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  • Jeffco school board endorses group’s goal to scrap PARCC exam

    The Jeffco school board agreed last Thursday to support some controversial resolutions by the Colorado Association of School Boards, including one in favor of scrapping the PARCC student-assessment exam.

    At a study session, school board members discussed 18 proposed resolutions that will affect CASB’s advocacy agenda during the 2017 legislative session. Another resolution that spurred controversy would advocate repeal of the state law that holds school districts liable in any school shooting or act of violence.

    Division over PARCC exam

  • 12-acre grass fire at 285 and Simms contained

    A grass fire broke out about 2 p.m. Tuesday near the ramp at Simms Street and U.S. 285 but was quickly contained by West Metro firefighters.

    The blaze closed the southbound lanes of the highway temporarily, but both lanes were reported by CDOT to have reopened at 3:40 p.m.

    A tweet from West Metro Fire Rescue said the blaze spanned about 12 acres, and that investigators are on the scene to determine the cause.

  • Commissioners OK raising of ducks in change to urban-agriculture zoning

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Sept. 13 unanimously approved a zoning change allowing residents to raise ducks on certain residential properties.

    In 2013, during the urban agriculture movement in the Denver area, Jefferson County adopted zoning regulations to allow the keeping of chickens and bees at certain single-family detached, two-family dwellings or duplex residential properties.  

  • Sun shines on Summerset

    Sunday’s blazing sunshine and warm temperatures provided the perfect sendoff to summer as people strolled through Clement Park during the 32nd annual Summerset Festival.

    Thousands made their way to Clement Park over the weekend to enjoy the music, games, animal- and children-oriented events, and other activities.

  • Standoff involving barricaded man ends in arrest

    A man who had been barricaded inside a condo on South Alkire Street was taken into custody Friday afternoon by the Jeffco sheriff's SWAT team after an hours-long standoff. 

    About 10:30 a.m. the Sheriff's Office received a call about a domestic situation in the 7300 block of South Alkire involving a man and woman outside of the residence. According to sheriff's spokeswoman Jenny Fulton, the caller said the situation became physical and the man forced the woman back inside. 

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Conifer, Columbine students place third in international competition

    A team of students from Columbine and Conifer high schools participated in the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals earlier this year after taking top honors at the Colorado state tournament in May.

  • Summerset Festival scheduled this weekend at Clement Park

    As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, South Jeffco residents and others can give summer an official farewell at the 32nd annual Summerset Festival this weekend in Clement Park.

    Event organizer Lora Knowlton said the three-day “goodbye to summer” is a free event, and takes over the majority of the park with everything from vendor booths to music to kids activities.

  • Assessment exams explored as possible graduation requirement

    Members of the class of 2021 could have some extra challenges to meet if they want to reach the finish line and graduate from Jeffco Public Schools — namely, the ability to pass a final assessment exam.

    At last week’s school board meeting, district staff presented a proposal to revise the district’s graduation goals, most of which are based on Jeffco’s “2020 Vision” plan and 2013 graduation requirements.

  • Jeffco deputies bid farewell to longest tenured undersheriff

    On Sept. 1, Jeffco Undersheriff Ray Fleer retired after 42 years in law enforcement, 37 of which were with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    During his career with Jeffco, Fleer was a member of the executive staff for five sheriffs and served as undersheriff for two. He is the longest serving undersheriff in the history of Jefferson County.

  • Custodian at two local schools arrested on suspicion of sending nude photos to student

    The Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday that a Jeffco Schools employee was arrested this week on suspicion of sending nude photos to an underage student.

    Jeffco investigators on Monday arrested Jacob David Deal, 21, on suspicion of Internet sexual exploitation of a child, a class 4 felony. Deal, a custodian at Dutch Creek Elementary and Ken Caryl Middle School, is accused of starting to communicate with two sixth-grade girls in the spring by leaving handwritten messages, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.