Today's News

  • Heinekamp to leave Jeffco library board

    Jefferson County Public Library trustee Lynne Heinekamp will be retiring from the board effective Jan. 1, she announced last week.

    Heinekamp, whose term would have expired on Sept. 30, 2012, cited personal reasons for the decision, namely that she will be caring for her 3-year-old great grandson.

    “It was with a heavy heart, and I’ve loved it all,” Heinekamp said during a Dec. 8 board meeting. “But this is necessary. I need to be home.”

    County commissioners appointed Heinekamp to the seven-member library board in 2009.

  • Hyper condition creates challenge for law officers

    South Jeffco resident Russell Arnold was pacing frantically in and out of his apartment early on June 7. The 34-year-old — high on crystal methamphetamine, breathing rapidly and covered in sweat — struggled with sheriff’s deputies, continuing to resist even after being shocked with a Taser and receiving at least four hard uppercuts to his face.

  • Geared up for competition

    Young gearheads at Colorow Elementary School and Summit Ridge Middle School have cultivated a love for LEGOs, an enthusiasm shared with prior generations of children who grew up to become engineers, designers and other successful professionals.

    But the modern building blocks are technological leaps ahead of those found scattered on floors and lodged between couch cushions 20 years ago. Today’s LEGOs often incorporate autonomous robotic programs, and students can craft tiny machines to precisely execute an unlimited number of tasks.

  • Nissler to take top library job permanently

    Jeffco Libraries interim director Pam Nissler is poised to take the job on a permanent basis, a reversal of her earlier decision to retire next year that spares the system a second nationwide search for an executive director.

  • Virus hits a quarter of Normandy Elementary kids

    An unidentified virus infected roughly a quarter of Normandy Elementary School’s students last week, including a number of staff who called in sick.
    Beginning Dec. 1, the school noticed a spike in the number of children whose parents phoned them in absent — 135 students. By comparison, only 29 students were called in sick the previous day.

  • Sports briefs

    Mann’s 37 points carry Chatfield past host Mullen
    — Junior Brenden Mann scored a game-high 37 points as Chatfield upended host Mullen 72-59 on Nov. 30 in its regular-season opener.
    Nate Rust added 12 points and the Chargers broke the game open with a 20-11 run in the second quarter to lead 39-29 at the break.
    Mullen was led by Falk Boyle and KJ DeCristino with 12 points each.

    Lady Eagles place second at Battle at The Ridge tourney

  • Chatfield’s Games on her game early on in season

    GOLDEN — Is it too early in the season to have state qualifying times? According to the coaches at the D’Evelyn Sprint Pentathlon on Dec. 3 at the Colorado School of Mines it’s never too early.
    In fact, Chatfield head coach Ron Johns, who despite his calm, quiet manner, was rather pleased going into the Pentathlon because one of his girls, junior Brigitta Games, had already nabbed her spot at state in the 100 butterfly the night before at a dual meet against Pomona, in which Chatfield won 216-92, with a time of 1 minute, 3.22 seconds.

  • Overtime heroics propel Chatfield to first win

    Host Chatfield led by two goals for most of the game, but visiting Heritage scored two third-period goals, including one in the last two and half minutes, to send their Dec. 3 game at Edge Ice Arena into overtime.
    With the teams still deadlocked with 30 seconds left on the clock and an upcoming faceoff in the Chatfield zone, Heritage called a timeout to design a play. Chatfield coach Mark Glombecki used that time to call a play of his own, and it worked out just as he drew it up.

  • 5A state title game vignettes

    Yes, Mother Nature dumped its fair share of snow on the metropolitan area Thursday and again late Friday night into Saturday morning, but it had no bearing on Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
    Seats, especially in the upper deck, were still covered with the white stuff but the field came out none the worse for wear. And outside of a flip slips here and there the field was in tip-top shape, as evident by Columbine’s potent rushing attack.


  • Rebels’ perseverance and will shine bright

    DENVER — Cameron McDondle showed up to the first day of fall practice 75 minutes late, a yellow physical card in hand. Columbine’s star running back, coming off a 1,583-yard campaign a season earlier, couldn’t practice until that formality was addressed.
    It was a small bump in the road, but it was a bump. And there were plenty of those for the Rebels in 2011. Even so, when the dust cleared, Columbine, like it had done four times in the previous 12 years, was standing above all the rest in 5A.