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Today's News

  • School closed due to flu will reopen

    A Jeffco Public Schools charter school in Arvada was expected to reopen May 7 after closing for several days when one of its students tested positive for the H1N1 flu.

    Lynn Setzer, spokeswoman for the district, said the student is expected to make a full recovery, but Excel Academy was closed "as a precaution." The school's 450 students were working from home.

  • Jeffco school employees say they’re underpaid: But most think they are effective at work

    Jeffco Public Schools' employees generally believe they are effective in their jobs, feel safe at work and have positive relationships with their supervisors, according to a recent survey.

    But the workers surveyed, which included teachers, staff and administrators, continue to feel they are not paid fairly for the work they do and aren't paid according to market value.

  • Hammer was used in South Jeffco slaying

    A hammer reportedly was the weapon used in the slaying of a woman found dead at a South Jeffco apartment on April 24, according to documents from the Jefferson County district attorney's office.

  • Angels boot Rebels in opening round

    DENVER — The Angels were merciful May 5. But only for about 50 minutes.

    That’s when Denver East finally put the ball into the back of the Columbine goal to usher the Rebels out of the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs.

    The 2-0 defeat, however, appeared to be headed in a much different direction early on.

    After giving up a quick corner kick, the Angels dominated the first half. They kissed the ball off the Rebels’ goal twice, hit the crossbar once and forced three saves from backup goalkeeper Bri Klomp.

  • Man commits suicide outside Jeffco coroner's office

    A man apparently committed suicide outside the Jefferson County coroner's office in Golden on May 1.

    Officer Jeff Hesalroad, spokesman for the Golden Police Department, said officers were notified that a body had been found in the parking lot outside the coroner’s office at 11:19 a.m. May 1, and they arrived within minutes.

    The name of the deceased wasn't being released, pending notification of family. No other details were released about the death.

    It is "still very much an active investigation," Hesalroad said.

  • Students pay tribute to teachers

    The annual Teacher Appreciation Night was memorable not only because it was the 10th annual event of its kind — it was also the first time the event had to be postponed due to weather.

    Heavy snow and poor driving conditions prompted organizers to cancel the dinner on Friday, April 17, and the event was rescheduled for May 3.

    At Saturday’s dinner, 12 Chatfield Senior High teachers were honored by graduating seniors. Two other teachers, one from Bradford Intermediate School and one from Stony Creek Elementary School, were also honored.

  • Eagles overcome officials, Spartans

    LAKEWOOD — The Dakota Ridge Eagles had their hands – and minds – full on May 6.

    In the first round of the Class 5A state soccer playoffs, the Eagles had to stop the Doherty Spartans, Mr. Roboto the animated referee, and the demons in their heads.

    The Spartans eventually fell in overtime, despite the best efforts of some bizarre refereeing decisions, and senior Emily Holley overcame a host of missed shots and saved shots to hit the biggest shot.

  • Chargers reach quarters for second straight season

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — To be a good goalie in lacrosse, you not only have to be daring – after all, who voluntarily signs up to have a hard rubber ball thrown at them at high speeds? – you have to be sharp.

    If your reflexes aren’t cat-like, you’re in trouble.

    Thankfully for the Chatfield boys lacrosse team, they have one heck of a net-minder.

  • Fighting back: 16th annual Courage Walk brings crime victims and victim advocates together

    Although the thermometer dipped to chilly environs the morning of May 2, the warmth among people gathered under pavilion No. 6 at Clement Park was palpable.

    They were about to embark on the 16th annual Courage Walk, in which crime victims and their families joined with victim advocates in a fund-raiser that brought in $3,268. The proceeds from the event, which coincided with National Crime Victims Rights Week, will help maintain the Courage Garden at the Jeffco Courts and Administration Building.

  • Drug-ring leader sentenced to 16 years

    The ringleader of a multi-state drug-trafficking ring was sentenced to 16 years in prison on April 30, nearly a year after Jeffco authorities announced 23 indictments in the case.