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Today's News

  • Jeffco school board votes to search for new superintendent

    The Jeffco school board voted unanimously Thursday night to search for a replacement for Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

    Citing weaknesses in McMinimee's performance — including his communication skills and management expertise — as well as a lack of trust among the “district's constituents,” school board members expressed a desire for a leader that can take Jeffco Public Schools “to the next level.”

  • School board has 6 months to prove it’s up to the job

    With the new year, an election facing three members of the Jefferson County school board in November, and the failure of the bond and mill request in 2016, it’s time for the current board to take stock.

    This board, all five members, won their seats based on a call for increased transparency but has recently violated transparency principles in its handling of the employment of the current superintendent. It promised outreach to the community but received a resounding “you didn’t listen to us” message from citizens when the bond and mill went down.

  • Budget a key issue for lawmakers in 2017

    Day one! Today marks the opening of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly. For the next 120 days, legislators from throughout Colorado will be responsible for doing the people’s business.

  • Defending 5A wrestling champion Pomona blanks Jeffco foe Chatfield

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    ARVADA — For the second year in a row, Chatfield’s wrestling team was blanked by Pomona in a Class 5A Jeffco League dual.

    Last year the Panthers defeated the Chargers 77-0 in a dual at Chatfield Senior High School. On a snowy night Jan. 4, Pomona froze out Chatfield again in taking a 62-0 victory at Pomona High School.

  • Keene off to begin college journey

    By Dennis Pleuss
    Jeffco Public Schools

    It was a celebration and a bit of a goodbye for Chatfield football standout Dalton Keene on Jan. 6.

    A couple of dozen students, coaches, faculty and family were on hand on the final day of winter break for students to give Keene a sendoff before he moves on. While National Letter of Intent Signing Day is Feb. 1, Keene will already be enrolled and taking classes at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., by then.

  • Lady Rebels escape Dakota Ridge in OT

    The Columbine Rebels’ girls’ basketball team narrowly defeated rival Dakota Ridge 60-57 with a scrappy overtime finish at home on Jan. 5.

    Despite being road-weary from a punishing schedule, the Lady Eagles (1-8) never allowed the Lady Rebels (6-2) to take more than a handful-of-points lead. In the second quarter, both teams hit a scoring slump — Columbine managing only six points to Dakota Ridge’s 10.

  • Chatfield dominant in road win at Lakewood

    By Dennis Pleuss 
    Jeffco Public Schools

    LAKEWOOD — As Darth Vader said, “Impressive. Most impressive.”

    Chatfield’s boys basketball team made an emphatic statement in the Class 5A Jeffco League with a 90-58 road victory Jan. 7 against Lakewood. 

  • McNutly, Eagles upend Rebels

    If hearing voices in your head makes you crazy, then Dakota Ridge sophomore Greg McNulty is crazy like a fox.

    McNulty was instrumental in the Eagles’ 56-54 victory over Columbine on Jan. 5,  scoring 10 points on 10 free throw attempts and all in the fourth quarter. That helped the Eagles (2-8) hand previously unbeaten Columbine its first loss of the season.

    But, jokingly, McNulty attributed his cool under pressure mentality to “the guy living in my head.”

  • Cougars get in a zone early vs. Jaguars

    EVERGREEN — The fact that top-ranked Evergreen started out in a 2-3 zone against a D’Evelyn team built on its outside shooting was a peculiar decision. 

    It’s not what one would expect. But it worked like a charm for the Lady Cougars.

  • Students gather to honor shooting victim

    With illumination from the evening stars and the flicker of candles, dozens gathered Dec. 28 at Clement Park to mourn the death of Nathaniel Griego.

    The 14-year-old Dakota Ridge High School freshman died several days after being shot on Dec. 23 by a 15-year-old friend at his South Jeffco home, according to authorities.

    Friends, acquaintances and peers from Dakota Ridge, Columbine and Chatfield high schools gathered to share a prayer, a hug or a kind memory of Griego.