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Today's News

  • Stitches in time: Jeffco inmates trim sentences by sewing hats, blankets for those in need

    Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.

  • Stitches in time: Jeffco inmates trim sentences by sewing hats, blankets for those in need

    Though he toils in the confines of the laundry room at the Jeffco jail, the handiwork of inmate Ivan Garcia is often found in unexpected places like hospitals and food banks.

    And as his co-workers dig into the daily drudgery of folding towels and blankets, Garcia sits down at a work station that typically isn’t included among the clichés that often populate jailhouse portrayals: a sewing machine.

  • Lesson Plans: Bradford students weigh in for charity

    It takes a prodigious number of coins to total $3,580 — about several hundred pounds worth, to be precise.

    But that’s exactly how much students at Bradford Intermediate School in Ken Caryl Ranch collected to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

  • Evening of the Arts show goes on at Ute Meadows

    The halls at Ute Meadows Elementary School were jammed the night of April 18, as families and schoolchildren enjoyed art in all its forms.

    The South Jeffco elementary held its ninth annual Evening of the Arts a day late due to weather, but the wet spring storm that pounded the area April 17 didn't damper the excitement.

    "This is amazing," said Beth Raczynski, a kindergarten specials teacher and volunteer at the school. "It's beyond words to see what each of the kids came up with."

  • 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.