Today's News

  • The right to free speech

    We were in England the last week of September to attend the play my daughter Alex directed for her final project to complete a master of fine arts degree from the East 15 Acting School in London. Whenever we travel abroad, I’m always fascinated to see what news from the United States seems to be the most important to the locals.

  • Education briefs

    Columbine principal resigns to take job in Aurora
    Three years after succeeding Frank DeAngelis as principal of Columbine High School, KC Somers resigned to take a position as a P-20 Learning Community Director with Aurora Public Schools.
    In a resignation letter dated Sept. 8, Somers expressed “mixed emotions” about his decision to take on the new role, which will see him provide leadership and support for students, teachers and principals across the Aurora school district instead of just at an individual school.

  • Jeffco introduces 2018 budget with average 3 percent pay increase

    Jeffco has proposed an average 3 percent increase in salaries and 2.5 percent increase in benefits for its employees for 2018. As a whole, the county would spend almost $11.5 million more on salaries and benefits than it did in its 2017 budget — a 4.7 percent increase.
    The county has a little more than 3,000 full-time and grant-funded employees; salaries and benefits has made up about half of the county’s expenditures the past several years, the Jeffco commissioners said.

  • No. 6 Chatfield stays undefeated in 5A Jeffco

    By Dennis Pleuss

    LITTLETON — Chatfield’s volleyball team is more than halfway to its goal of a second straight undefeated roll through the Class 5A Jeffco League.

    The Chargers, ranked No. 6 in the CHSAANow.com 5A volleyball poll, defeated rival Columbine on the Rebels’ home court 3-1 Tuesday night.

  • Chargers, Jaguars preparing for league cross country

    NORTHGLENN — Wind could not stop the D’Evelyn and Chatfield boys from racing well at Friday’s Pat Amato Classic at Northglenn’s Open Spaces Park, but the girls were no match for a nearby thunderstorm, which abruptly ended their competition midway through.

    After the botched race, none of the times for the 12 finishers counted, and most of the group didn’t make it to the end or get to run again. The boys, however, were done just in the nick of time, despite gale-force winds that disrupted their mojo halfway through the contest.

  • Golden softball slams home another 4A Jeffco win over D'Evelyn

    By Dennis Pleuss

    GOLDEN — In a softball game featuring 17 runs and 27 hits, it actually came down to pitching on Sept. 30 at Golden High School.

    Golden junior pitcher Cassidy Paulson retired 10 of 11 final D’Evelyn batters she faced to help the Demons, ranked No. 6 in the current CHSAANow.com Class 4A softball poll, to a 9-8 victory over their 4A Jeffco rival.

  • JCSO’s detention deputy academy in full swing

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series.

    The instructor shouted, “Taser, Taser, Taser.”

    There was a short pop as probes shot into Casey Buell-Schoenman’s left hamstring. Thousands of volts of electricity coursed through his body, and his muscles went rigid.

    After a few seconds, the voltage ceased and his fellow recruits gave him a small round of applause as Buell-Schoenman pushed himself off the mat and stood up.

  • JCHS says alleged forgery had little impact

    Jefferson County Human Services says the alleged forgery by its former employee had no negative implications for the children and families it serves.

    Richelle Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury, Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare casework with the county.

  • Event commemorates teenagers lost to suicide

    On a beautiful October morning, hundreds gathered at Clement Park to honor teenagers lost by suicide and to help raise money to prevent it.

    Although last Saturday’s 16th annual Second Wind Run/Walk did include a run and a walk, there was more to the day than that. Second Wind Fund staff, volunteers and community members congregated in South Jeffco for a fun-filled day, which included a short program, a memorial dove release, live music, family entertainment, sponsored booths and food. Mostly, though, the event was one of remembrance.

  • Morrison combating vehicle noise

    To some extent, noise will always be a concern for the town of Morrison.

    In a tourist-driven town that is home to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre and Bandimere Speedway, much of it is to be expected.

    Now board members are discussing ways to combat a different type of noise – sound from vehicles and altered exhaust systems. The idea has come up in board meetings before but was reinforced by a recent letter from a resident.