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Today's News

  • Jeffco School Board approves 2014-15 budget

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 last Thursday to approve the district’s 2014-15 budget — a $1 billion spending plan that increases teachers’ salaries and funding for charter schools.

    Teachers, who have not had a pay increase in four years, will benefit from the $4.8 million earmarked for salary increases, which will equate to an average 2.5 percent raise per teacher.

  • 11th-hour change to charter-school funding prevents unanimous vote

    A disagreement over charter-school funding prevented the Jeffco school board from giving unanimous approval to the 2014-15 budget at last Thursday’s meeting.

    Board members John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt approved the spending plan for next school year, while members Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper voted no. 

    Fellman and Dahlkemper opposed the board majority’s addition of $1.85 million to $3.7 million earmarked to equalize funding for the district’s 14 charter schools.

  • Most kinds of fireworks still illegal in Colorado

    It’s once again the time of year for pyrotechnics, but most fireworks are still illegal in Colorado.

    According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, “any device that explodes or leaves the ground,” which can include firecrackers, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, M-80s and roman candles, is prohibited for private use.

  • Republicans pick Shrader as nominee for Jeffco sheriff

    Jeffco Republicans overwhelmingly chose longtime Sheriff’s Office veteran Jeff Shrader in the race to replace term-limited Sheriff Ted Mink in the June 24 primary election.

    Shrader captured 60.8 percent of the vote to defeat Jim Shires, who had 39.2 percent. Shrader, who has no Democratic opponent in the November election, becomes the front-running favorite to take over for the iconic Mink.

    Libertarian Brett Almy and independent John Berry will also be on the November ballot in the sheriff’s race. 

  • Bow Mar and Southwest Plaza mall propose annexation

    Southwest Plaza is angling to be annexed by the town of Bow Mar in a maneuver designed to return sales-sax revenue to the mall for improvements to public areas.

    The owners of the mall, General Growth Properties, and representatives of Bow Mar presented a possible “flagpole” annexation of the mall, which would include the town annexing several streets, to Jeffco’s county commissioners on June 17 during staff briefings. 

    The mall is currently embarking on a $75 million to $80 million remodeling project.  

  • 5A Jeffco League all-conference track & field

    The following are all-conference selections for the 5A Jeffco League during the 2014 season:

    BOYS TRACK & FIELD
    FIRST TEAM

  • Annual Dawg Bowl is about more than just hockey

    The initials JK emblazed the jersey of every player in the Survivor Game.
    JK was Jack Kelly, a beloved husband, father and hockey player who passed away from an auto-immune disease in April 2010. He was also a member of the Dawg Nation.
    Four years ago, Martin Richardson, Mike Pijanowski and members of the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation started the Dawg Bowl, a weekend-long adult hockey tournament to pay tribute to Kelly, to their other fellow hockey mates and to raise funds to help those in need.

  • Teams develop during summer 7-on-7 tourneys

    The Columbine Rebels are typically a running team. So why would they, of all teams, participate in a 7-on-7 tournament that is custom-made for quarterbacks, receivers, linebackers and secondary players?
    “People are always asking us, ‘Columbine, why are you guys out here playing 7-on-7? You don’t ever pass the ball,’” assistant coach Ivory Moore said. “That’s pretty much true, but when we do, it’s usually positive.”
    That’s why Columbine plays 7 on 7.

  • Three people shot after concert at Red Rocks

    An SUV carrying rapper Schoolboy Q appears to have been the target of the shooting at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 19.

    Three people were shot in the vehicle that carried Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincey Matthew Hanley, after a concert ended last Thursday night at the amphitheater. The SUV left the scene with the three victims and Hanley after the shooting.

  • Roselli, Rumsey honored by boosters club

    The Chatfield Senior High football team boosters club, The Gridiron Club, presented scholarship awards to recent graduates Joey Roselli and Reece Rumsey. Each player will receive $1,500 toward their college education.
    Former Gridiron president Terri Gillan presented the awards during Senior Award Night at Chatfield Senior High.
    Roselli, who played offensive guard for the Chargers, will play football and study engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Rumsey, a wide receiver and defensive back, will study marketing and entrepreneurship at Metro State.