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Today's News

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    What a drag

  • West Metro might shut down fire engine in Ken-Caryl

    West Metro Fire Rescue is considering shutting down a fire engine in the Ken-Caryl area, along with reducing staff, to cut costs after voters rejected a tax increase in May.

    The proposed cuts, including shutting down the fire engine at Station 14 with its three firefighters in Ken-Caryl Ranch near West Chatfield Avenue and South Kipling Street, would amount to $2.1 million in next year’s budget if the cuts are approved by the district's Board of Directors, said Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Board approves Witt's pay plan for teachers on 3-2 vote

    The Jeffco school board approved a new teacher compensation plan at last Thursday’s meeting that ties pay raises to performance. 

    Under the new plan, “partially effective” teachers who are still in their first three years will receive a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated “effective” will receive a 2.43 percent raise. Teachers rated “highly effective” will receive a 4.25 percent raise.

  • Mortensen Elementary turns 20

    By Stephanie Alderton

    Staff Writer

    Twenty years ago, the gym at Mortensen Elementary had pink walls before the school's first students came through the doors.

    Last Thursday afternoon it echoed with the voices of more than 400 students, staff and guests wishing happy birthday to the school. And the walls were a less-eye-popping gray.

  • Jeffco school board tables controversial curriculum committee

    The Jeffco Board of Education tabled last Thursday its proposal to create a curriculum committee tasked with evaluating the district’s Advanced Placement history class after heated discussion at the meeting and dissension from the PTA earlier in last week.

     “I have to say, I find this resolution chilling,” said board member Lesley Dahlkemper after reading the proposed guidelines for the committee.

  • For Jeffco students, this pendulum is the pits

    “The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

    — Woodrow Wilson 

     

     I have remained stubbornly silent about the new school board majority for many months, mainly because I felt the three new members deserved a chance to prove that the hysteria about hidden agendas was an overreaction.

  • Jarecki, Chargers stymie Rebels

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Chatfield coach Nicole Janssen and Brooks Roybal, her Columbine counterpart, bemoan their softball teams’ inconsistency this season. Fortunately for the Lady Chargers, that doesn’t necessarily apply to pitcher Jessica Jarecki.