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Today's News

  • A pearl of an effort

    The best way to start a Black Friday-esque tussle among sixth-graders is to offer them rolls of yarn at no cost.

    Well, maybe not at all sixth-graders. But that’s certainly what happened when Lynn Story offered free yarn to the sixth-graders in her knitting club at Leawood Elementary School.

    “Welcome to Leawood,” said 11-year-old Micah Harper with a mischievous grin as he clutched the colorful yarn he’d grabbed from Story’s bag.

  • Jeffco DA agrees to suspend investigations of online child sex predators

    Jeffco District Attorney Pete Weir has agreed to suspend his office’s investigations of online child sexual predators following an ethics complaint by a Denver defense attorney.

  • Jeffco EDC names new president

    The board of directors of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. has appointed Sam Bailey as the EDC's new president and chief executive officer.

    "I am thrilled to carry on Jeffco EDC's legacy as a leading community organization,” Bailey said in a news release. “Working in partnership with the EDC's board, investors and stakeholders, Jefferson County is well‐positioned for significant growth.”

  • District weighs options ahead of negotiations

    With less than a month before contract negotiations begin with the Jefferson County Education Association, the school district is trying to prepare for a worst-case scenario when it comes to next year’s state funding.

    In the wake of the failure of ballot initiatives 3A and 3B in the November election, district officials are concerned that the uncertain nature of state funding could complicate efforts to retain current teachers and attract new hires.

  • School board to vote Jan. 12 on whether to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board will decide Jan. 12 whether to begin a search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

  • Riders, horses of all experience levels welcome at school

    Bring your shoulders up.

    Tighten up those reins.

    Don’t be afraid of contact.

    As one might expect, learning dressage — an equestrian sport signifying the highest expression of horse training — is a process. And, according to Corinne Lettau and Michelle Gibson, it’s one that even the best riders never fully master.

  • Big Idea Project brings big recognition to teacher

    When Bryan Halsey created the Big Idea Project, it was simply a hands-on way to culminate the business leadership class he started at Columbine High School.

    “We basically challenge students to find a need in the world and then do something about it,” said the business and marketing teacher.

  • Student who beat odds wins Hero Award

    Annalise Kendrick never understood why people who win awards always seem to say they feel “humbled” — until she won the Jeffco Hero Award in November, that is.

    “I didn’t think I’d win at all,” she said. “… Other than (feeling) shocked, it was kind of like this worry that I didn’t deserve it. … It was really humbling just seeing everybody there.”

  • Morrison town board approves 2017 spending outline

    Morrison’s town board approved the 2017 budget on Dec. 6, a $5.2 million spending plan that continues to rely heavily on traffic fines for revenue.

    The budget calls for general-fund spending of $4 million and for $1.2 million in the utility-fund portion of the budget. Both funds will require contributions from the town’s reserve fund in 2017.

    Numerous capital projects are slated for 2017, including $450,000 for:

    • A new dispatch station for the police department.

    • Two new police vehicles.

  • Falcon Bluffs students get a lesson in health and fitness

    Sixth-graders from Falcon Bluffs Middle School stormed the cafeteria stage on Dec. 7 for a chance to learn a dance from two of the Denver Broncos’ cheerleaders.

    The opportunity to boogie with the Broncos came as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, an in-school wellness program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Locally, the program is funded by the Western Dairy Association and the Broncos.