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Today's News

  • Jeffco schools’ leadership team acting as interim superintendent

    Jeffco schools’ leadership team will act as the district’s superintendent for at least one week, the Board of Education decided on Feb. 18.

    The leadership team is made up of Marcia Anker, chief school effectiveness officer; Heather Beck, chief academic officer; Lorrie Gillis, chief financial officer; and Steve Bell, the district’s chief operating officer.

    The arrangement will most likely be short-lived, however, as the board will discuss and vote on an interim superintendent at its Feb. 27 meeting.

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife kills 5 coyotes after animal attacks woman at Clement Park

    Five coyotes have been fatally shot in South Jeffco by the state Department of Parks and Wildlife after a woman and her two dogs were attacked by a coyote in Clement Park on Feb. 10.

    The attack occurred near Johnson Reservoir as the woman was walking her two small dogs along the trail. 

    Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the woman was walking with her pets early that morning when she noticed a coyote on the reservoir ice. 

  • Eliminating the scourge of spurge

    Just because marijuana is legal, it doesn’t mean Colorado has changed its stance on weeds.

    The state Department of Agriculture wants Jeffco to step up efforts to eliminate myrtle spurge, a noxious weed the state has targeted for eradication, from unincorporated parts of the county. 

  • Iowa-based firm will search for new school superintendent

    The Jeffco school board has selected a search firm to help find the successor to former superintendent Cindy Stevenson.

    The board heard presentations from two search firms at its Feb. 18 study session, and Ray and Associates was selected to find potential candidates to lead Colorado’s largest school district. 

    Iowa-based Ray and Associates will charge $44,580 for its search, which will include conducting community meetings, recruiting, screening, interviewing and selecting a final pool of candidates.

  • Sheriff's Calls

    Sharper than a serpent’s tooth

  • Twitter posts leave school board member offended

    School board member Julie Williams announced at last Tuesday’s meeting that she was offended by recent tweets from two Jeffco PTA members.

    Williams referred to a social media conversation that took place Jan. 30 between Jeffco PTA president and former school board member Michele Patterson and PTA vice president Shawna Fritzler. 

    On Jan. 30, the board was discussing which member should represent the board on the Jeffco PTA board. Patterson (@mmcpatt) and Fritzler (@DLMomofMorgan) had a conversation during and after the meeting.

  • ‘Redevelopment’ planned for Southwest Plaza

    An increase in vacant storefronts at Southwest Plaza mall is due in part to a planned large-scale renovation of the 30-year-old shopping center.

    Several stores in the mall have closed in recent weeks to help make way for a renovation, said Greg Sims, Southwest Plaza’s senior general manager. 

    There are several permit applications for construction work on the mall filed with Jefferson County. Yet Sims remained tight-lipped as to what the renovation will entail. 

  • Man convicted of attempted sexual assault in attack on teen

    A 21-year-old man has been found guilty of the attempted sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in South Jeffco who fought off her attacker. 

    A jury on Feb. 20 found Xavier McDaniel guilty of three felony charges stemming from the attack last April, which left the victim hospitalized for several days. 

  • Buffs’ overtime goal sends Eagles packing

    By Tim Donohoo
    For the Courier

  • Lady Chargers avenge earlier defeat, trip host Columbine

    Emily Lachenmeyer does a little bit of everything for the Chatfield Lady Chargers. She scores points — as evidenced by her game-high 18 against Columbine on Feb. 21 — she rebounds, and she gives a little bit of blood in the process.