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Today's News

  • Surprising end to baseball season

    After taking a glance at the Class 5A district baseball pairings, a couple of thoughts came to mind.

    One was that Chatfield got hosed with its seeding.

    The Chargers were preseason favorites to win the Jefferson County League, and while that didn’t happen, many still considered them one of the elite teams in the state. So, when the Colorado High School Activities Association “rewarded” the Chargers with a No. 14 seed and shipped them off to two-time state champion Rocky Mountain’s district, the choice seemed very peculiar.

  • County will reconsider bonus policy

    Bonuses have been in the news a lot lately, and the news has not been positive. Most recently, Jeffco’s employee bonus policy has come under scrutiny.

    I do not think bonuses are appropriate for public employees, and I said so two years ago. But my proposal to eliminate bonuses did not get the support of my fellow commissioners. They argued that government should be run more like a business, and bonuses are a legitimate method of acknowledging and rewarding exceptional performance in business.

  • How should higher ed be funded?

    Hannah Hayes

    I loved Kelly’s passionate plea for schools in her Columbine column. It’s ironic and predictably perfect that she would follow it up by advocating for a $300 million cut in higher education this week. Education is the single most important force in creating the kind of citizenry that America needs. An indication that you value schools would be a willingness to pay for them, as our state surely must.

  • Cell phone ban nothing but grandstanding

    Recently, my former colleagues in the state House passed a bill that would make it illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone, unless you’re using a hands-free device. By the looks of it, the ban will pass the Senate and be signed by the governor.

    At first glance, this seems a reasonable law. But it’s also totally redundant. In fact, under current law, a person who causes an accident while talking on a cell phone can be prosecuted under no fewer than four criminal statutes.

  • 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.