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Local News

  • School board candidate forums

    • Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wheat Ridge: City Council Chambers, Wheat Ridge United Neighborhoods

    • Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m., Golden: Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Ave., JUC Social Responsibility Council

    • Oct. 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Lakewood: Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W.20th Ave., Jeffco League of Women Voters

    • Oct. 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Littleton: Columbine Library, 7706 W. Bowles Ave., League of Women Voters

  • Sheriff's Calls

    He wasn’t genuflecting on purpose

  • Local shop amped about new electric motorcycle models

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A local motorcycle dealership is first in the state to carry a new line of electric hogs — street-legal bikes that don’t sip a drop of gasoline.

    Beginning last week, Littleton’s Grand Prix Motorsports began selling a small stock of Zero Motorcycles, plug-in two-wheelers that can reach speeds of 70 mph and travel up to 35 miles on a single charge.

  • Citizens Budget Academy trains volunteers to help balance school district budget

    Jeffco Public Schools’ Citizens Budget Academy teaches volunteers the ABC’s of running the largest school district in Colorado.

    The academy is a series of six classes that started in early September, taught by district leadership. About 75 citizens learn about every aspect of the district in the hope that they can come up with viable solutions to budget problems. Their feedback will help structure Jeffco Public Schools’ 2012-13 and 2013-14 budgets.

  • Elite hockey academy proposed for Foothills land

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    An elite hockey academy for high school athletes could open in South Jeffco as early as 2013, and programs for soccer and lacrosse could follow.

  • Schools’ new pay structure will be tied to student performance

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    A Jeffco Public Schools panel is working to draft a new compensation plan for teachers, and the Board of Education instructed it on Sept. 15 to initially dream big and spare no expense.

    A new pay-for-performance compensation structure will eventually need to be implemented to make the district compliant with Senate Bill 191, legislation passed last year that ties teacher evaluations to student performance.

  • Library’s search for new exec director stalls

    By Emile Hallez

    Staff Writer

    The top candidate for the executive director position at the Jefferson County Public Library declined an offer last week, leading the board of trustees to extend interim director Pam Nissler’s term.

    Several of the trustees gave widely varying accounts of the hiring process, leaving no clear answer about whether the board extended an official job offer to Cynthia Kolaczynski, deputy director of the Maricopa Public Library District.

  • 10 years later, pain and remembrance

    Whether they were in Colorado or New York on Sept. 11, 2001, people came to Red Rocks on Sunday to walk the stairs and remember the first-responders, friends and family who died on that tragic day.

    Approximately 3,000 firefighters and community members from 22 states participated in the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. People climbed the amphitheater’s stairs nine times to commemorate the 110 flights that New York City firefighters climbed to try to save the occupants of the World Trade Center.

  • Jeffco Human Services ordered to repay block-grant funds

    The federal government required Jefferson County Human Services to pay back nearly $100,000 in stimulus money earlier this year, after an audit revealed 33 job-training recipients were ineligible to receive funds in 2009.

    The funds were disbursed to Jeffco’s workforce development program under a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Some county employees apparently misunderstood the grant’s guidelines and awarded paid internships to applicants whose income was up to twice as high as the maximum amount allowed.

  • A family of Eagles

    The dotted lines dividing the 1.4-mile path around Johnson Reservoir in Clement Park have been repainted three times since 1996, thanks to the Osieczanek family’s Eagle Scout progeny.

    Since Kevin and Cindy Osieczanek’s son Aric started Cub Scouts in 1989, the proud parents have since seen graduations of all five of their sons — and even a son-in-law — as Eagle Scouts.