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Today's News

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools.

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Board mulls grade shuffling, elementary school mergers

    A facilities master plan unveiled at last Thursday’s meeting of the Jeffco school board would require a bond issue to address capital needs among the district’s aging schools. 

    In a presentation of the plan, Superintendent Dan McMinimee and facilities staff recommended reconfiguring grades at a number of elementary and middle schools, adjusting matriculation boundaries, and making significant renovations at schools across the district — all in a bid to address aging facilities within current budget limitations.

  • Proposed development in Rooney Valley opposed

    Plans for an auto dealership and mini-storage facility at C-470 and West Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge are meeting with significant opposition.

    More than 10,000 people have signed an online petition objecting to a proposal to rezone properties northwest and southeast of the intersection. And an informal community group has been formed to challenge the proposed development in the scenic Rooney Valley.

    Three Dinos LLC has filed preliminary documents requesting the rezoning.

  • Development at Kipling, Quincy to have 54 homes

    Construction workers are busy framing homes and grading lots at Quincy Lake Pointe, a residential development at South Kipling Street and West Quincy Avenue.

    As of last week, 33 of 54 lots on the 11-acre site had been sold to homebuyers, said Christy Ross, spokesperson for Richmond American Homes, developer of the project.

    Buyers can choose from five available plans for homes up to approximately 3,000 square feet in size. A one-level ranch plan and four two-story plans are among selections. Lot sizes average 5,500 square feet.

  • Merger of two fire districts proceeding smoothly, West Metro chief says

    The merger of the West Metro and Wheat Ridge fire protection districts that took place April 15 has been moving forward with few problems, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

    “It’s been going really well,” Lombardi said, speaking at the April 19 meeting of the West Metro board.

  • A chocolate-flavored musical at Mortensen Elementary

    Students at Mortensen Elementary School were hard at theatrical work as they rehearsed a nutty scene in the musical “Willy Wonka Jr.” last Thursday afternoon.

    Using large paper versions of nuts, the young actors portraying squirrels tested them for quality on a “nut-o-meter” while other characters sang and danced on the school stage.

    In the lead role of candy wizard Willy Wonka, student Riley Niblo-Miller commanded the stage in a tall black hat as he ran lines with other actors.

  • Launch of trail maps leads to a festive occasion

    Last Thursday’s official launch of comprehensive trail maps for the county pointed the way to a feeling of a job well done.

    Jeffco Open Space staff and a host of supporters and sponsors of the regional maps project gathered at Lookout Mountain Nature Center to celebrate its successful completion.

    “It’s a pretty amazing collaborative effort,” said Katie Matthews, spokeswoman for Jeffco Open Space.

  • Son of Holocaust survivor continues shoe project to help needy, raise awareness

    A large pile of shoes sits in the hallway of Deer Creek Middle School. They represent a sad reminder of the Holocaust — and teacher Alan Morawiec’s project to help people while raising awareness of the genocide that occurred in Germany and other European countries in the World War II era.

  • Dakota Ridge stays in league hunt

    LAKEWOOD — Dakota Ridge’s girls soccer team is doing everything it can to make the big dance.

    The Eagles (5-7, 3-1 in Class 5A Jeffco League) has won four of their last five games, including a trio of conference victories. The goal is to grab one of the three automatic bids to the 32-team state tournament that are awarded to the top three teams in 5A Jeffco.

  • D’Evelyn not able to solve Kapande in shutout loss

    DENVER — Image if the slider was working for Evergreen senior pitcher Dane Kapande on April 23 at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School.

    Kapande could have very well thrown a no-hitter in the Class 4A Jeffco League game against D’Evelyn. Instead, the Cougars’ ace had to settle for a 5-0 victory throwing 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up two hits while striking out 14 batters.