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Today's News

  • Marijuana dispensary open in South Jeffco - for now

    Medical marijuana has made its way to South Jeffco.

    Despite a lack of zoning regulations that would allow their legal existence, pot dispensaries have recently sprouted intermittently in unincorporated Jefferson County.

    A few such businesses have ceased their marijuana-distribution operations after being cited for zoning violations, but at least one dispensary has remained open for more than two months.

  • Answers from Emile

    Question: What happened to the temporary classroom building on the west side of Colorow Elementary? Is the school planning new construction?

  • Ken Caryl Middle School gets reprieve

    Ken Caryl Middle School apparently will remain open.

    The Jeffco school board gathered for a special meeting Jan. 9 and ultimately decided that closing the school is not a viable option, despite a recommendation from a district committee to shutter the school and send its students to Deer Creek Middle School.

    “That wasn’t a solution anymore,” board member Paula Noonan said of the informal vote to remove the option from consideration.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Connie Wilson

      Teacher Connie Wilson knows there’s more than one way to teach math.

    “As a child, I was dyslexic. I’m still dyslexic,” she said. “I struggled with it as a child.”

    Through her difficulty in learning to read, Wilson discovered the power of approaching a subject with different strategies. The Ken Caryl Middle School teacher didn’t learn the same way most children did, and she doesn’t expect her seventh-grade students to either.

  • Chargers till the ground with Farmers

    WHEAT RIDGE — There’s winning and then there’s dominating.

    To say that the Chatfield Chargers won their wrestling match against Wheat Ridge on Jan. 14 wouldn’t do the team justice. They dominated.

    The Chargers made it look easy as their wrestlers quickly pinned the Farmers in almost every match and coasted to a 72-12 victory as they hope to improve their No. 12 ranking in class 5A.

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Jaye Shomaker

      Life can take people in unexpected directions. Jaye Shomaker knows this well.

    “I was actually a hairdresser,” said the seventh-grade science teacher at Ken Caryl Middle School.

    Prior to venturing into the classroom, Shomaker cut and styled hair — often for teachers.

    “I just became interested in just hearing their stories,” she said.

  • Hartman to serve as county board chair

      County Commissioner Kathy Hartman was elected Tuesday to chair the Board of County Commissioners.

    Commissioner Faye Griffin voted last Tuesday in favor of Hartman, who served in the position prior to former board chair Commissioner Kevin McCasky.

    “Being chairman means you spend an extra 30 minutes signing documents, and you still only have one vote,” Hartman said. “I have plenty to do already, but I think it’s better for staff.”

  • Chargers' upset bid falls short

    There’s a lot of crimson on the Chatfield sweaters for a reason.

    “You know, they play with a lot of heart,” Chargers coach Bradd Markusch said Jan. 8 after Chatfield lost 3-0 at the Edge to Ralston Valley, arguably the best team in the state this season.

    “This is a game that they get up for because the competition is great,” he said. “We just seem to play up to that kind of competition. The guys were really psyched for this game.”

  • Strong relays, good depth lead Chargers to victory

    Haley Lowe is an aquatic sprinter.

    So when the Chatfield junior was sent to the water at the Ridge rec center Jan. 8 to swim the 500-yard freestyle event, which is like asking a drag racer to steer a Winnebago across the country, she didn’t question it or suspect it was any kind of secretive punishment.

    “No, they wanted me to swim it,” Lowe said pragmatically.

    And swim she did. Although she was shooting for a lower time, Lowe still placed second in the event with a time of 6 minutes, 3.13 seconds to help the Chargers defeat Evergreen 171-135.

  • Will a third-party movement emerge?

    As I write this column, I’m looking at an online Denver Post story announcing that my friend and former colleague in the state House, Kathleen Curry, has renounced her affiliation with the Democratic Party and is now officially “independent.” It comes as a surprise only insofar as sitting elected officials rarely leave their parties. That said, Curry, who hails from Gunnison, has always had an independent streak.