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  • Commissioners reject short-term vacation rentals

    The Jeffco commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday morning against allowing homeowners to rent their homes to vacationers and visitors on a short-term basis.

    The board quickly dispatched an issue that has been a hot subject at numerous meetings since September when the planning department first proposed the idea of changing the zoning regulations.

    Unlike the county commissioners, the planning commission voted 5-2 in favor of allowing short-term rentals, with conditions, at a meeting Dec. 9.

     

  • Looking back at 2009: As it turns 20, the Columbine Courier recalls the year's events in South Jeffco

      2009 was a year of anniversaries.

    Two decades ago a small newspaper opened its doors and became the main source of local news for an unincorporated part of Jefferson County that has come to be known simply as South Jeffco.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: David Lee

      Physical education teacher David Lee isn’t crazy about cubicles.

    “I couldn’t sit behind a desk and work,” said the third-year teacher at Ken Caryl Middle School.

    The burly coach is far more comfortable under the harsh glow of gymnasium lights.

    “We’re always in here shooting baskets and playing around after school,” Lee said as he tossed a football back and forth with a student.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Cathy DeLozier

      Cathy DeLozier relocated from Fayetteville, Ark., to be close to her father, who lives in Conifer.

    “We came to be close to him,” she said. DeLozier, who is in her second year as Ken Caryl Middle School’s band teacher, came to Colorado with her son, who attends the school.

    What she found at the school was another kind of family.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Joni Mattox

      Joni Mattox has something in common with the seventh- and eighth-graders in her classes. Like her young charges who are fond of navigating the vast social networks on Facebook, she embraces the information technology age.

    “Kids live in a technological world, and this is technology-based, which makes it fun for the teacher and the student,” said the Ken Caryl Middle School teacher, whose classes include computer science, computer applications and broadcasting. “I just love teaching.”

  • Lesson Plans

    The sixth-graders in Amy Thomas’ class at Normandy Elementary got a sort of dress rehearsal before their long-awaited graduation to middle school.

    Donned in crisp collared shirts and dresses, students sat anxiously Dec. 16 in groups of three to five at a table draped with red, white and blue paper. They faced a panel of judges, which included their principal, Liz Costello.

    One at a time they explained and defended the U.S. Constitution.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Rachel Barbe

      Editor’s note: The Jeffco Schools Facilities Usage Committee has recommended closing Ken Caryl Middle School to close a budget gap. The Courier will be profiling faculty members in the next several editions.  

    Language arts teacher Rachel Barbe wears many hats.

    A wall in Barbe’s classroom at Ken Caryl Middle School is filled with an array of unique head coverings, including a purple cowgirl hat and hippo ears, an artifact from her stint as a theater teacher.

  • Motorists can make I-70 safer with wildlife website

    A new website, www.I-70WildlifeWatch.org, has been launched by Colorado Wildlife on the Move, a coalition of businesses, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations working to decrease the incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado’s roads. The lets motorists report wildlife they see along Interstate 70 between Golden and Glenwood Springs.

  • Schell named permanent county administrator

    Former Jeffco Open Space director Ralph Schell was appointed Tuesday as the new county administrator in a permanent, full-time capacity.

    Schell was earlier appointed acting county administrator Dec. 10, the day after Commissioners Kevin McCasky, Faye Griffin and Kathy Hartman unanimously voted to terminate former administrator Jim Moore’s contract.

  • Foothills switches to district representation on board

      The Foothills Park & Recreation District board has divided the district into separate “director districts” or wards, a move designed to ensure equal representation for all areas.

    Five wards have been created, and one board members will be elected from each. The district hopes establishing wards will give residents more opportunity to provide input and prevent special interests from any one geographic area from holding a majority of representation.