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Today's News

  • Teachers union declares impasse

    Talks between the school district and the teachers union ended abruptly Monday evening when the union declared an impasse and left the bargaining table.

    “It has become clear … that this year’s bargaining process is broken and is disrespecting a 45-year tradition that has made us great,” said Stephie Rossi, bargaining chair for the Jeffco Education Association. “The JCEA team cannot meet the board’s interests if we don’t know what they are.”

  • Littleton Museum moooved to ballyhoo bovines

    Cows are marvelous creatures. And that’s no bull.

    The Littleton Museum paid tribute to the bovine residents on its two working historical farms with a Bovines are Divine Day on March 29. Visitors learned about how Littleton’s founding fathers and mothers depended on cows every day.

    And gave them a chance to moo like a cow. 

    “It was funny to see people mooing,” said Jade Roulston, 10, whose friends competed in the mooing contest. “It’s been great.”

  • Accident kills two on South Kipling

    A crash on South Kipling Parkway between Ken-Caryl Avenue and Chatfield Drive left two people dead on the evening of April 6.

    One of the drivers, Diane Iannella, 66 of Littleton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Armando Mendez, 39 of Littleton, was transported to Littleton Hospital where he died of his injuries.

  • Littleton hoping to foster neighborly niceties

    While it’s easy to meet people online, it often seems harder and harder to connect with people living next door. 

    Littleton wants to make it easier to be a good neighbor. The city has launched a new program to help residents develop a stronger sense of community and to foster better relationships between residents and city government.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Third-ranked Chargers unleash long ball in a 17-3 rout of Mullen

    Nick Chamberlain and Blake Moore drove in four runs each — both hitting homers — and Chatfield broke out for 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 17-3 win over Mullen on April 12.
    Brennan Gaber also homered for the third-ranked Chargers, who improved to 11-0 on the season.
    Jake Carstensen scored three times and Patrick Barder struck out six in the complete-game victory.

  • Rebels still finding their way

    LAKEWOOD — Alex Befus is in her first season coaching the Columbine Lady Rebels’ lacrosse program, and the learning curve has been a steep one. But Columbine is still plugging away, just like it did against fifth-ranked Cherry Creek on April 12 at Trailblazer Stadium.

  • McMinimee, defense put up a wall vs. Mullen

    DENVER — It’s easy to notice the likes of Kendra Lanuza, Shelby Piper and Rachael Walker when talking about catalysts for Chatfield Lady Chargers’ girls lacrosse team. After all, they’ve combined to score 101 goals already this season. But Chatfield’s defense has more than held its own as well.

  • Lady Chargers stay on track in 5A Jeffco

    The first time Grace Koza and Madison Vanosdoll met this season at the Western Slope Invitational, they didn’t know what to expect. The pace of playing at No. 1 singles was unlike anything they’ve faced before.
    But the experience was a good one, even if Koza dominated on the scoreboard. It allowed Chatfield and Columbine’s No. 1 singles players to not just gain some camaraderie with each other, but it served as a feeling-out process for the rematch April 11 at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.

  • District seeks to revive talks with teachers

    In an effort to restart contract talks, the Jeffco school board has asked the teachers union what it would take for union negotiators to return to the bargaining table.

    “I think it’s in the board’s best interest to keep JCEA at the (bargaining) table,” board member Lesley Dahlkemper said at Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Reading traditions in school are cool

    Dakota Ridge High School teacher-librarian John Williams has been hosting a Read Across America Day for 11 years. This year, second-graders from Mount Carbon Elementary visited the DRHS library to listen to high school students, teachers, staff and community members read aloud.

    “It’s important to instill the love of reading,” said Williams. “They have the opportunity to hear that everybody reads.”

    Mount Carbon second-grade teacher Suzanne Swank said the visit has an added benefit.