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Today's News

  • Family’s lawsuit: South Jeffco charter school board violated sunshine law

    By Jeffrey A. Roberts, For the Courier 

    A Jefferson County charter school violated Colorado’s Sunshine Law and retaliated against a family when the parents asked questions about their daughters’ education, a lawsuit claims.

  • Judge validates petitions of Keyser as GOP candidate in Senate primary

    After days of uncertainty about the validity of petitions that Morrison Republican Jon Keyser submitted as a U.S. Senate candidate, a Denver judge on Friday ordered the secretary of state to place his name on the primary election ballot.

    Secretary of State Wayne Williams had declared Keyser’s petitions insufficient because he was 86 signatures short in Congressional District 3, according to a line-by-line review by his office.

  • Peiffer Elementary students rev up their reading skills

    Students at Peiffer Elementary School have logged thousands of hours in reading time while participating in Race to Read, a program sponsored by Bandimere Speedway in Morrison.

    “The kids are so excited about it,” said Peiffer first-grade teacher Tanya Rodgers. “They can read anything they want.”

    The six-week program that Tami Bandimere-Shrader, granddaughter of the speedway founder, began 20 years ago has been around the track many times while expanding among area schools.

  • Youth volunteers restore eroded trail at Chatfield State Park

    A heavily eroded section of trail near the Audubon Center, a bird sanctuary and educational center at Chatfield State Park, now has a smooth path for hikers thanks to the efforts of high school students in the Cairn Youth Program of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado.

    South Jeffco resident Davis Bonner, a senior at Heritage High School, and others in the program worked April 23 to restore the trail, which had been washed out by rain.
    “Our job was to shovel crusher fine along the trail,” Bonner said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Morrison police to begin bicycle patrol in May

    While roads in Morrison are popular with area cycling enthusiasts, sometimes-heavy car traffic creates a need for everyone to take extra care and follow the rules of the road, authorities and a bicycling group say.

    Jennifer Barbour of Team Evergreen, an area cycling organization, says motorists sometimes don’t see bicycles while searching for parking or making their way through the small town.

    “You can pretty much just get run off the road,” Barbour said.

  • Front Range Christian School offering privately funded vouchers

    Front Range Christian School has launched a privately funded voucher program for families seeking a religious-school alternative for their children.

    A limited number of the “freedom vouchers,” which pay for partial tuition at the private school in South Jeffco, is available for families wishing to make a switch from a public school.

  • Face, voice of Jeffco Sheriff’s Office stepping down

    Jacki Kelley is accustomed to being associated with bad news.

    The head spokesperson for the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Kelley stood in the Conifer High School parking lot in 2012 and fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters and television crews just hours after a smoldering controlled burn on Foxton Road reignited into the deadly Lower North Fork Fire, which killed three people and destroyed more than 4,000 acres.