Today's News

  • Santa’s Village prep begins long before the festivities kick off

    Weeks before Santa’s Village opened to the public, Chatfield Farms staff were hard at work preparing the festive fun.

    There were lights to hang; small buildings on Elf Boulevard to embellish; and holiday decorations to put up. Behind the scenes, the work is plentiful, and it begins long before the holiday season. In fact, the first part of the puzzle starts back in the spring when Denver Botanic Gardens staff decides on a color scheme and a plan for the holiday lights.

  • County commissioners approve $586.4 million budget

    Last week, the Jeffco commissioners approved a $586.4 million budget that looks largely the same as it did about a month ago when it was first presented publicly.

    Salaries and benefits continue to be the primary expense for the county. At $268.5 million, the category marks a 4 percent increase from last year. Furthermore, this amount has gone up since the first public hearing on Oct. 16 due to final adjustments to the total personnel cost calculation and other minor revisions.

  • Community members prepare baskets for families in need

    Nearly 30 years ago, a group of people met in Jim Cronin’s family room and assembled baskets full of Thanksgiving food for 12 families.

    Since that day, the project has taken on a life of its own. Each year, more and more people gather to pack more and more baskets. After the first year, they moved to Cronin’s front lawn. And this year, hundreds gathered at Abiding Hope Church in South Jeffco to pack some 1,200 baskets with nearly $50,000 worth of food, including discounted items from Walmart and tons of donated potatoes from Hi-Land Potato Co. in Monte Vista.

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  • Underdog Chatfield showed it deserved to be at state

    DENVER — Cornered away in a hallway just off the court at the Denver Coliseum, Chatfield players and coaches laughed and cried. But more than that, the Chargers reminisced Friday night about the 2018 season.

    Chatfield, the No. 9 seed in this year’s 5A state volleyball tournament, had just been eliminated in the double-elimination field by No. 4 Windsor in four sets — 27-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-22. But the grit and fire the Chargers showed, both in this tournament and all season long, confirmed that they belonged here.

  • Yanda, Chatfield surprise Broomfield

    BROOMFIELD — It was Sunday morning — six days before the 13th-seeded Chatfield Chargers opened the 4A state football playoffs at No. 4 Broomfield — when Zach Yanda texted head football coach Bret McGatlin.

    “He said, ‘Coach, I just want you to know that this is my senior year; put me in on defense,’ “ McGatlin said.

    Say what?

  • DeArment masterful in Rebels rout

    By Dennis Pleuss

    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — Columbine senior Logan DeArment might’ve been a master magician in a past life.

    The one sure thing about the Rebels’ starting quarterback, he has mastered the art of the ball fake. DeArment had a pair of first-half touchdown runs Friday night at Jeffco Stadium where he hid the football on his back hip and strolled into the end zone untouched.

  • Early deficit too much for Dakota Ridge to rally from

    By Andrew Kiser

    MONTROSE — The Montrose-Dakota Ridge football game came to a boiling point in the fourth quarter of Friday’s MHS 26-14 4A first-round state playoff win.

    Indians quarterback Keagan Goodwin, in his first postseason game, took a shot from an Eagles defender, following an apparent 70-plus yard touchdown run from Chris Eckerman — the play was called back for an illegal shift.

    Although the play didn’t count, the hit Goodwin took was very real. It also forced him to leave the game, with his team leading by 12 points.

  • Journalist, author trades Denver for love and the big city

    On the morning of Nov. 6, ESPN’s Adam Schefter got up early to fly into Denver for his book signing in Littleton later that night. Ever the social media enthusiast — something he’s earned a reputation for in the sports media world — he checked Instagram and was drawn to a quote:

    “Your new life is going to cost you your old one.”

    To Schefter, the statement hit home as he made his way to a place he once called home. From 1990 to the mid 2000s, he wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and then the Denver Post.

  • Just a guy? No, he’s a hero

    Ron Woitalewicz doesn’t consider himself a hero, but the Jeffco Schools Foundation sure does.

    Earlier this week, the Dakota Ridge High School head football coach — affectionately known by most as “Woj” — was among the teachers and students honored at the annual Jeffco Hero Awards ceremony. According to the foundation, the students and teachers that win must exemplify character, leadership and strength.