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Today's News

  • Names of teachers involved in sick-outs won't be released, for now

    An injunction will temporarily prevent Jeffco Public Schools from releasing the names of teachers who participated in “sick-outs” last fall pending a court hearing requested by the teachers union, which claims that disclosing the information would violate teachers’ medical privacy.

  • String theory

    Note to school principals: If you want teachers to come up with creative and cost-efficient ideas, send them to Hawaii.

    Mary Bowlen, music teacher at Littleton’s Montessori Peaks Academy, was vacationing with her husband’s family on Oahu several years ago when she picked up a family friend’s ukulele.

    “I sat down, I played, and before I knew it, I was like, ‘I want one,’ ” she said.

  • Ballot forum canceled as urban-renewal battle intensifies

    The battle continues in Littleton over urban renewal, as a citizen activist group dropped out of a Feb. 12 forum on competing ballot issues, saying it was overwhelmed by the outside funds pouring into the local campaign.

    “It all comes down to time and money. When you look at our opposition and the amount of money being dumped into it by developers, we don’t have that luxury,” said Carol Brzeczek, a member of Your Littleton, Your Vote.

  • Foothills to host job fair Saturday

    The Foothills Park and Rec District will host its first-ever job fair on Saturday for potential employees looking for seasonal or part-time work later this year.

    Foothills has openings for seasonal and part-time employees in aquatics, golf course and parks maintenance, children’s programs, and front-desk staffing, said Wenonah Macdonald, the district’s human resources administrator.

  • Menacing mallards:Teens make zombie ducks at Columbine Library

    Zombies typically aren’t soft or cute, but the creatures being created by teens recently at the Columbine Library inspired more quacking than quaking.

    At the library’s Zombie Felties program on Feb. 10, one of its monthly events for teenagers, ducks, lions and other felines were made from felt and a lot of energetic creativity.

  • Jeffco school board member supports guns in schools

    Jeffco school board member Julie Williams cast the board’s only vote for a resolution supporting state legislation that would permit the carrying of concealed weapons in public schools.

    “Repealing the gun-free school zone act will empower our nation’s schoolteachers, faculty and law-abiding parents to ensure the safety and well-being of our children,” Williams said at the Feb. 5 school board meeting.

  • Jeffco develops Outdoor Lab master plan

    Jeffco Public Schools is developing a master plan for maintaining its outdoor lab schools on Mount Evans and in Bailey.

    Shannon Hancock, executive director of the Outdoor Lab Foundation, said the plan will address site needs, as well as educational impacts and programming goals.

    “This is a really exciting process,” she said.

  • Alternatives to building new schools considered

    If Jeffco school board members don’t want to spend money on new buildings and renovations, there are alternatives to deal with crowded schools like Rooney Ranch Elementary — but district COO Steve Bell isn’t crazy about them.

    Alternative solutions to anticipated crowding at schools like Rooney Ranch could include installing temporary classrooms in the short term, and taking more drastic measures over the long term.

  • Jeffco Open Space working with Arvada to develop public shooting range

    Jeffco Open Space is working with the city of Arvada in hopes of creating a county shooting range on property owned by the municipality.

    “What we’re saying is that we’d like to be at the table,” said Amy Ito, Jeffco Open Space’s manager of planning and development.

    “The timing seems ideal. This was our No. 1 site,” Ito said.

  • Jeffco, Ken-Caryl eye land swap

    Jeffco’s Open Space Advisory Committee has given initial approval to a potential land swap with the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District that could lead to a new trail in the Ken-Caryl area that connects multiple trails in Jeffco.

    Under the deal, Jeffco Open Space would deed over the property on which the district’s community center is located in exchange for a trail easement along the Hogback from the Ken-Caryl Master Association, said Tom Hoby, Jeffco Parks and Open Space director.