Today's News

  • A lock for solidarity: Students cut their hair for a cause

    Laurie Lawless sat clutching a ponytail of her recently cut hair in her hand, her shock palpable to the 1,500 or so onlookers who filled the Dakota Ridge High School gymnasium.

    The Dakota Ridge mathematics teacher had not had a haircut in nine years — since the school held its very first Shave for the Cure event.

  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Trial set for principal facing domestic-violence charges

    A jury trial has been set for the D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School principal who in November was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

    Anthony Edwards, 36, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and domestic violence, according to DA’s spokeswoman Pam Russell.

    Edwards, who was placed on leave from his position at the school, returned after Thanksgiving break. The district has said the charges are unrelated to Edwards’ role at D’Evelyn.

  • Ex-police officer gets 15 years for ’net luring, attempted sex assault

    A one-time Denver police officer was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison after being found guilty of arranging a tryst at a South Jeffco Burger King with a DA’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old.

    Joseph Ellsworth, 60, of Colorado Springs was found guilty in October of internet luring of a child and attempted sexual assault on a child.

  • Foothills looking to sell 3-acre plot for development

    Representatives of the Foothills Park & Recreation District met with Jeffco’s county commissioners on Tuesday to discuss options to sell two parcels of land in South Jeffco for development.

  • Investigators say Green Mountain Fire was suspicious
  • Forging stable bonds

    On a scenic parcel nestled at the base of the foothills at the edge of Chatfield State Park, healing is happening.

    Happy Dog Ranch began as a sanctuary for unwanted horses. And that is still very much part of the mission. With 53 grassy acres to roam, Happy Dog is a place where horses thrive.

    In addition to the 40-horse herd, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and a steer all call Happy Dog Ranch home, and the animals provide a unique learning tool for those who enter the gates.

  • Students craft holiday gifts at Red Rocks Elementary

    Red Rocks Elementary School kicked off the holiday season over the weekend with its annual Gifts from the Heart event, when students make homemade gifts for their friends and family.

    It’s been a tradition at the school for about 10 years, and the school aims to make the gifts holiday-neutral so all can participate.

    Though there is a small fee for each craft, school secretary Kathleen Hanvey said the event is not meant to be a fund-raiser.

  • South Jeffco blood donor hits 75-gallon milestone

    Seventy-five gallons — that’s a lot of blood.

    But last Friday, Denny Dalpez, a South Jeffco blood donor at Bonfils Blood Center, was recognized for hitting the mark at the Golden center that he frequents. Though he generally donates twice month, it took some time for him to make it to 75 gallons — he’s been donating regularly for 23 years.

    It’s second nature for Dalpez.

    “I figure somebody needs my blood more than I do,” he said.