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Today's News

  • Teacher salaries capped in compensation plan

    The best-paid teachers in Jeffco will earn just more than $81,000 this year.

    The Jeffco school board continued its work on the district’s new teacher compensation model at its meeting last Thursday, which included the maximum $81,030 salary.

     “Having that high-water mark, we will not only attract but also retain the great teachers we have in our system,” said Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Columbine High School lockdown over

    Columbine High School was under lockdown Monday morning after the school received a threat. 

    Jeffco Public Schools sent out a tweet about the lockdown about 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and notified parents, said Melissa Reeves, spokeswoman for the district. The school was out of lockdown by noon.

    Reeves said school activities continued as normal inside the school during a lockout, but no one is allowed to enter or leave school buildings. 

  • Hunting for history: Hundreds pursue the past during scavenger hunt

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Treasure hunters of all ages went looking for the past on Littleton’s historic Main Street last Saturday.

    Historic Littleton Inc. kicked off its third annual scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. to the music of a barbershop quartet outside the Town Hall Arts Center. Each group of contestants received a ballot containing clues and a map to the 15 local businesses where the answers could be found. 

  • GOP assessor candidate plagued with tax woes

    The Republican seeking the county office that plays a big role in determining residents’ annual property-tax bills apparently has had some tax problems of his own.

    County assessor candidate Ronald Sandstrom owes as much as thousands of dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes, according to court documents obtained by the Columbine Courier.

    The documents show both the IRS and state Department of Revenue took legal action against Sandstrom over the alleged unpaid taxes.

  • Cobb exceeds expectations at Liberty Bell

    Ask Columbine sophomore Noelle Cobb why she was able to run the way that she did at the 2014 Liberty Bell, and the answer is a simple one.

    “I’m in much better shape,” the petite Columbine sophomore said after she finished eighth in the Division 2 girls race in a time of 18 minutes, 38 seconds.

  • Sun shines on Summerset Festival

    The Summerset Festival was back at full strength last weekend as attendees soaked up the sunny weather that was missing last year. 

    The festival, which draws about 30,000 people to Clement Park during the three-day event, was canceled by wet weather in 2013 for the first time in its 30-year history. Yet even the potential for snow on Friday, opening day, wasn’t enough to dampen the excitement. 

  • Teachers union reps issue no-confidence vote against school board president

    Just a week after the school board approved his performance-based pay plan, Jeffco teachers recorded a vote of no confidence in school board President Ken Witt.

    According to the teachers union, the vote by 180 representatives of non-administrative educators was unanimous.

    "It is evident that educators in this district have had enough of the secrecy, waste, and disrespect of this board majority and its president,” said a statement from John Ford, president of the Jeffco Education Association.

  • School board to form curriculum committee

    The Jeffco school board will form a committee Thursday night to examine and evaluate the district’s curriculum.

    Details on the direction and role of the committee are now listed on the Sept. 18 agenda, located at www.jeffcopublicschools.org.

    “The charge to the committee is to review curricular choices for conformity to Jeffco academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials,” according to the committee guidelines.

  • Littleton Planning Board OKs two urban renewal plans

    The Littleton Planning Board approved the urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe Drive corridor after taking two meetings to reach the decision. 

    The board agreed on Sept. 11 that the two plans presented by the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, comply with Littleton’s comprehensive plan, the document that guides development in the city. The board had extended the discussion of the plans after its Aug. 25 meeting. 

  • County’s pot task force against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force is recommending that the county remain on the sidelines of the state’s new retail marijuana industry spurred by Amendment 64.