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Today's News

  • Jeffco commissioners eye targeted raises to slow attrition

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are considering awarding targeted pay increases as a way to stop, or at least slow, an increase in employee attrition.

    The commissioners discussed spending $1.5 million annually to target certain areas in the county workforce during two days of staff briefings last week on Jeffco’s proposed 2015 budget. County employees are already in line for a 2 percent merit-pay increase next year.

  • 2014-15 girls swimming capsule previews

    CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
    Head coach: Ron Johns
    Assistant coaches: Holly Boen, Monica Games, Sean Gillispie
    Swimmers to watch: Averly Hobbs, Sr., diver; Jenelle Croizer, Soph., diver; Peyton Wayment, Soph., freestyle; Heather Stevens, Jr., freestyle; Halley Kopec, Jr., breaststroke; Abby Olegby, Soph., butterfly
    Key losses: “We should have won league last year,” Johns said. “In terms of swimmers, it was tough to lose Hailey Gerze.”

  • 2014-15 wrestling capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Paul Peronard
    Assistant coaches: Matt Yaden, Gabe Watson, Jordan Bybee, Russ Holt
    Conference: 5A Jeffco League
    Wrestlers to watch: Riley Thayer, Sr., 132 pounds; Andrew Erickson, Sr., 152; Jonah Bedel, Sr., 160
    Key losses: Wilson George, Dylan Seeman

  • Carnation Bowl caps year of learning about the game, life

    LAKEWOOD — “Coach, coach … Who would win in a battle between Superman and Batman?”

    It was a question that Jeffco Midget Football Association (JMFA) head coach for the Dakota Ridge Eagles, Dave Loomis, faced in all seriousness during the middle of a “very intense play” earlier this season. It was the kind of question that reminded Loomis that coaching 8 to 10-year-old football isn’t as straight-forward as it might seem.

  • Caudill has a passion for riding

    Dalton Caudill, then 3 years old, rarely watched television, but he pulled up a chair while at grandma’s house and sat attentively watching the screen. His attention span, normally non-existent, wasn’t about to waver. He was fixated on watching motocross.

    “It came on, and I was watching it for a while, and I liked it. I was like, “I want to do that,’” said Dalton, who is now 7.

  • Tactile art exhibit

    Students from Arapahoe Community College painting instructor Nathan Abels’ class invited staff and students from the Colorado Center for the Blind to a fully accessible tactile art exhibit at the Jantzen Gallery in ACC’s Art and Design Center recently.

  • All-conference cross country, boys soccer

    The following are all-conference selections in the 5A Jeffco League for the 2014 fall season in cross country and boys soccer:

  • 2014-15 hockey preview capsules

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Mark Glombecki
    Assistant coaches: Tom DiNardo, Kyle Kube, Nick Kroha
    2013-14 record: 6-13 overall, 5-9 Foothills Conference
    Players to watch: Cody Trujillo, Sr., GK; Stuart Shanley, Sr., D; Brett Thompson, Sr., D; Alex Cote, Sr., F; Cory Mergo, Sr., F; Alec Thompson, Sr., F; Chase Smith, Sr., D
    Key losses: Nick Dawkins, D; Tyler Seltenreich, F; Brian Vits, F; Joshua Aycock, GK

  • Board approves one charter school, rejects another

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 to approve the charter application for Golden View Classical Academy at last Thursday’s board meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams voted in favor of the new charter, while Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted against.

    Elected last November, the three-member board majority ran on a platform to increase school choices for Jeffco parents. Golden View Classical Academy is the first charter school approved by the board majority.

  • Jeffco, Colorado see record voter turnout

    While the rest of the country saw a drop in voter turnout, Colorado and Jeffco saw a record number of ballots cast in the Nov. 4 election.

    The Jeffco clerk and recorder’s office reported that 61 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots in last week’s election. The 259,765 voters marked the largest percentage to participate in a general election in Jefferson County.