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  • Jeffco schools land $33 million grant to boost teacher pay

     

    Jeffco Public Schools has won a $32.8 million federal grant to pilot a potentially lucrative performance-based compensation system for teachers at 20 low-income elementary and middle schools, the district announced last week.

    Though none of the selected schools are in South Jeffco, three schools, including Lakewood’s O’Connell Middle School, have already been chosen. Requirements for the grant specified that at least 50 percent of students in each school be eligible for free or reduced-cost lunches.

  • Firefighters extinguish blaze in home's attic

    A fire apparently sparked by an attic fan broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a South Jeffco home on the 10000 block of West Fair Avenue. West Metro Fire responded with more than two dozen firefighters, extinguishing the blaze within less than 30 minutes.

    “It looked like an electric attic fan shorted out,” said Assistant Chief Keith Schneider. “We had five rigs come over and 25 firefighters … it took about 25 minutes to pull apart all the smoldering debris in the attic.”

  • Foundation holds cleanup event at Columbine Memorial

     

    Marking the two-year anniversary of the Columbine Memorial’s dedication, about 30 locals donned gardening gloves Sept. 25, pulling weeds, removing trash, planting flower bulbs and generally tidying up the locally revered park.

    Though the Columbine Memorial Foundation holds such cleanup events a few times every year, additional help is needed to maintain the site’s appearance, said the group’s president, Kirsten Kreiling, who made a plea for more community involvement.

  • Rock of Southwest set to begin controversial addition

     

    A South Jeffco church is poised to break ground this week on a contentious 13,000-square-foot, two-story expansion that will include classrooms and a large gymnasium. The Rock of Southwest Baptist Church is waiting for necessary permits before starting construction on the new building, which will be linked to the existing 27,000-square-foot church via a small passage.

    Residents have raised concerns about the potential for increased traffic, particularly in light of the facility’s proximity to neighboring Westridge Elementary School.

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    He walks the line — sort of

  • Plans to extend road in Golden run into opposition

     

    Dozens of Golden residents voiced vehement opposition at a Jeffco public hearing Sept. 28 to a plan that will extend a residential street leading to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and acquire six privately held properties through eminent domain.

    Grievances over extending Moss Street north of South Golden Road ranged from concern about landowners being forced to vacate property to worries about the new section of road’s impact on wildlife.

  • Fleeing robbery suspects lead to lockdown at 5 Jeffco schools

    Two armed-robbery suspects remained at large Thursday following a multi-jurisdiction pursuit through Golden that led to a handful of Jeffco schools being placed on lockdown. One suspect was arrested in a Colorado Mills King Soopers, apparently as he was exiting a bathroom.

    The five schools on lockdown were Bell Middle School, Pleasantview Elementary, Golden High School, Connections Learning Center and Free Horizon Montessori. The lockdown was lifted about 2:30 p.m., said school district spokeswoman Lynn Setzer.

  • Calendar of Events

    We’d like to know about interesting events or activities. E-mail items of 125 words or less to news@evergreenco.com.

    SATURDAY

    A Walk to Remember foundation memorial walk

    A Walk to Remember Foundation will hold a memorial walk and event at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Clement Park in Littleton to support those grieving infant loss. There will be speakers, readings, music and a 1.4 mile walk around Johnson Reservoir. For more information, visit www.walktoremember.org.

    Ken-Caryl Ranch Fall Arts and Crafts Fair

  • Budget cuts force Columbine library to close Mondays

     

    All Jeffco libraries normally open seven days a week, including the Columbine Public Library, will be closed on Mondays beginning in 2011 as administrators try to reduce the operating budget by about $3 million over the next two years.

    Library officials are forced to cut the budget because of increased employee benefit costs, lower county tax revenues and an expected 7 percent reduction in assessed property values beginning in 2012.

  • 1830s Rendezvous planned at The Fort

     

    The Tesoro Cultural Center’s 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Market is a celebration of sights, sounds and aromas, and this year’s event will give Boy and Girl Scouts a special peek at Colorado history.

    The rendezvous will be held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 26. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and children under 12 are admitted free.