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  • Two gun store burglaries reported in two days

    About 30 handguns were stolen early Tuesday from a gun shop in a strip mall on West Bowles Avenue, and another gun store to the east in Littleton was burglarized the next day. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed burglars tripped a silent alarm at Colorado Gun Broker, 8966 W. Bowles Ave., at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies reportedly arrived within five minutes, but the perpetrators were gone.

    Techmeyer said the gun store's surveillance cameras weren't operating during the break-in, but other cameras in the strip mall were being checked.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

  • School district employees cite concerns with workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by some employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Gardening tips from a local expert

    As the fear of a late frost fades with each warmer day, gardeners are starting to fill their yards, patios and decks with colorful veggies and flowers.

    Staff horticulturist Betsy Kelson has been working at Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Garden in South Jeffco for 19 years. Referred to as the “expert,” Kelson has some gardening tips for those looking to get green this season.

    1. Know your last frost date

  • Man shot while fleeing deputies enters not guilty plea

    A suspect who locked himself in a South Jeffco store in December and then was shot while trying to flee from deputies has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including first-degree assault. 

    Michael Manaois was arraigned June 6. He pleaded innocent to first-degree assault, two counts of felony menacing, and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

  • Para-educator wins award

    Anne Bitsie, an instructional paraprofessional at Rooney Ranch Elementary School, has received the 2016 Colorado Educational Support Professional of the Year award from the Colorado Education Association.

    An employee at Rooney Ranch since 2007, Bitsie works with kindergartners and has three kids who all attended the school since 1999.

  • New leadership at local schools

    Next year, almost 30 schools in the Jeffco district will see new faces filling assistant-principal and principal positions. Nine of those roles are being filled by new hires, while the rest are school-based administrative transfers.

    Following is a list of new leaders at South Jeffco schools at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

    • Thomas Burns, principal at Falcon Bluffs Middle School

    • Susan Borzych, principal at Ute Meadows Elementary School

    • Sandy Burch, principal at Blue Heron Elementary School

  • School board OKs budget, contracts with unions

    The Jeffco school board on June 2 wrapped up two key priorities for the end of fiscal 2015-16: approval of agreements between Jeffco Public Schools and its two primary employee unions and approval of the district’s budget for fiscal 2016-17.

    In a unanimous vote last week, the board formally approved the ratified contract agreement between the district and the Jeffco Education Association. The five-year agreement includes $14.1 million in annual raises and $10.4 million for a one-time pay increase.

  • Community garage sale keeps treasures in circulation

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes.

    Someone buys an item, only to sell it. The next person uses it, and, eventually, sells it again.

    Take Littleton resident Linda Coughlin, who was selling antiques during Ken Caryl’s community garage sale on Friday. Coughlin had a large feather Mandala dream-catcher prominently displayed on the garage siding, hoping to sell it to someone as it had been sold to her.