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Today's News

  • Staunton turns 1

    For its one-year birthday celebration last weekend, Staunton State Park was transformed into a ranch from the early 1900s, about the time when Frances and Archibald Staunton called the place home.

    Visitors were treated to a rare look back at life during the Staunton Ranch days. Park volunteers performed demonstrations and gave presentations on building cabins, cooking on an open fire, and forging metal like a blacksmith.

    “People have enjoyed it and seemed to be having a good time,” said Ben Rideout, a Staunton volunteer.

  • Superintendent finalist faces tough questions in first appearance

    Jeffco superintendent finalist Daniel McMinimee was greeted by a skeptical crowd with challenging questions at an informal meeting last Thursday evening.

    Nearly 75 community members packed the Wheat Ridge High School library to hear about McMinimee’s plans for leading the county's school district.

  • Meet, Eat and Greet delivers on its menu

    Littleton kicked off its first Meet, Eat and Greet event with games, fun and ice cream. 

    The first of the once-a-month events, scheduled through September, was held at Sterne Park on May 13. Littleton’s fire and police departments were on hand, along with representatives of every city department and members of the City Council, to provide information to residents.

  • U.S. Senate candidate visits Jefferson County

    Independent U.S. Senate candidate Steve Shogan unveiled his first TV ads at a fund-raiser Saturday at Nick’s Pro Fitness in Evergreen.

    Supporters laughed at an ad that shows a male actor with eyes pointing in different directions and a voice-over saying, “What if your two eyes didn’t work together?” as an allusion to partisan bickering between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

    “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to fix Congress … or maybe it does,” is the theme of the second ad, a cartoon.

  • Students take anti-obesity campaign to county commissioners

    A group of Columbine High students saw government in action when they took proposals for fighting childhood obesity to the county commissioners.

    The presentations were part of a class project by the school’s freshman government section. Five groups of four students each, selected from about 120 students total, pitched their action plans May 13 for battling childhood obesity and inactivity.

    The groups suggested everything from social media to outdoor concerts to scavenger hunts as ways of getting kids outside and active.  

  • Bowles Crossing property rezoned for residential

    Bowles Crossing Shopping Center has been rezoned to allow for a redevelopment that could include more buildings and residential apartments.

    The mall’s owner, PERA Bowles Inc., requested the 53.9-acre property be rezoned to allow for more stores and for mixed uses, which could include apartments. 

    Only six buildings had been allowed previous to the rezoning, which was approved unanimously by the Jeffco Planning Commission on April 23 and then the county commissioners on their May 13 consent agenda. 

  • SRC center moves to new location

    The Seniors’ Resource Center moved into its temporary new home last week in South Jeffco in the Westridge Square Shopping Center at West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. 

    The SRC relocated its southwest branch from Southwest Plaza as the mall undergoes renovations, said SRC president John Zabawa. He said the center will return to Southwest Plaza once renovations to the mall are complete, in about 18 months. 

  • Teachers OK initial agreement with district

    Members of the teachers union have overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement reached May 8 with the school district’s bargaining team, but teachers voted on a version of the pact that did not include a later addition from the district.

    Just hours after bargaining teams reached the original agreement, the district added the stipulation that non-probationary teachers rated as not effective or partially effective would not be eligible for raises.

  • Latest plan to move Community Corrections abandoned

    Jeffco has decided to abandon its latest idea for relocating the Community Corrections facility after hearing from angry neighbors of a potential site near the Jeffco Fairgrounds.

    The county had identified a property near the fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter at 15650 W. Sixth Ave. as a potential new home for Community Corrections. The current facility, commonly referred to as the New York Building, is on Kendall Street between West 16th and 17th avenues.

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp at Dakota Ridge from June 2-July 2

    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a speed and agility camp June 2-July 2.
    The camp will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. and is open to incoming 2nd-8th graders. Cost is $85, which includes camp T-shirt.
    For more information and to print out a registration form, go to https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/.
    If you have any questions, contact head football coach Ron Woitalewicz at rwoitale@jeffco.k12.co.us.