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Today's News

  • A life of loyalty

    George Lockwood has lived a life of loyalty — to his country, the Air Force and his family.

    Lockwood, 94, is a World War II veteran who frequents the Seniors’ Resource Center in Evergreen twice a week, and he recently talked about his time in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic on Guam, his life since the war and his family.

    “If there was another world war, I’d do the same thing: Go back in the Air Force,” he said while sitting in a meeting room at the SRC.

  • Honoring those battling cancer

    As the last beams of evening sun drifted behind the Front Range, people from across South Jeffco walked around the track at Chatfield Senior High School, casting shadows in the grass.

    Their walk last Saturday was a part of Relay for Life, the signature fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, and it was a symbolic one. Participants take turns walking throughout the night without sleeping to signify the sleeplessness of cancer.

  • Jeffco finalizes Glass hiring

    Jeffco Public Schools has hired Jason Glass as its next superintendent.

    After a unanimous vote Tuesday evening that approved both Glass’ hiring and a three-year contract, the school board said it felt it picked the right candidate for the job and was satisfied with the process by which Glass was selected and ultimately hired.

  • Jeffco Schools finalizes budget recommendations

    Jeffco Public Schools is making the final adjustments to its proposed budget for the 2017-18 academic year after receiving final recommendations from the Jeffco school board May 4.

    The proposed $951 million budget accommodates $24.7 million in district-wide compensation increases; a 0.5 percent increase to required Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) contributions; and an $80,000 boost to the base superintendent salary.

  • School district approves agreements with employee unions

    Jeffco Public Schools has reached and approved a contract agreement with its teachers union after several months of negotiations.

  • DeGette addresses health care and more in South Jeffco

    In a country that seems more divided than ever, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette says it’s important to remember there is more bipartisan common ground than some would think.

    “We have a two-party system,” she said. “You can have those disagreements without being disagreeable. I always try to keep civility when I disagree with people.”

  • Inter-Canyon considering cancer program

    Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District is considering participation in a newly established program that provides financial awards to firefighters diagnosed with one of five types of cancer — brain, skin, digestive, hematological or genitourinary.

  • Chatfield alum continuing humanitarian efforts

    When Kristin Cover returned from volunteering in Uganda last summer, she knew she would return.

    “It was going to be hard for me not go back,” she said. “The kids there … they were just so welcoming and so loving. They just welcomed us (and) acted like we had been friends our whole lives.”

  • Dakota Ridge High teacher under investigation for throwing a chair

    A teacher at Dakota Ridge High School is facing disciplinary action after throwing a chair in frustration during a study hall class.

    “No students were injured, but the incident was quite alarming,” said Jim Jelinek, principal at Dakota Ridge, in a letter sent home to parents. “This sort of behavior by a teacher is unacceptable. (The teacher) is facing disciplinary action and will be apologizing to the class (Thursday).”

  • Under the sea

    Mortensen Elementary School ventured under the sea last week during its drama club’s production of “The Little Mermaid.”

    The Disney musical tells the familiar tale of a young mermaid named Ariel, who falls in love with a human prince and longs to live on land. She then acquires a pair of legs against her father’s will in a deal with Ursula, an evil sea witch.