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Today's News

  • 2013-14 girls swimming capsule previews

    CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
    Head coach: Ron Johns
    Assistant coaches: Polly Boen, Sean Gillespie, Annika Games
    2012-13 recap: The Lady Chargers were second in the 5A Jeffco meet and tied for 22nd at state. Junior Averly Hobbs was second in diving. Chatfield qualified six other girls in nine events and all three relay teams.
    Swimmers to watch for: Averly Hobbs, Sr., diving; Heather Stevens, Soph., 200 and 500 freestyles; Sydney Mueller, Soph., freestyle; Haley Kopec, Soph., breaststroke

  • 2013-14 boys basketball schedules

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    DATE, OPPONENT, TIME
    Dec. 3, at Douglas County, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 5, at Loveland, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 7, Arapahoe, 3 p.m.
    Dec. 10, Mullen, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 12, Doherty, 6:30 p.m.
    Dec. 13, Palmer Ridge, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 17, at Ralston Valley, 7 p.m.
    Dec. 19, Lakewood, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 4, Pomona, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 6, at Green Mountain, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 8, at Bear Creek, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 14, Standley Lake, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 17, at Dakota Ridge, 7 p.m.
    Jan. 21, Arvada West, 7 p.m.

  • Looking ahead to the 2013-14 boys basketball season

    Five story lines lines to watch for as the 2013-14 boys basketball season gets under way:

    THE ONLY ONE. Chatfield, like Columbine, is dealing with its own mass turnover on the roster, especially in the starting lineup. Andrew St. Germain is the lone returning starter for the Chargers, who went 23-2 a season ago and reached the Sweet 16 for the 5A state tournament before being ousted by Legend. Chatfield will get tested early, starting Dec. 7 against fellow 5A state qualifier Arapahoe.

  • Baskets of joy for Thanksgiving

    It takes more than just the will to help and the desire to give to feed thousands of people. 

    It also takes an assembly line that would have made Henry Ford proud. 

    Inside the small gym at South Jeffco’s Abiding Hope Lutheran Church on Nov. 22, 100 volunteers, many of them children, lined up along two banks of tables set up between hundreds of pallets of food. 

    Eileen Schoenberger, a member of the church, shouted  instructions before the assembly line got moving. 

  • Making forever homes

    As 16-month-old Aislynne stood on the courtroom table in front of Jeffco Judge Ann Gail Meinster on Nov. 21, her soon-to-be mother, Jena, straightened the young girl’s new dress. 

    Everyone in the courtroom laughed as Aislynne danced on the table, clapping her tiny hands to an unheard rhythm. 

    “Well, let’s make her yours officially,” Meinster told Jena through laughter. 

  • New school board members take seats

    Jeffco’s three newly elected school board members wasted no time getting comfortable in their positions at last Thursday’s meeting.

    After Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt were sworn in, the new board elected officers, addressed the community and tried to put at ease parents and teachers, who raised concerns during public comment.

    How we got here

  • City Council elects Cernanec as Littleton’s new mayor

    Littleton has a new mayor. 

    The City Council voted 7-0 to make Councilman Phil Cernanec the new mayor Nov. 19. Cernanec, from District 3, has served on the council since 2009 and ran unopposed in his bid for re-election this month. 

  • Littleton gives OK for small breweries, distilleries, wineries

    Littleton could become the new small-craft adult beverage capital of Colorado. 

    The city will now allow small breweries, distilleries and wineries in commercially zoned spaces. Previously, those businesses were allowed only in industrially zoned areas. 

    The city has already heard from businesses in all three fields interested in opening up shop in Littleton, said Community Development Director Glen Van Nimwegen.  

  • Balancing outdoor recreational needs with wildlife preservation

    Getting outdoors in wide-open spaces can have health benefits for people. However, converting wild, unspoiled lands into recreational venues for humans can have a questionable impact on wildlife 

    Finding a balance between outdoor recreational needs and wildlife protection was a focus of the PLAN Jeffco conference on Nov. 16 in Golden.

    “Can wildlife survive in these areas humans tend to develop?” Dr. Mat Allredge, wildlife researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, asked during his presentation. “Will all wildlife be tolerated?”

  • Assistance still available for flood victims

    Jeffco’s Colorado Spirit flood support team wants residents of mountain communities affected by September’s flooding to know a variety of assistance is still available. 

    And that includes emotional support. 

    The three-person support team, funded for a year by a grant from FEMA, has worked its way through the county door to door offering help to residents dealing with the aftermath of the flooding.