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Today's News

  • Bennet meets Littleton Hawks U16 AA hockey team

    Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet met with members of the Littleton Hawks U16 AA Hockey Team and their coaches during the team’s recent visit to Washington., D.C.
    The team, in the nation’s capital to compete in a national tournament with 47 other teams from around the country, stopped by Bennet’s office and toured the U.S. Capitol.

  • No classes today at Columbine High School

    Classes were canceled today at Columbine High School in observance of the anniversary of the 1999 shootings. Teachers are using the day for staff development purposes.

    Extracurricular activities, such as the spring play rehearsal and cheerleader and pompom tryouts, are still scheduled.

    Twelve students and teacher Dave Sanders died in the attack on the school by gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

  • Jeffco, Boulder poised to sign pact on Jefferson Parkway

     

    Jeffco and Boulder were poised to sign a major agreement on the Jefferson Parkway on Tuesday, apparently having resolved a squabble over an opposition letter Boulder sent in February to the secretary of the interior.

    If the entities approve the intergovernmental agreement, Jeffco will effectively use $5 million in Open Space funds to buy Boulder’s cooperation on the toll road, the construction of which it has long resisted. The money would be used to help acquire 640 acres of land in Rocky Flats that would eventually become a wildlife refuge.

  • California coach arrested in Jeffco on luring charge

    A California volleyball coach was arrested April 8 in Jefferson County on suspicion of Internet luring of a child.

    Kyle Kvasnicka, 30, who was the head coach of the women’s volleyball team at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., is suspected of sending numerous sexually explicit messages to an undercover investigator posing as a 15-year-old girl.

  • Music fest coming to Botanic Gardens in August

    A multi-genre music festival featuring the rock band Everclear is expected to attract 5,000 concertgoers this summer at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and the promoter is already planning to hold the event annually.

    The Rocky Mountain Music Festival, scheduled to make its debut Aug. 28, will feature at least 19 rock, blues and country bands on three stages.

  • Former state representative Witwer named to state reapportionment commission

    Boundaries for Colorado’s 35 state Senate and 65 state House districts are being redrawn this year, and former state Rep. Rob Witwer will be holding one of the pencils.

    Witwer, an Evergreen native who served in the state House from 2005 to 2009, was appointed last week by House Speaker Frank McNulty to the 11-member commission.

    Redistricting of state legislative boundaries takes place every decade, following the U.S. Census. Districts are drawn to reflect population changes, with each district ideally having about the same number of residents.

  • Loss of teachers among concerns at budget forum

    The elimination of scores of teaching positions and the potential demise of the Outdoor Lab program were among concerns raised April 16 by a small group of constituents at a Jeffco Public Schools budget forum in South Jeffco.

    Board of Education member Paula Noonan and school staff fielded questions at Columbine High School about the district’s budget, which faces cuts of nearly $40 million in the coming academic year. Jeffco’s reliance on temporary classroom buildings and the use of instructional coaches were also of concern to attendees.

  • A symbol of unity and resolve

    A small gathering of local residents waited patiently on April 13 at Columbine High School, where each made a ceremonious stitch in a patch for the National 9/11 Flag.

    The partially restored banner — which was found in October 2001 hanging from wreckage at 90 West St. across from the Twin Towers — now contains pieces of flags from across the country, including threads from the historic Lincoln Flag and, now, shreds from a former Leawood Elementary School flag.

  • Implications of state budget cuts very real

    Before the legislative session even started, we all knew that developing and passing Colorado’s budget for fiscal 2011-12 would be a terrible ordeal. After years of cutting the budget, there would have to be additional cuts of around $1 billion. In addition, term limits had created a Joint Budget Committee with little previous experience (only three years on the committee among its six members), and split control of the legislature meant the committee would be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.

  • Challenging math for Jeffco schools

    By Paula Noonan
    Thirty Jefferson County public schools recently received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award or the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award for academic achievement and acaddemic growth in 2010. The Colorado Board of Education and governor give the awards to the 8 percent of schools that score highest in each category.
    Other numbers for Jeffco are not so great. The state legislature has finally put together the school finance bill that provides funding for all school districts in Colorado. Funding is on the down side of an arc.