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Today's News

  • Jeffco schools could face personnel cutbacks

      Jeffco Public Schools could cut 344 teachers and staff over the next two years to help reduce the district’s operating costs in the face of a massive budget shortfall.

    A draft by the budget advisory committee recommends an 8 percent reduction in spending in the general fund, out of which most teaching positions are funded. The district could also cut about 94 full-time jobs in support services, 16 in the division of instruction and others in various departments.

  • Former Ken Caryl Middle School teacher arrested on Internet luring charge

      A former South Jeffco middle-school teacher of 34 years recently was arrested on suspicion of propositioning an undercover police officer who was posing online as a 14-year-old girl.

    Lawrence Haverland, who began teaching at Ken Caryl Middle School in 1970 and retired from the school in 2004, was arrested Nov. 5 by Pueblo police. The former teacher allegedly initiated the online liaison with the undercover officer on Sept.

  • Jeffco settles suit in death of jail inmate

      Jefferson County last week settled a lawsuit surrounding the 2005 death of an inmate in the jail.

    An unspecified amount will be given to plaintiff Kathie Sims, whose son Anthony was found dead in the jail on Nov. 1, 2005. Anthony was in custody and facing charges related to sexual assault on a child at the time of his death.

    The Sheriff’s Office completed an investigation and ultimately determined Anthony’s death was a suicide, said spokeswoman Jacki Kelley.

  • Spond's future lay in his past

    Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Basque missionary, is credited with writing: “Give me the children until they are seven, and anyone may have them afterward.”

    Supporters (and some critics) of the Catholic Church mention Xavier when highlighting the lasting influence the religion has on its members. Score another victory this week for Rome in the football recruiting wars.

  • Courier's ph

    Our apologies to customers and readers of the Courier who were unable to reach us this morning via phone or e-mail. Our technical difficulties have been addressed, and you can now call 303-674-1036 for general assistance or 303-674-1039 to reach the news room. Our standard e-mail addresses are also back up and running.

  • Sheriff honors two men for preventing DUI

    Two men who followed an intoxicated man to a pub’s parking lot and pulled the key out of his car’s ignition were honored last week by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

    Capt. Patricia Woodin awarded Jefferson County commemorative coins to Q’s Pub & Grille, customer Mike Vanselow and Rich Rice, an off-the-clock bartender.

    “This person was clearly in no condition to drive,” Rice said. “He would’ve hurt himself or someone else.”

  • A gargantuan task: Big-time sculptures being installed at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

      Several of the gargantuan bronze works of celebrated British sculptor Henry Moore have arrived at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.

    “Draped Reclining Mother and Baby,” an abstract piece from 1983 that weighs 4,400 pounds, and “Large Two Forms,” a curvy two-piece installation that totals 6,000 pounds, will be on display from March 8 until Jan. 31, 2011.

  • Ise, Ise, baby

    ARVADA — If you have to step up to take some game-winning free throws, it helps to have a nickname like “Ice.”

    OK, so maybe it’s more like “Ise,” but Columbine senior Nick Isenburg was the perfect guy to put an end to a maddening fourth quarter Jan. 27 against Arvada West.

    Having watched the Rebels stall just long enough to turn the ball over or miss a series of wide-open layups, Isenburg was put on the free-throw line with 9 seconds remaining and the visitors down 46-45.

  • New superhero: Kurtenbach

    ARVADA — Kate Kurtenbach practices to be amazing.

    But seriously, to hit two 3-pointers Jan. 26, the first from just inside half-court to send the game into overtime, and the other with 12 seconds left to give Chatfield a 65-64 victory over Ralston Valley? Who does this stuff?

    “I practice those all the time. I seriously do,” Kurtenbach said. “Usually from half-court. So I was just like, ‘OK, I’ve been here before.’ And when it went in I just went ecstatic.”

  • Morris-led Eagles down Standley Lake

    After losing three of their first five Jeffco league games, the Dakota Ridge girls basketball team entered last week’s two-game homestand needing to win both games to get back in the race. Mission accomplished.

    After beating Pomona 47-29 on Jan. 26, the Eagles overcame an early eight-point deficit to defeat Standley lake 58-46 three days later.

    “These wins are really important,” Dakota Ridge sophomore Kylie Morris said.