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  • County commission candidates debate pot sales, economic development, planning issues

    The three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners debated topics ranging from economic and property development to marijuana sales and county employee retention during a forum last Thursday evening. 

    The debate, co-sponsored by Evergreen Newspapers, drew a packed house to the Evergreen Fire/Rescue auditorium to listen to incumbent Republican Don Rosier, Democratic challenger John Flerlage and independent candidate Greg Standley.

  • School district approves amended version of curriculum review plan

    On a 3-2 vote on Oct. 2, the Jeffco school board approved an amended version of a plan to review the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum.

    A new committee will not be formed, but changes to the district’s two existing curriculum review committees were approved. The two committees will add community members and students to help in the curriculum review process.
    The two existing committees will report directly to the board. Before last Thursday night’s decision, the existing curriculum review committees had reported only to district administration.

  • Commissioners pondering pot task force suggestions

    The county commissioners have four months to decide whether to allow marijuana sales, grow operations and manufacturing in unincorporated Jeffco, after a divided task force recently recommended that the county just say no.

    The county’s current moratorium on retail marijuana sales expires Feb. 1, and the commissioners apparently have several issues still to ponder despite the two reports recently provided by their pot task force.

  • Susan Klebold signs book deal

    Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine High School gunman Dylan Klebold, is set to write a book dealing with her family’s struggle to come to terms with the horrific events of April 20, 1999. 

    The Crown Publishing Group, a branch of Penguin Random House, announced the deal Sept. 23. 

  • Two South Jeffco flood-control projects are funded

    Two projects involving flood control and stormwater detention in South Jeffco will get underway a year ahead of schedule with funds from a postponed project. 

    The county’s Development and Transportation Department will shift funds to make improvements at Beer Sisters Lake Reservoir north of Bowles Avenue and east of Simms Street, and in the Massey Draw on the Deer Creek Golf Course. The funding came from a project at Mount Olivet Reservoir that’s been delayed by an easement issue. 

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • Student protests continue Wednesday, include Chatfield, Dakota Ridge

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • Littleton pledges to consult all taxing entities on urban renewal

    The Littleton City Council has pledged to consult all involved taxing entities on the use of tax-increment financing for urban renewal.

    The resolution, approved on a 7-0 vote Sept. 16,  means all affected taxing entities, including Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban Park and Recreation and Arapahoe County, will be included in conversations about redevelopment using tax-increment financing. 

  • Jeffco board member stands by her request for curriculum review

    School board member Julie Williams continues to stand by her request for a controversial curriculum review committee despite countywide walkouts and demonstrations by Jeffco students.

    “To be accused of censorship? Seriously? That is just ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday morning. “I am advocating for just the opposite.”

  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.