted to give some seniors a chance to start tonight,” Maier said. “Of course, that means you might have to dig out of a hole. But it’s the right thing to do. Tonight was a special night for the seniors so we needed to do that.”

  • Tough slate sets tone for Rebels’ win over Eagles

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Even for a veteran team, the Columbine boys’ non-league schedule would have been daunting. Throw in the fact the Rebels were rebuilding after losing their top five scorers, and “killer’’ became an appropriate adjective.
    It played out that way for Clay Thielking’s squad, which went 2-5 with losses to four ranked 5A and 4A teams before opening Jeffco play with a three-point loss to Ralston Valley.

  • Eagles, Chargers up to the challenge

    ARVADA — Ali Borelli and her Dakota Ridge teammates knew that if they were going to win the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay on Jan. 8 as part of the 5A Jeffco Relays that they would have to pull off one of their fastest times of the season. They also would have to keep up with Lakewood and not let the Lady Tigers get too far out in front.
    Mission accomplished.

  • STUDENT PROFILES: Dakota Ridge junior always looking for opportunities to bring smiles, support to others

    Teachers and parents challenge students to engage in opportunities of community outreach in the belief that education extends beyond the mastery of content and accomplishment in athletics or activities. Working toward positive contributions as citizens in the community, students should experience an education that promotes empathy for one another as well as exemplary academic achievement.

  • County clerk approves Jeffco5 petition plan

    Jeffco voters are a step closer to deciding whether the Board of County Commissioners should expand to five members from the current three.  

    Jeffco5, a grassroots organization working to expand the commission, received approval last week from the county clerk and recorder’s office for petitions for an initiative that would ask voters if they want five commissioners to represent the county’s residents.

  • Cold weather doesn’t put skaters on ice

    On a day when frigid temperatures frosted South Jeffco, parents braved the snow and cold to give their kids a chance to play on the ice. 

    Dozens of beginning ice skaters took to the rink at The Edge Ice Arena on Saturday for Foothills Park and Rec’s Give Ice Skating a Try Day. 

    The aim of the free lesson and skate rental is to spark a life-long love for being on the ice, said Lezlea Zessin, Foothills’ figure skating director. 

  • Inter-Canyon Fire approves 2014 budget

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District had a memorable 2013, but for all the wrong reasons.

    “Last year’s theme was ‘survive,’ ” said Karl Firor, treasurer for the Inter-Canyon board of directors. “This year’s theme is, ‘It’s going to be a little bit better than last year.’”

  • Lake open for skating at Pine Valley Ranch

    Eager anglers and graceful gliders can now slide down to Pine Grove to enjoy some winter activity in the mountains.

    The lake at Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park is now open for ice skating and fishing.

    “It’s kind of a step back in time,” said Thea Rock, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space. “We don’t groom the ice or anything like that. People can get a flavor of ice skating in the past and really get that outdoor experience.” 

  • Evergreen to be hub for regional emergency dispatch system

    In the new year, Evergreen will be the hub for all things emergency-related in west-central Jeffco.

    It’s all part of “regionalization,” a nationwide push to bring emergency agencies together under one roof, system or organization to better coordinate response over an extended area. And when that area is prone to wildfires — or flooding — a little reorganization is designed to go a long way.