Today's News

  • County health agency warns of risks from inhaling smoke

    Jefferson County Public Health warned residents late Monday about increased respiratory risks caused by heavy smoke from the Lower North Fork Fire south of Conifer.

    A gigantic plume of smoke filled the foothills and surrounded the metro area beginning Monday afternoon, after the blaze scorched thousands of acres in a matter of hours.

  • Sports briefs

    Dakota Ridge opens with fast start in Arizona tournament
    GLENDALE, Ariz.
    — Dakota Ridge won its fourth straight game and second in the Coach Bob/Boulder Creek Invitational on March 24 with an 11-1 win over Coconino (Flagstaff, Ariz.) at Deer Valley High School.
    The Eagles (5-1) opened with a 3-0 win over host Deer Valley earlier in the day.
    Dakota Ridge played two more games in the tournament after press deadlines. The Eagles return to Colorado to play at Golden on April 5.


  • Rebels impose their will on Valor Christian

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — The old saying is that it’s not over until it’s over thanks to N.Y. Yankees legend Yogi Berra. But that certainly wasn’t the case March 23 when the Columbine Rebels’ boys lacrosse team met host Valor Christian.
    It was over almost before it started.
    Serving as a tuneup for Columbine’s three-game road trip to California this week, the Rebels imposed their will early and often in a 19-4 thumping. The 19 goals were a season-high for Columbine.

  • Lady Eagles just miss the mark against A-West

    ARVADA — It’s not like Dakota Ridge didn’t have its chances. Time and again the Lady Eagles got good looks on goal. But be it whether the ball sailed high over the net or directly into the crossbar it wasn’t meant to be.
    Amy Hayes and Adranna Brite scored second-half goals as Arvada West sent Dakota Ridge to its fourth shutout defeat of the season 2-0 at the North Area Athletic Complex. The 5A state finalists from a season ago dropped to 1-5 overall, 0-1 in Jeffco League play.

  • Ferrin, Falcons victorious in clutch

    LAKEWOOD — Zane Ferrin had a single-minded approach to his last at-bat. The Front Range Christian senior first baseman was sitting on fastball all the way. And it just so happened he got it on the first pitch.
    Ferrin’s walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh capped a five-run rally as the Falcons stunned Byers 9-8 on March 23 at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park.

  • Rebels’ depth topples Lobos

    EVERGREEN — The Columbine Rebels boys’ swim team trekked up the hill to faceoff against the Conifer Lobos at Wulf Recreation Center on March 22. At first glance, the meet might’ve seemed mismatched since Columbine is a 5A team and Conifer is 4A. But the meet was mutually advantageous because it was designed to allow both schools to advance based off of their particular strengths.

  • Remaining evacuees return to homes as weather deals final blow to deadly Lower North Fork Fire

    With containment of the deadly Lower North Fork Fire at 100 percent and wetter weather answering the prayers of residents and firefighters, the remaining evacuated residents were headed back to their homes — a week after the wildfire brought fear and devastation to a massive area south of Conifer. 


    Kuehster Road, where the most damage was done, was open to residents only on Monday, Jeffco sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. All pre-evacuation notices also were lifted April 2.

  • I’ll always be a Tim Tebow fan

    Yes, I understand. Peyton Manning is a four-time MVP, a Super Bowl winner, and a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer. He commands a game like nobody else. Even when he’s just at 75 percent, he’s still better than everybody else. And by all accounts, he’s an even better man off the field than on it. It’s great to have him in Denver.
    But I’m still going to miss Tim Tebow.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Another victim of ‘Wonka Syndrome’

  • School board seeks input on budget issues

    While there are many opinions about how we should educate our children in Jefferson County, we can all agree on one underlying principle — we care about our children, and we want the best for them.
    Jeffco schools have struggled over the last three years to manage more than $60 million in state funding cuts without hurting kids. We have reduced costs, closed under-enrolled schools, trimmed staff, streamlined administration and cut compensation.