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Today's News

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • Becoming American

    Thirty-seven immigrants from across the world stood in the Littleton City Council chambers, surrounded by their friends and families. They raised their right hands and pledged loyalty to their new country. 

    When the ceremony ended Sept. 17, the 37 immigrants had been replaced with 37 U.S. citizens.

    The story of America is the story of the immigrants who come here to start a new life, saying goodbye to homes and past lives in the ultimate gamble on a new beginning. 

  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.

  • Wild blue yonder: Balloon club takes flight at Chatfield State Park

    On a day when the skies are clear and the winds calm, a small, tight-knit community descends on an empty field in Chatfield State Park and ascends to new heights. 

    In the early-morning light on Sept. 20, members of the Colorado Balloon Club unloaded their equipment, unfurled their balloons and attached their baskets. Soon, those left on the ground watched as the balloons and their passengers slowly floated away. 

  • Moody Lujan plows through Farmers

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon would give Jeremy Lujan a thumbs-up. All last week, the Dakota Ridge junior running back played the role of Grumpy Young Man (OK, technically, teenager) to perfection. He even kept head coach Ron Woitalewicz, who termed Lujan’s mood as “grumpy,’’ in suspense.

  • Jeffco board member stands by her request for curriculum review

    School board member Julie Williams continues to stand by her request for a controversial curriculum review committee despite countywide walkouts and demonstrations by Jeffco students.

    “To be accused of censorship? Seriously? That is just ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday morning. “I am advocating for just the opposite.”

  • Student protests continue Wednesday, include Chatfield, Dakota Ridge

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • Littleton pledges to consult all taxing entities on urban renewal

    The Littleton City Council has pledged to consult all involved taxing entities on the use of tax-increment financing for urban renewal.

    The resolution, approved on a 7-0 vote Sept. 16,  means all affected taxing entities, including Littleton Public Schools, South Suburban Park and Recreation and Arapahoe County, will be included in conversations about redevelopment using tax-increment financing. 

  • A sign of the (political) times

    The county commissioners want to deliver some clear signs to Jeffco residents on signage — specifically, what signs are allowed and what ones violate zoning rules.

    With another campaign season in full spin, the Planning and Zoning Department has clarified its signage policies. The county recently has issued more than a few zoning violations for improperly placed or non-conforming signs, especially those of the political variety. The county commissioners heard a staff briefing on the matter Sept. 9.