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Today's News

  • Youthful entrepreneur marketing the write stuff

    It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in early February, and Vyjay Harris walks door to door in his South Jeffco neighborhood with a pile of papers in his hand.

    At 9 years old, Vyjay already has an eye for business. An avid writer and reader, the Belmar Elementary fourth-grader recently began writing and selling his books to neighbors.

  • Performance gaps among minorities persist in Jeffco schools

    New results from Jeffco Public Schools’ year-long Measures of Academic Progress test show that while overall student performance is improving, many minority students in the district continue to struggle with math and reading compared to their Caucasian counterparts.

  • Crews contain two wildfires on Green Mountain

    Crews from West Metro Fire contained two blazes on Green Mountain in Lakewood early Monday. As of Monday afternoon, the fire department had reported that its investigators said both fires are suspicious, however there is no official cause released.

    According to West Metro spokeswoman Ronda Scholting, the first fire was on the north side of the mountain. It was reported about 1:30 a.m., and ended up burning about 1.7 acres, she said. The second was on the east side and started about 5 a.m., charring approximately 5.8 acres.

  • Fire restrictions enacted in Jeffco

    Due to current dry conditions, high risk of wildfire and limited availability of resources, stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted in Jefferson County at 6 p.m. Thursday by the Sheriff's Office.

    According to Sheriff Jeff Schrader, the restrictions apply to areas west of Highway 93, west of C-470, south and west of the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and C-470 and west of the South Platte River.

  • D’Evelyn principal found guilty of third-degree assault, harassment

    A jury on Thursday found the principal of D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School guilty of charges related to an assault on his wife last November. 

    Anthony Edwards, 36, was found guilty of one misdemeanor count of third-degree assault and one misdemeanor count of harassment after a two-day trial. The jury deliberated for an hour. 

    Judge Mark Randall sentenced Edwards to two years of probation and 60 hours of community service, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Pam Russell. 

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Opinions differ

  • Jeffco delays grade shuffling, school closures

    Two weeks after proposing the closure of five elementary schools to free up funds for teacher compensation, the Jeffco school board voted early Friday to close just one school — Pleasant View Elementary in Golden — and to delay plans to shuffle sixth-graders to middle schools. 

  • Jeffco district eyeing pay increase for next superintendent

    The next superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools likely will earn significantly more than outgoing Superintendent Dan McMinimee, after the district’s executive search firm recommended boosting the salary to attract higher-quality candidates.

    Last Thursday, Ray and Associates president Gary Ray shared his firm’s proposed schedule and process for finding a new superintendent with the school board during a study session.

  • Sheriff’s Office welcomes CHEEZO unit at swearing-in ceremony

    The members of Jeffco’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit, better known as CHEEZO, completed their transition to the Sheriff’s Office from the district attorney’s office on Feb. 2 during a news conference and swearing-in ceremony.

  • Figure class a mix of technique, stamina, emotion

    Elevated on a stage in the center of a room, illuminated by the harsh glare of a spotlight, stands a figure.

    He clutches a staff, props his foot on a chair, lengthens his torso.

    Beep. Beep. Beep.

    A timer on the corner of the stage signals it’s time for a change. The man stretches a bit and contorts himself into another position, giving a varied perspective of the human form.