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Today's News

  • School board to get sunshine-law training — in secret

    Jeffco’s five new school board members will take about two hours at their next meeting to hear legal advice on “the Colorado Open Meetings Law, the Colorado Open Records Act, conflicts of interest and standards of conduct for local public officials.”

    The sunshine-law training will be held behind closed doors in an executive session.

  • District to hire communications director

    Jeffco Public Schools is in the process of hiring a new communications director, a move schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee delayed for several months during the run-up to the election.

  • New school board set to meet constituents

    Jeffco’s new school board members soon will head out into the community to meet their new constituents, members said at their first full board meeting Nov. 30.

    Ron Mitchell, Ali Lasell, Susan Harmon, Amanda Stevens and Brad Rupert, who were elected Nov. 3, said they would begin coordinating with various groups in each of their districts to set up meetings.

    As the district heads into budget season, board members will host community budget forums, which Stevens said could be a good opportunity to get to know Jeffco residents better.

  • Jeffco’s recall free-for-all spurs call for campaign finance reform

    An ethics watchdog group has called for state campaign finance reform in the wake of the release of contribution figures from the Jeffco school district’s contentious recall election.

    While any change to the Colorado Constitution, which specifies how elections are conducted, would require a statewide vote, Peg Perl, senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, said Colorado legislators can take several steps to bring more transparency to local elections, including:

  • D’Evelyn runs toward another promising season

    DENVER — D’Evelyn girls basketball coach Chris Olson had one question for senior Lexi Reed after she announced on Twitter that she had committed to run cross country and track at Oregon State University.

    “When she tweeted out that she was signing, I texted her to congratulate her and also asked if they were going to let her still play basketball,” Olson said. “I was nervous (Oregon State) would say no.”

  • Chatfield facing early adversity

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s girls basketball team hopes the road is a little less rocky than its opening week.

    A day before the Chargers opened their season at the Rebel with a Cause Tournament at Columbine High School on Dec. 2, the team found out it would be without head coach Mike Deutsch for at least a month.

  • Columbine runner-up in tournament

    LITTLETON — Columbine’s girls basketball team is giving back to the community while winning some games along the way.

    The Rebels hosted the 2nd annual Rebel with a Cause Tournament during the opening week of the prep hoops season. The tournament encouraged teams and fans to bring new or gently used toys for a toy drive to benefit City Square, a local organization in Denver that provides for low-income and homeless families.

  • Thompson brings title experience to Eagles

    LITTLETON — Dakota Ridge’s new girls basketball coach knows more than a little bit about success at the high school level.

    Diane (Dittburner) Thompson graduated from Lamar High School in 1998, where she helped lead Lamar to four straight Class 4A girls basketball state championships from 1995 to 1998. She went on to earn All-American honors at the collegiate level. Thompson played two years at the University of Northern Colorado before transferring to Cal State University Bakersfield.

  • Waterfall format will be a drain

    Goodbye, Class 5A Jeffco football league. Hello, Conference G?

    The Colorado High School Activities Association will make a bold and dramatic change to the current 5A football system for the next two-year (2016-17 and 2017-18) cycle. Welcome to the world of the waterfall format.

  • Dakota Ridge’s new duo put Rebels on ice

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    LITTLETON — Prior to his team’s 2015-16 season-opener against rival Columbine, Dakota Ridge hockey coach Alec Hines said seniors Matteo Glennon and Bradley Huggins “came out of nowhere’’ to earn starting positions along the Eagles’ new front line.