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Today's News

  • County assessor expecting a lot of protests on assessments

    Jefferson County Assessor Jim Everson expects more than 20,000 protests to flood his office when property owners get valuation notices May 1.

    Everson fears Jeffco residents won’t like the disconnect between actual property values now in the weak economy and the valuations based on sales data for June 2008.

    "Every assessor in the state is having the same problem," Everson said in his second-floor office April 16. "People are going to feel there's a disconnect. Most people think in current terms."

  • A virtual education: Jeffco schools to offer online degree for high school students

    Jefferson County Public Schools is offering high school students the opportunity to take classes and earn diplomas online, without ever stepping foot in a classroom.

    The 21st Century Virtual Academy is a newly created option school within the district. Enrollment is available to all Colorado residents under age 21 for no charge. Classes are accredited and comply with state standards.

  • Falcons hang tough in loss to Cougars

    Dave Sherman is the first to admit his Front Range Christian Falcons are keeping a steady hand and their feet on the ground.

    As for the victories, they’ve worked out pretty well so far.

    “Enough to win a lot of these games throughout the year,” the Falcons’ first-year skipper said.

    Ranked No. 10 in The Denver Post’s Class 2A poll, the Falcons wrapped up a postponed District 4 game April 24 against second-ranked Resurrection Christian at Clement Park with a good feeling.

  • Jeffco ruled by Rebels

    LAKEWOOD — With twice as many freshman and sophomores as they have upperclassmen, the future is bright for Columbine’s girls lacrosse team.

    Its present is pretty sunny, too.

    The Rebels enter the final week of the regular season with an unblemished record, thanks in large part to their fast-paced offensive attack. Columbine’s speed has been difficult for opponents to contain, and as a result, attackers and midfielders are scoring goals in bunches.

  • Lesson Plans: Leawood faculty losing pounds by the minute

    If you swing by Leawood Elementary School in South Jeffco on a Friday afternoon, you might see students wearing pink, purple or red.

    These aren’t the latest fashion trends. The colors are being worn by the students to show support for teachers and other school employees who are competing for the most workout minutes before March 20.

  • Chargers throttle Rams

    LAKEWOOD — Chatfield’s Kevin Joyce was just trying to make contact. The Green Mountain Rams couldn’t stop getting hit.

    Michael Camporeale was hobbled. The Rams were humbled April 22 as the Chargers frolicked to a 16-3 Class 5A Jefferson County League statement victory.

    The six-inning victory did nothing to alter Chatfield’s disappointing third-place finish in league, but it did give the Rams their first in-state loss of the season and remind people the Chargers can play as advertised when they put their heads in the game.

  • Rebels outlast Wildcats in OT

    ARVADA — Columbine’s girls soccer victory over Arvada West was measured in sweat and the blood of freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Phillips.

    Phillips lost a tooth, bloodied her mouth and was initially thought to have suffered a concussion April 23 when she went in for a save with four minutes remaining in a tie game and got kicked in the face by a Wildcats’ striker.

  • IREA holding pivotal election

    Results should be available Wednesday in pivotal elections for three seats on the board of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association.

    The three challengers all have been endorsed by IREA Voices, a group of co-op members who say IREA is mired in fossil-fuel thinking and lacks transparency in the way it does business.

    In District 5, challenger John Masson is facing off against incumbent Bruff Shea; in District 3, Mike Galvin is challenging Gene Sperry; and in District 7, Charles Bucknam is seeking to unseat George Hier.

  • Community remembers Columbine with candlelight vigil

    As former Columbine teacher Alan Cram handed out candles Sunday evening for a vigil to remember those who died on April 20, 1999, he pondered the lessons of the tragedy 10 years later.

    "I'm still concerned about the kids," Cram said. "It's too easy to let kids go off and do their thing. Without having support, it's pretty lonely out there. We need to be available for them."

  • ‘Sloppy’ accounting leaves Jeffco short of Head Start funds

    A fund that Jefferson County taps to meet its matching requirement for Head Start preschool services apparently is not large enough to cover the county’s obligations for this fiscal year.

    County staff determined last November that the social services fund will run dry before December, leaving the county $650,000 short for Head Start — and in violation of federal law.