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Today's News

  • South Jeffco teacher continues efforts at school in Kenyan village

    Five years after a humble beginning with five students and a chicken coop for a classroom, a South Jeffco teacher has helped establish a school in Kenya that 122 youngsters now attend.

    Julie Donohue Manuel, a first-grade teacher at Shaffer Elementary School, has worked at the school during her summer break for the past five years. She also has raised funds for the school and other projects benefiting the Maasai community in Kenya.

    “What we do every year is basic,” Julie told the Pathfinders in Evergreen on July 22.

  • Teachers, district to resume contract talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union will head back to the bargaining table this week after a disagreement over the contract’s length stalled bargaining for more than three weeks.

    Representatives of the two sides, which are more than five months into negotiating a new contract, walked out of the last bargaining session July 15 without agreeing on the length of the contract. The Jefferson County Education Association wants a three-year contract guaranteed for teachers, while Jeffco Public Schools wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

  • Pot dispensary will open on Jeffco’s border

    A new marijuana dispensary is set to open in a portion of Denver that is surrounded by unincorporated Jefferson County, where pot sales are prohibited.

    Native Roots, which will offer medical and recreational sales, is scheduled to open by late August in a shopping center at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Quincy Avenue. While much of the surrounding area is in Jeffco, the shopping center was annexed into Denver in the early 1970s.

  • Jeffco students outperform Colorado average on tests

    Four grades of Jeffco Public Schools students outperformed the state average on social studies and science exams this spring but showed a drop in performance from last year in several categories.

    The Colorado Department of Education on July 16 released test performance and participation figures for several categories of Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing from the past school year: fourth- and seventh-grade social studies, and fifth- and eighth-grade science.

    Results

  • Littleton set to say ‘howdy’ for 10 straight days

    Littleton is set to roll out the welcome mat for 10 consecutive days starting Friday when Western Welcome Week kicks off its first day of events.

    The celebration of all things Littleton features events throughout the city that give families a chance to have fun and reconnect with friends. Highlights include a barbecue and fireworks show at Sterne Park this Friday and the Western Welcome Week Grand Parade on Aug. 15.

  • Denver woman pleads guilty in accident that killed Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Renfro

    The 23-year-old woman whose car struck and killed Conifer resident and Jeffco sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Renfro in January on U.S. 285 has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts, including careless driving resulting in death.

    Denver resident Blair Gledhill, who was 22 at the time of the accident, was driving south on an icy U.S. 285 near Windy Point on Jan. 3 when her car went out of control. According to reports, her car crossed the median, hitting Renfro and two other people.

  • Columbine grad making film about aftermath of shootings

    A Columbine High School graduate is making a documentary about how the shootings on April 20, 1999, have affected the adult lives of her classmates.

    Filmmaker Laura Farber was a freshman when two student gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher. Farber, who now lives in Minneapolis, hopes her film, “We are Columbine,” will change public perception of the school, as well as show how the horrific event affects the lives of former students today.

  • Commissioners set to allow marijuana-testing businesses

    Two years after placing a moratorium on all businesses related to retail marijuana, Jeffco’s county commissioners are set to allow testing of the drug.

    But a ban will remain in place on grow operations and retail sales outlets of pot in areas of the county outside municipalities.

    The commissioners gave initial approval July 21 to an ordinance that would allow marijuana plants and marijuana-infused products to be tested in laboratory settings. The board is set to officially vote on the measure during a yet-unscheduled public hearing.

  • City, South Suburban agree on Reynolds Landing improvements

    The Littleton City Council and South Suburban Parks and Recreation have approved a master plan for Reynolds Landing Park, which sits next to the Aspen Grove shopping center and the new Breckenridge Brewery. 

    Approved during a joint session of the council and South Suburban’s board on July 21, the plan includes improvements and expansion of trails, upgrades to restroom facilities and the Carson Nature Center, added amenities such as a playground, and improvements to the river. 

  • School board recall organizers reach signature-collection goal

    The group trying to recall Jeffco’s three conservative school board members has collected the signatures it needs to move forward with a recall election, a spokeswoman said.

    Jeffco United for Action over the weekend stopped gathering signatures to recall John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams, according to spokeswoman Lynea Hansen. The group announced Tuesday afternoon that it had collected more than 110,000 signatures.