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  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Connie Wilson

      Teacher Connie Wilson knows there’s more than one way to teach math.

    “As a child, I was dyslexic. I’m still dyslexic,” she said. “I struggled with it as a child.”

    Through her difficulty in learning to read, Wilson discovered the power of approaching a subject with different strategies. The Ken Caryl Middle School teacher didn’t learn the same way most children did, and she doesn’t expect her seventh-grade students to either.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Jaye Shomaker

      Life can take people in unexpected directions. Jaye Shomaker knows this well.

    “I was actually a hairdresser,” said the seventh-grade science teacher at Ken Caryl Middle School.

    Prior to venturing into the classroom, Shomaker cut and styled hair — often for teachers.

    “I just became interested in just hearing their stories,” she said.

  • Hartman to serve as county board chair

      County Commissioner Kathy Hartman was elected Tuesday to chair the Board of County Commissioners.

    Commissioner Faye Griffin voted last Tuesday in favor of Hartman, who served in the position prior to former board chair Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    “Being chairman means you spend an extra 30 minutes signing documents, and you still only have one vote,” Hartman said. “I have plenty to do already, but I think it’s better for staff.”

  • Ken Caryl Middle School to remain open

    Ken Caryl Middle School apparently will remain open.

    The Jeffco school board gathered for a special meeting Jan. 9 and ultimately decided that closing the school is not a viable option, despite a recommendation from a district committee to shutter the school and send its students to Deer Creek Middle School.

    “That wasn’t a solution anymore,” board member Paula Noonan said of the informal vote to remove the option from consideration.

  • County to survey residents on services

      Jefferson County is spending $24,700 for a resident-survey project that is anticipated to gather about 1,000 responses.

    Beginning this month, 3,000 surveys will be sent to randomly selected homes in the county. Questions are designed to ascertain which county services residents value most and which they value least.

  • Local Scout makes holiday brighter for Marines

      Chatfield High School sophomore David Kozak moved a step closer to becoming an Eagle Scout over the holiday season.

    Kozak, 15, organized a project that delivered holiday stockings to 457 Marines stationed in Afghanistan.

    “I wanted to do something to help the military,” he said. Part of his path to the high Scouting rank involved managing a service project.

  • More trees to come down at Chatfield

      A stretch of trees in Chatfield State Park’s popular dog park along the South Platte River is doomed.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be felling Russian olives and other trees on the south side of the river as soon as weather permits to decrease the flood risk in the area.

    But at least one South Jeffco resident is not happy about the impending removal.

  • Jeffco sheriff investigating alleged nudity at Mr. Biggs

      The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is filing charges against the owner of Mr. Biggs following an incident allegedly involving nudity during a recent fashion show at the business.

    Four deputies were performing a routine walk-through Dec. 18 when they discovered about 45 women, some topless and having their bodies painted, behind a curtained-off area at the South Jeffco entertainment center, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Shires.

  • 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.