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  • McMinimee hired as charter system superintendent

    Former Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee has been hired as the new superintendent of New America School-Colorado, a network of public charter high schools that serve academically underprivileged students, including English language learners and new immigrants.

    Announced to NAS staff Tuesday morning, McMinimee will replace the organization’s longtime superintendent Dominic DiFelice, who is retiring from the role after 11 years.

  • District accountability committee members divided on teacher wage boost

    Jeffco Public Schools’ plan to put up to $25 million in its budget next year for employee compensation boosts has drawn ire from three District Accountability Committee members, who believe the school district is being financially irresponsible.

    However, the majority of the committee supports the proposal, DAC chair Deb Guiducci told the school board March 23.

  • Military workshop provided glimpse at post-school options

    It’s not often that soon-to-be high school graduates have the opportunity to experience a workshop dedicated solely to the military and protective services.

    But recently Columbine High School provided just that to Jeffco students and their families when the school partnered with Generation Schools Network, representatives from each branch of the military and members of local protective service education programs.

  • Military workshop provided glimpse at post-school options

    It’s not often that soon-to-be high school graduates have the opportunity to experience a workshop dedicated solely to the military and protective services.

    But recently Columbine High School provided just that to Jeffco students and their families when the school partnered with Generation Schools Network, representatives from each branch of the military and members of local protective service education programs.

  • Morrison police officer, son recognized for spotting fire

    When Josh Hunter’s 4-year-old son said he saw smoke in the distance on a chilly morning in early December, the Morrison police officer shrugged it off. That’s because, typically, the “smoke” turns out to be steam coming from pipes on cold mornings.

    But Derek Hunter insisted.

    As Josh glanced over his shoulder, expecting to confirm his initial thoughts, he realized his son was right.

  • New car wash hopes to bring a different experience

    Chad Roach and Aaron Voorhees might own a car wash, but they like to say they’re in the people industry instead.

    “We just happen to wash people’s cars,” Roach said.

    Their latest venture, Living Water Car Wash, opened Monday in South Jeffco. It is a project nearly three years in the making.

  • Fire ban eased; stage-1 restrictions now in place

     The Jefferson County Sheriff has rescinded the temporary stage-2 fire ban and reinstated stage-1 fire restrictions for Jefferson County.

    While recent and forecasted weather helps reduce the risk of wildland fires, conditions still dictate the need for continued fire restrictions and caution, particularly with any outdoor cooking and campfires as permissible under stage 1, according to a release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    The following activities are prohibited under stage-1 fire restrictions:

  • Peril at the pumps: Gas station skimmers on the rise in South Jeffco

    With reports of skimmers at South Jeffco gas stations on the rise, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is warning people to be alert at the pump.

     “(A skimmer is) a device that criminals put on card readers from the inside that collects the credit card information,” said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s office. “Then they use that information to clone the credit cards.”

  • Morrison set to phase trail project

    The town of Morrison is moving forward with plans to build a trail down Highway 8 despite being denied a grant for the project by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    Though the $190,000 project was budgeted for this year, Town Administrator Kara Winters said it’s unlikely to be completed in its entirety this year without the help of the grant money. Instead, she says the town will complete the project in phases.

    Winters and the town board hope the trail will one day provide a safer pathway through the town.

  • South Jeffco lawmaker’s free speech bill passes

    A South Jeffco lawmaker hopes a recently passed bill will better protect students’ right to freedom of speech on public college campuses.

    The bill, which officially passed on March 22, prohibits free speech zones at public institutions of higher education. It also stops a public university from limiting or restricting student expression in a student forum.