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Today's News

  • Dance studio seeks rezoning to continue choreography

    A dance studio on West Quincy Avenue is walking through the steps to a rezoning in hopes of continuing to operate in its current location.

    True Dance Academy at 8950 W. Quincy Ave., across the street from the federal prison, was granted a “home occupation” exception in 2009 by the Board of Adjustment that permitted the dance lessons if the owner lived on the property. But business owner Shelly Trujillo now is seeking a zoning change, since she has not been living there.

  • Dinosaur Train coming to Morrison this weekend

    A “train” full of dinosaurs is coming to Morrison this weekend.

    Dinosaur Ridge will host the Dinosaur Train, an educational event based on the PBS children’s show that features colorful kid dinosaurs created by the company that brought you the Muppets. At the event, slated Friday through Sunday, kids can have their pictures taken with Buddy the T-Rex, examine dinosaur footprints and even dig for fossils.

  • Local skateboarder gets film project on wheels

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    In 2009, a group of 10 local teenagers set out to clean up the skate park at Clement Park in South Jeffco. They swept the concrete, painted over the abundant graffiti, and restored their skateboarding sanctuary.

    Fast-forward to the present, and that same group is now the subject of Nick Bruso’s skateboarding film, “The 8th Layer.”

  • Judge refuses to lift injunction on new-hire pay for teachers

    A Jeffco district judge last Thursday denied a school district request to lift an injunction that prevents the district from paying newly hired teachers at higher salary levels.

    Judge Christopher Zenisek upheld his May decision to freeze Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved new-hire pay levels, saying the policy could widen the pay gap between existing and newly hired teachers, and lead district employees to believe that the teachers union’s input “is not significant” in compensation discussions.

  • ACC lands federal grant for health information technology program

    Arapahoe Community College has been awarded a multimillion-dollar federal grant to expand the college’s health information technology program.

    The four-year, $2.39 million grant comes from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. ACC was one of 71 schools across the country to receive funds from the program this year.

  • Library’s new IT director hopes to expand digital offerings

    The new IT director at the Jeffco Public Library hopes to expand the reach of digital materials and services.

    Pat Klein, who officially takes over the information technology department this week, is excited to help his own community after working for the city of Denver’s IT department for the past 15 years. Klein is a resident of Golden.

  • Dakota Ridge camp teaches basics, accountability

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Shane Fujita had no idea taking his son to a baseball camp at the College of Southern Nevada some 10 years ago and renting the school’s baseball field for his National Adult Baseball Association promotion would lead to the development of the same at Dakota Ridge High School.

  • Gridiron trio get one final hurrah

    ALAMOSA — Matthew Gaiter didn’t let the situation slip away in the moment. The recent Chatfield Senior High graduate and defensive lineman knew this was it, one last high school football game before life moves forward.

    “It was a great feeling just to be able to come out here one more time before college,” said Gaiter just minutes after playing June 13 in the 59th annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game at Rex Field on the campus of Adams State University.

  • Summer camps all about continuity, getting better

    LAKEWOOD — Mike Deutsch, Chatfield’s veteran varsity girls basketball coach, sat at the end of the bench taking notes as he watched the Lady Chargers play at the Gold Crown Field House. He deferred coaching duties to Level III coach Liz Baker on June 11.

  • Judge rules names of teachers absent during sick-outs can be released

    A Jeffco district judge ruled Friday that the school district should not be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, rejecting the teachers union's claim that sick days should be protected as personnel data. 

    District Judge Christie Phillips wrote that the days public school teachers call in sick cannot be considered personnel or private medical information, and that teachers should not expect a right to privacy concerning sick days.