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Today's News

  • High water closes recreational areas at Chatfield State Park

    The recent relentless rains have swollen Chatfield Reservoir and forced the closure of several recreational areas in the popular state park.

    The reservoir was 6 feet above its normal level as of May 21, resulting in closure of the swim beach; Jamison Picnic Area; Catfish Picnic Area; Eagle Cove; Plum Creek Picnic Area; and the south boat ramp.

  • By the Numbers: Columbine-area sports during the 2014-15 high school year

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    The number of sets Chatfield’s volleyball team won after falling behind two sets to none in the second of its two pool-play matches at the 5A state championships last November. The result was the Lady Chargers, the No. 12 seed, making it to an improbable state final before falling to four-time and defending champion Grandview.

  • Chatfield principal to become superintendent for Englewood district

    The principal at Chatfield High School has been named the finalist for the Englewood School District’s superintendent position.

    Wendy Rubin was chosen from an original pool of 23 applicants for the soon-to-be-vacant superintendent post in Englewood. Englewood’s current superintendent, Brian Ewert, has been tapped as the next superintendent of Littleton Public Schools.

    Rubin has worked for Jeffco Public Schools for the past 14 years, the last four as principal at Chatfield.

  • Telephone town hall to focus on flooding, wildfire concerns

    A telephone town hall meeting with Jeffco’s county commissioners on May 27 will focus on the upcoming wildfire season and the county’s emergency preparedness.

    Some 50,000 telephone numbers in the county will be called to participate in the hour-long meeting, although anyone can call in. The commissioners typically take questions from callers after making opening remarks.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

    Negotiators for the Jefferson County Education Association and Jeffco Public Schools met for an extra session to discuss the topic after a district judge issued an injunction against the school district a week earlier that prevented it from moving forward with recently approved entry-level salaries.

  • Littleton lands on two top-10 lists

    Littleton finds itself on two top-10 lists: for safety and for prospects for young professionals.

    Littleton was ranked as the ninth-safest city in Colorado and the ninth best place for millennial job-seekers in the state.

    “We’ve been recognized as being an attractive place for millennials to work and for being a safe community,” said city spokeswoman Kelli Narde. “It’s been a good week.”

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

    The flier, which was re-published May 20 on website CompleteColorado.com, answers frequently asked questions about strikes, urges teachers to attend an event Friday called “Rally to Take Back Our Schools,” and states that the Jefferson County Education Association is still committed to bargaining with the district.

  • Council to vote on amendment to construction-defects ordinance

    An amendment to Littleton’s new construction-defects ordinance providing for a cash-settlement option instead of repairs is set for a public hearing and vote at the June 2 City Council meeting.

    The new ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Decision not to host governor unrelated to politics, schools superintendent says

    Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says that rejecting an offer from Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign testing legislation at two Jeffco schools was related to safety, logistics and protocol — not politics.

    Hickenlooper’s staff reached out to both Bear Creek and Lakewood high schools as locations where the governor might sign House Bill 1323, which reduces the number of standardized tests students are required to take. The district said no thanks.

  • Columbine team has the biggest, best idea

    A big idea from a group of Columbine High School students has turned out to be a big winner.

    Columbine’s team placed first last weekend in the inaugural statewide Big Idea competition with its project Denver Push, which focused on accessibility for the disabled. Kale Reader, 17, Dan DeGraaf, 17, Ty Duffy, 18, and Megan Lacy, 17, each won a $1,500 college scholarship.