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Today's News

  • Two Jeffco schools to close Friday amid rumored 'sick-out' by teachers

    A rumored district-wide “sick-out” by teachers will close two schools and threatens to close more Friday morning in Jefferson County.

    Jeffco Public Schools confirmed Friday morning that classes at Conifer High School and Standley Lake High School in Westminster have been canceled Friday due to the high number of teacher absences.

  • Chaos returns to Jeffco school board

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

    After the movie “Jaws” made people so afraid of shark attacks in 1975 that there was a demonstrated reduction of swimming in the ocean, the marketing people at Universal Studios came up with perhaps the most memorable tagline in move history when they introduced “Jaws 2” in 1978 with: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.”

  • Suburban art gallery offers some urban flavor

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Paintings and photographs line the walls above an array of eclectic furniture, a chalkboard over a small bar advertises loose-leaf teas, and jazz plays softly in the background.

    Such a setting might be commonplace in the arts district on Santa Fe Drive near downtown Denver, but Foothills Green Gallery is in a South Jeffco strip mall, surrounded by subdivisions and several miles away from the nearest artsy hangout. 

  • Hunting for history: Hundreds pursue the past during scavenger hunt

    By Stephanie Alderton, Staff Writer

    Treasure hunters of all ages went looking for the past on Littleton’s historic Main Street last Saturday.

    Historic Littleton Inc. kicked off its third annual scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. to the music of a barbershop quartet outside the Town Hall Arts Center. Each group of contestants received a ballot containing clues and a map to the 15 local businesses where the answers could be found. 

  • Sun shines on Summerset Festival

    The Summerset Festival was back at full strength last weekend as attendees soaked up the sunny weather that was missing last year. 

    The festival, which draws about 30,000 people to Clement Park during the three-day event, was canceled by wet weather in 2013 for the first time in its 30-year history. Yet even the potential for snow on Friday, opening day, wasn’t enough to dampen the excitement. 

  • County’s pot task force against retail sales

    Jeffco’s marijuana task force is recommending that the county remain on the sidelines of the state’s new retail marijuana industry spurred by Amendment 64. 

  • Littleton Planning Board OKs two urban renewal plans

    The Littleton Planning Board approved the urban renewal plans for Columbine Square and the South Santa Fe Drive corridor after taking two meetings to reach the decision. 

    The board agreed on Sept. 11 that the two plans presented by the city’s urban renewal authority, Littleton Invests For Tomorrow, comply with Littleton’s comprehensive plan, the document that guides development in the city. The board had extended the discussion of the plans after its Aug. 25 meeting. 

  • Cultural Council seeking three new members

    The Jefferson County Cultural Council, the group that makes recommendations for grants from the metro area’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, is seeking three new members. 

    The county is seeking one member from District 1, the northern part of Jeffco, along with two members from District 3, the southern part of the county. Members are selected by the county commissioners and serve a three-year term.  

  • Inter-Canyon board anticipates legal needs

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District might find itself involved in more legal affairs before the end of the year.

    At last Wednesday’s meeting, Inter-Canyon’s Board of Directors discussed hiring an outside attorney to look at the entire department’s actions the previous four years.  

    “We need somebody not currently associated with any of us to review what has transpired and what actions this board should take moving forward,” said Karl Firor, board treasurer.

  • School board to form curriculum committee

    The Jeffco school board will form a committee Thursday night to examine and evaluate the district’s curriculum.

    Details on the direction and role of the committee are now listed on the Sept. 18 agenda, located at www.jeffcopublicschools.org.

    “The charge to the committee is to review curricular choices for conformity to Jeffco academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials,” according to the committee guidelines.