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Today's News

  • Results on MAP tests a mixed bag

    Jeffco students are largely outperforming national averages when it comes to reading and math, but semester-to-semester growth is lacking.

    According to the Jeffco school district’s presentation of its year-long Measures of Academic Progress, student scores in math and reading improved over the last year, with about 60 percent of all students in grades three through 10 scoring in the high-average or above-average range for math and reading.

  • Spirits, raptors soar at Father’s Day event

    A Harris’s hawk flew above a packed house from one handler to another Sunday at the second annual Father’s Day Falcon Fest at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. Dads, moms and their kids watched in awe as five birds of prey were presented by the founder of HawkQuest, Kin Quitugua.

  • Two gun store burglaries reported in two days

    About 30 handguns were stolen early Tuesday from a gun shop in a strip mall on West Bowles Avenue, and another gun store to the east in Littleton was burglarized the next day. 

    Sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer confirmed burglars tripped a silent alarm at Colorado Gun Broker, 8966 W. Bowles Ave., at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. Deputies reportedly arrived within five minutes, but the perpetrators were gone.

    Techmeyer said the gun store's surveillance cameras weren't operating during the break-in, but other cameras in the strip mall were being checked.

  • School district to pursue bond issue of up to $535 million

    In an effort to fund its facilities master plan and other initiatives, the Jeffco school board decided last Thursday to put a bond issue of up to $535 million on the November ballot, as well as pursue a property-tax increase of between 3.69 and 4.31 mills. 

  • QUICK HITS

    All-state girls soccer

    Columbine High School’s Tatum Barton and Brittany Wilson were first-team all-state selections in voting done by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

    Barton, a senior forward, scored 13 goals this season, third-best on the team.

    Wilson, a senior goalkeeper, had a goals-against average of 0.6 in 19 games. She averaged about two and a half saves per outing.

    Columbine’s Kelcey Cavarra, a senior midfielder, was a second-team selection. She scored eight goals and added 12 assists.

  • Chatfield's Pearson wraps up prep career with all-star appearance

    By Steve Smith, For the Courier

    ALAMOSA — There was just enough time in Cameron Pearson’s calendar to squeeze in two more high-school basketball games at Adams State University over the weekend.

  • Health should not be a political football

    For many years prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I was an active and vocal proponent of universal health care. It always seemed to me that socializing our health risks worked better when everyone was part of the pool. I supported requirements at both the state and federal levels for people to have health insurance.

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

  • School district employees cite concerns with workload, pay

    Overall positive feedback from parents and students was offset by some employee concerns about workload and pay in a recent survey taken by Jeffco Public Schools.

    The district’s Make Your Voice Heard survey, which polled students in second through 12th grades and was completed by about 77 percent of the district’s students, found that most students felt cared about and respected by teachers and school staff; furthermore, about 90 percent of all students said they had friends or people they felt connected to at school.

  • Thunder can’t steal the show at Clement Park concert

    The rain and lightning held off long enough for more than 800 people to enjoy a Thursday night out at Clement Park listening to folk duo Moors & McCumber. The pair played as part of the Foothills Park & Recreation District’s Summer Entertainment Series.