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Today's News

  • Columbine girls show strength at Jeffco tourney

    BROOMFIELD — A little frost delay wasn’t going to hold back the Columbine girls golf team.
    Following a strong performance from the Rebels’ top four golfers at the Broadlands Golf Course on April 4, the team finished second overall at the Jeffco League tournament with 375 collective strokes, 33 behind first-place Ralston Valley.
    The event, which hosted 18 teams between 4A and 5A, saw other great performances from Chatfield (fourth, 305), Dakota Ridge (sixth, 459) and D’Evelyn (sixth in 4A, 453).

  • Newspapers under attack from all directions

    It was in the early 1980s — I was a mere child — when I first started thumbing through the daily newspaper. I immediately flipped to the sports pages and then usually the comics or vice-versa.
    I walked to the nearby 7-Eleven weekly and brought neighboring papers — the Washington Post or the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, to name a few — just so I could thumb through their coverage and clip out advertisements to save for my own personal collection.

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  • Students target gun reform with voter registration push

    Last month, hundreds of Jeffco students walked out of their classrooms in hopes of sending a message to lawmakers about gun violence in schools. Ten days later, they joined millions across the country in “March for Our Lives” demonstrations on March 24 that, again, were aimed at sending a message to politicians. Now the kids are sending another message to legislators: Do something about gun reform or we’ll vote you out of office.

  • New pediatric therapy facility opening

    Brenda Harkness knew something was off with her 7-year-old son’s speech, but she didn’t know how to move forward and address the issue.

    That’s where Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates came in. Harkness took her son, Dylan, now 8, for evaluation at the Centennial-based therapy center. Dylan had trouble making “s” and “th” sounds, but after a year of working with a speech therapist, he has made significant strides. In addition to improving his speech, therapy helped Dylan excel in spelling and reading, Harkness said.

  • Chatfield celebrates Unity Week

    What began last year as a one-day event at Chatfield Senior High School has morphed into a week-long celebration of diversity, inclusion and coexistence, and it’s a tradition organizer Aaron Abai hopes will continue long after his graduation in May.

  • O’Connor pleads not guilty in 285 crash

    The man accused of causing an Aug. 28 crash that killed a 53-year-old motorcyclist pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning and will return to court in September for a two-day jury trial.

    Ian Fitzgerald O’Connor, 32, is charged with leaving the scene with death, vehicular homicide and reckless vehicular homicide, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and several traffic infractions, including reckless driving, no proof of insurance, fictitious plates and more.

  • Lighting a spark: Chatfield Farms offers fun for those with memory loss

    June Reid held up a potted spearmint plant, relishing in its minty fresh scent.

    “Oh, I like that,” June said with glee. “I’d like to take that home.”

    On April 3, the 97-year-old Centennial resident was one of about eight participating in the Spark program at South Jeffco’s Chatfield Farms. The program is part of a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Association and the Denver Botanic Gardens that offers sensory-friendly, garden-related activities for people with mild memory loss.

  • Participating Jeffco agencies consolidate dispatch

    After seven years of conversation, including five years of planning, law enforcement agencies and fire departments across Jeffco are now officially dispatching through one consolidated dispatch center — Jeffcom 911 — housed at West Metro Fire Rescue.

    The final participating agencies went live last week, including Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District and other mountain fire districts.

    Formally called the Jefferson County Communications Center Authority, the center provides services to eight member agencies and supports an additional 14.

  • Renovating Jeffco schools would cost $647 million

    The Jeffco School Board has discussed using a bond issue on the November ballot to raise $647 million that experts said would be needed to make Jeffco schools more efficient, more equal and safer.

    The board has made no decision on whether to put a bond issue on the ballot, which would need to be done before late August, but board members asked for further information to take to upcoming community meetings.