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  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • A lock for solidarity: Students cut their hair for a cause

    Laurie Lawless sat clutching a ponytail of her recently cut hair in her hand, her shock palpable to the 1,500 or so onlookers who filled the Dakota Ridge High School gymnasium.

    The Dakota Ridge mathematics teacher had not had a haircut in nine years — since the school held its very first Shave for the Cure event.

  • Foothills looking to sell 3-acre plot for development

    Representatives of the Foothills Park & Recreation District met with Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday to discuss options to sell two parcels of land in South Jeffco for development.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Jeffco holding sixth annual holiday bazaar

    Jeffco government announced it is hosting its annual holiday bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the courthouse in Golden.

    Now in its sixth year, the bazaar was created to provide Jefferson County employees an opportunity to sell their handmade gifts to the public ahead of the holidays, said Julie Story, the county’s digital marketing manager. A variety of gifts will be for sale, including festive handmade crafts, baked goods, cards, jewelry, woodworking and even name-brand goods.

  • Residents still can participate in the county’s Giving Tree

    Gift tags featuring holiday wishes are still hanging on Jeffco’s holiday Giving Tree, which means there’s time for residents to purchase a gift for a local child in need.

    The Giving Tree has been standing since mid-November in the atrium of the Jeffco courthouse. The tree was originally decorated with about 300 tags featuring gift wishes from local Jeffco children.

  • Foothills pottery students ready for holiday sale

    This weekend, the Foothills Park & Recreation District is hosting one of its marquee events aimed at not only providing the community with an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays, but also giving budding artists a chance to sell their wares.

  • Gobble Wobble packs Clement Park for Thanksgiving Day race

    On a windy Thursday morning, some 1,500 people gathered at Clement Park for the seventh annual Gobble Wobble 5K race.

    Dressed in pumpkin-pie hats, turkey costumes and layers to keep warm, racers flocked to the park, hoping to burn a few calories before indulging in Thanksgiving dinner.

    Since its inception in 2010, the Gobble Wobble has grown quite a bit.

  • Forging stable bonds

    On a scenic parcel nestled at the base of the foothills at the edge of Chatfield State Park, healing is happening.

    Happy Dog Ranch began as a sanctuary for unwanted horses. And that is still very much part of the mission. With 53 grassy acres to roam, Happy Dog is a place where horses thrive.

    In addition to the 40-horse herd, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and a steer all call Happy Dog Ranch home, and the animals provide a unique learning tool for those who enter the gates.

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious