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Today's News

  • School district, teachers union preparing for contract negotiations

    Jeffco Public Schools leaders said Jan. 28 they expect teacher pay and teacher recruitment and retention will be priorities during upcoming contract negotiations with the Jefferson County Education Association.

    The district and teachers union will start contract negotiations Saturday, district human resources director Amy Weber said — less than a year after the last 10-month pact was implemented.

    Negotiations last year on the current union contract encountered several issues, including the contract’s 10-month duration; it expires June 30.

  • Jeffco sheriff’s deputy shot during Aurora robbery attempt is expected to recover

    The Jeffco sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured when he was shot while off duty Jan. 26 is still in intensive care after two surgeries, but is expected to recover, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

    Deputy Jose Marquez was shot in the parking lot of the Courtyards at Buckley Apartments in Aurora during an attempted robbery. He initially was hospitalized with “life-threatening” injuries but is currently in stable condition in an intensive-care unit, according to the department’s social media.

  • Residents concerned about Federal Center hosting immigrant kids

    A Jan. 19 telephone town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Ed Perlmutter gave Jeffco residents some answers about the anticipated spring arrival of up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant children, but some questions linger, local officials said.

  • Rising housing costs lead to increase in Jeffco homeless population

    As housing costs rise in Jeffco and the metro area, the number of homeless people also is increasing, say directors of organizations involved in helping them. Many of the people without a place to live are families and youths who cannot afford to pay rent.

    “We commonly see families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time,” said Jennifer Wilson, coordinator of Community and Family Connections for Jeffco Schools, a program that assists homeless students and their families.

  • Family of inmate who died while waiting for medical attention sues

    The family of a Jeffco jail prisoner who died in her cell after waiting hours for medical attention has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff, county commissioners, eight deputies, and the outside medical company contracted by the jail, including six of its employees.

  • Jaguars’ power hitter signs with Roadrunners

    DENVER — Dylan Nelson will take advantage of the altitude and thin air of Colorado for at least four more years.

    The heavy-hitting first baseman on D’Evelyn’s baseball team signed on Feb. 3 to continue his baseball career at Metropolitan State University in Denver. The power-hitting lefty jumped at the opportunity to play for the Roadrunners.

  • Lanuza selects University of Oregon

    LITTLETON — Jennifer Lanuza is taking her own path.

    The Chatfield senior signed her national letter of intent to play women’s lacrosse at the University of Oregon next spring. Lanuza chose not to follow her older sister, Kendra Lanuza, who is a freshman on the University of Denver women’s lacrosse program.

  • Hume continues family tradition

    LITTLETON — Cayli Hume is following in her family’s footsteps.

    The Dakota Ridge senior signed to run cross country and track at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., after Hume graduates this spring.

  • Rebels ready to spring into college ranks

    LITTLETON — Time flies when you’re having fun and winning state championships.

     “It came so fast,” Columbine senior Tatum Barton said as she celebrated with 14 other Rebels who signed their national letters of intent on Feb. 3. “I’m so blessed to be here. I’m so excited.”

    Barton was a driving force behind the Columbine girls soccer team’s first Class 5A state team title in school history in 2014. Barton scored 26 goals during the Rebels’ championship season.

  • Chargers swim to third at 5A Jeffco championships

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    ARVADA — Abby Oglesby, Peyton Wayment and Jennelle Crozier posted breakthrough victories at the Class 5A Jeffco League girls swimming and diving championships.