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Today's News

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Veronica Maes

      The most important part of Veronica Maes’ job might just be taking a few minutes to converse with students. The assistant principal at Ken Caryl Middle School drops into the cafeteria every day with principal Pat Sandos to catch up with kids and see how life is treating them.

    “It’s the highlight of my day,” said Maes, now well into her second year at the school. “The students are used to seeing Pat and I out at lunch every day. We interact with them. We try and make it fun.”

  • Ken Caryl Middle School teacher profile: Kiley Mack

      The process of learning how to be an effective teacher is fresh in the minds of many of the predominantly young faculty at Ken Caryl Middle School.

    With a modest five years of experience, science teacher Kiley Mack is no exception.

  • 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.”