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Today's News

  • School board gets briefing on school-finance legislation

    Legislation that would overhaul the way Colorado’s public schools are funded was the main topic during a meeting of the Jeffco school board on Feb. 28.

    The district’s lobbyist at the state legislature, Ed Bowditch, reported on a bill by state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, that is designed to allocate state funds more equitably among school districts.

    “It’s really too early to fully talk about it because everything (with the bill) is just now taking shape,” Bowditch told the board.

  • Graduation rates rise in Jefferson County high schools

    The Jeffco School District has seen another increase in the number of students graduating from high school on time. 

    For the 2011-12 school year, Jeffco’s high schools saw an on-time graduation rate of 81.4 percent, an increase of 2.3 percent over the previous year and a 3.3 percent increase since 2009.  

    The increase was slightly bigger than the jump the state saw overall. Colorado had a 75.4 percent on-time graduation rate for 2011-12. 

  • Gun control in sights at Everett town hall

    State Rep. Justin Everett, R-District 22, held his first town hall meeting as an elected official, and the tense political climate at the state Capitol was reflected in several contentious exchanges. 

    Several people present, including Everett’s Democratic challenger in last November’s election, Mary Parker, challenged Everett on his opposition to gun-control legislation. The discussion became heated at times, with Everett and the gun-control advocates talking over each other. 

  • Littleton Planning Board approves rezoning for Breckenridge Brewery

    Breckenridge Brewery’s big move to Littleton is one step closer to being a reality. 

    Littleton’s planning board voted 7-0 to approve rezoning of the proposed site of the new brewery, at 6775 and 6855 S. Santa Fe Drive. Currently the 19-acre property is home to two landscaping businesses. 

    One of those businesses, Designs by Sundown, plans to expand on the property as well, adding a new corporate office and more storage. 

  • Stitches in time

    With a fire in the hearth and a pot of tea at their side, three women worked stitch by stitch Saturday to help move along a five-year project at the Littleton Museum’s living 1860s farm. 

    The kaleidoscope-patterned quilt was being created in the same way it would have been more than 150 years ago. Andrea Wilhelm, one of the women gathered around the frame holding the three layers of the quilt together, is the part-time interpreter at the museum. 

  • Gun control’s unintended consequences

    As a student living on Chicago’s south side in the early 1990s, I understood that the beginning of spring brought not only warmer days, but the sound of gunfire at night. Sometimes it would be the single shot from a handgun, and occasionally it would be the “pop-pop-pop” of a semi-automatic weapon. 

     

  • SWARM looking to get back on track in 2013

    They’re at polar-opposite ends of the spectrum. One team is a state powerhouse coming off a Division II championship. The other is trying to find its footing again.
    PAC Rugby, made up of players from Conifer, Platte Canyon and Evergreen high schools, finally got the monkey off its back in 2012, winning the Rugby Colorado Division II state title in its third straight trip to the finals. The victory over Grand Gents last May, however, is hopefully just the beginning, head coach Hugh Miller said.

  • Girls basketball: Chatfield ousted from state tourney in 2nd round

    AURORA — Natalie Halbleib scored 16 points and Natasha Edge added 15 as host Grandview scored a 61-32 victory over Chatfield in the second round of the 5A state girls basketball tournament on March 1.
    The loss ended Chatfield’s season with an 11-14 mark.

  • Don’t make a stink — think pink

    During the first couple months of this year’s legislative session, I supported a bill on which the opponents didn’t feel at all constrained by either the truth or any kind of ethical behavior. And while my policy not to write about things I work on will spare you the details, it reminded me of a learning experience I had early in my career.

     

  • Chargers overcome slow start to reach Sweet 16

    Eight days, especially for a team on a 20-game winning streak, is a long time between games. Chatfield’s first-quarter shooting woes showed as much. Yet, even after shooting just 4-for-20 from the field in the game’s opening eight minutes, it was no excuse.