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Today's News

  • Morrison town board approves 2017 spending outline

    Morrison’s town board approved the 2017 budget on Dec. 6, a $5.2 million spending plan that continues to rely heavily on traffic fines for revenue.

    The budget calls for general-fund spending of $4 million and for $1.2 million in the utility-fund portion of the budget. Both funds will require contributions from the town’s reserve fund in 2017.

    Numerous capital projects are slated for 2017, including $450,000 for:

    • A new dispatch station for the police department.

    • Two new police vehicles.

  • Falcon Bluffs students get a lesson in health and fitness

    Sixth-graders from Falcon Bluffs Middle School stormed the cafeteria stage on Dec. 7 for a chance to learn a dance from two of the Denver Broncos’ cheerleaders.

    The opportunity to boogie with the Broncos came as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative, an in-school wellness program sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. Locally, the program is funded by the Western Dairy Association and the Broncos.

  • Riders, horses of all experience levels welcome at school

    Bring your shoulders up.

    Tighten up those reins.

    Don’t be afraid of contact.

    As one might expect, learning dressage — an equestrian sport signifying the highest expression of horse training — is a process. And, according to Corinne Lettau and Michelle Gibson, it’s one that even the best riders never fully master.

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • School board has 6 months to prove it’s up to the job

    With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Budget a key issue for lawmakers in 2017

    Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • Defending 5A wrestling champion Pomona blanks Jeffco foe Chatfield

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    ARVADA — For the second year in a row, Chatfield’s wrestling team was blanked by Pomona in a Class 5A Jeffco League dual.

    Last year the Panthers defeated the Chargers 77-0 in a dual at Chatfield Senior High School. On a snowy night Jan. 4, Pomona froze out Chatfield again in taking a 62-0 victory at Pomona High School.

  • Keene off to begin college journey

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    It was a celebration and a bit of a goodbye for Chatfield football standout Dalton Keene on Jan. 6.

    A couple of dozen students, coaches, faculty and family were on hand on the final day of winter break for students to give Keene a sendoff before he moves on. While National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Feb. 1, Keene will already be enrolled and taking classes at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., by then.

  • Lady Rebels escape Dakota Ridge in OT

    The Columbine Rebels’ girls’ basketball team narrowly defeated rival Dakota Ridge 60-57 with a scrappy overtime finish at home on Jan. 5.

    Despite being road-weary from a punishing schedule, the Lady Eagles (1-8) never allowed the Lady Rebels (6-2) to take more than a handful-of-points lead. In the second quarter, both teams hit a scoring slump — Columbine managing only six points to Dakota Ridge’s 10.

  • Chatfield dominant in road win at Lakewood

    By Dennis Pleuss 
    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — As Darth Vader said, “Impressive. Most impressive.”

    Chatfield’s boys basketball team made an emphatic statement in the Class 5A Jeffco League with a 90-58 road victory Jan. 7 against Lakewood.