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Today's News

  • McMinimee to be graded on academic, student goals

    The Jeffco school board agreed that Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s performance-based salary incentives should align with the board’s academic and student growth goals.

    “It’s important to me that a significant portion of (McMinimee’s bonus) focus on achieving the academic goals this board has set,” school board President Ken Witt said at last Thursday’s study session.

  • A roundup of South Jeffco election races

    With mail ballots now in the homes of South Jeffco residents, the Columbine Courier is reviewing each race and the candidates vying for South Jeffco’s votes. 

     

    Colorado’s 1st
    Congressional District

    Incumbent: Democrat Diana DeGette. Challenger: Republican Martin Walsh.

    DeGette began representing South Jeffco after redistricting in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 for a ninth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the state House from 1992-96. 

  • Commissioners still have questions on possible retail marijuana sales

    The county commissioners still have more questions than answers when it comes to retail marijuana businesses opening in Jeffco.

    During an Oct. 14 study session on other city and county regulations on commercial marijuana grow operations and retail stores, all three commissioners expressed interest in marijuana testing facilities and what revenue the businesses could generate.  

  • 10-day crime spree ends with capture of escaped jail prisoner

    The man who escaped from the Jeffco jail on Oct. 5 is suspected in a string of subsequent car thefts is back in custody.

    Travis Sandlin, 32, a registered sex offender, was arrested about 8:30 a.m Oct. 16 in the 3900 block of Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The arrest came after a stolen car Sandlin was driving flipped as he was fleeing law officers.

    Sandlin apparently had been staying in a vacant house that is up for sale on Sunshine Canyon Drive. 

  • Seniors’ Resource Center wins national leadership award

    The Seniors’ Resource Center was recognized last month for its work with senior citizens in Jefferson County and the metro area. 

    LeadingAge, a nonprofit organization of more than 6,000 groups that serve various needs of the senior community, gave the SRC its Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award for 2014. 

  • McMinimee says compromise was close on curriculum review

    Jeffco schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee believes he almost negotiated a compromise on the school board majority’s controversial proposal to create a curriculum review committee at the board’s Oct. 2 meeting. 

  • Q&A with the three county commissioner candidates

     Editor’s note: With Election Day fast approaching, the Times is taking a final look at local races.

    The three candidates vying for the county commission seat in District 3 offer a variety of views, and this week Evergreen Newspapers is publishing their responses to questions about issues important to the county. 

  • County’s 2015 budget eases use of reserves

    This article was corrected to show the county is considering a two percent merit increase, not a three percent merit increase. 

    Jeffco is set to present a preliminary budget for 2015 this week that represents a slight decrease in spending from 2014 but maintains funding for nonprofits and uses less of the county’s reserve funds. 

  • Pumpkins, great and small

    That first sip of apple cider, savored in the middle of a pumpkin patch, signals for many the arrival of autumn. 

    The hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve and a bumpy ride behind a horse-drawn wagon also are seasonal traditions. And at Littleton’s Harvest Festival on Saturday at the Littleton Museum, traditions as colorful as fall leaves were enjoyed by young and old.

    For the past decade, Carol Montgomery has brought  her granddaughters to the festival, and this year Katie, 12, and Lilly, 10, enjoyed the autumnal offerings as much as ever.

  • 300 protest school board, urge recall election

    A group of Jeffco high school students announced Saturday that they are ready to lead an effort to recall the Jeffco school board majority if enough community members also are willing. 

    “This board will not change. A recall is (necessary),” said Chalen Gordon-McGlone, a senior at Evergreen High School. “I know (a recall) will take a lot of work, but we must work together. We are much stronger together than as individuals.”