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Today's News

  • Falcon Bluffs teacher keeps his students laughing — and achieving

    It's hard to say who enjoys Steve Martin's classes more — the students or their teacher.

    SpongeBob SquarePants, a popular children's character, is everywhere in Martin's classroom at Falcon Bluffs Middle School, setting the tone for a fun learning environment where Martin and his students enjoy a healthy back and forth that's usually the mark of longtime friends.

    "It's fun," said Justin Shapiro, an eighth-grader in Martin's seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra class. "He's different (than other teachers). He actually makes it fun."

  • Atadero's crusade continues with Recreational Safety Awareness Week

    As more than 650 students filed into the bleachers at Falcon Bluffs Middle School on Sept. 8, teachers and administrators reminded them to keep quiet.

    But when one of their physical education teachers started telling the story of how his son Jaryd went missing nearly eight years ago, the room went silent.

    "My son was almost 4 years old," Allyn Atadero said, taking a moment to compose himself in front of his students and colleagues. His co-workers and some students wiped away tears as Atadero continued the story.

  • Summers, Ryckman square off to represent HD 22

    Education is the most important issue for the two former teachers squaring off in House District 22 in November, but their approaches differ.

    Democrat Camille Ryckman, a former teacher at Lakewood's Warren Tech, and incumbent Republican Ken Summers, a former Englewood High School teacher, disagree on vouchers.

  • Columbine cruises past Spartans

    LAKEWOOD — Change is as awkward as it is rewarding.

    Thankfully for the Columbine Rebels, no matter how many wrinkles they try to add to their offense, they always have their running game. And that was all the difference in the Rebels’ 41-20 Class 5A nonleague victory over Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 4 at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Defense shines

    After spending the past two hours hitting each other in the mouth, Front Range Christian and Custer County high schools took time after the game to enjoy to a few laughs.

  • Rebels blast past Heritage in three games

    The Columbine Rebels volleyball team evolved into a machine Sept. 5 that would have made Skynet proud.

    “I think that once we get into it, our setter spreads out the net, because we can all terminate a ball,” Megan Koop said.

    Terminate?

    “That’s just what it takes,” she said.

  • 10 apply for open school board seat

    Ten people have applied to fill the school board vacancy left when District 5 representative Vince Chowdhury resigned in August.

    The applicants are: Jamie Adler Rodriguez, Larry Eigel, Mary Everson, Tina Francone, Spencer Larkin, Charles Marquez, Paula Noonan, Alonzo Rodriguez, Richard Rush and Susan Settanni.

  • Ken Caryl student hit by car

    A 13-year-old Ken Caryl Middle School student was injured Sept. 4 when she was hit by a car in front of the school.

    Danielle K. Barker, 13, was walking across Ken Caryl Avenue in a designated crosswalk when she was hit by a 1997 black Cadillac Catera driven by Dustin Wert, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

    Barker was taken by ambulance to Littleton Hospital, then by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Denver.

  • County department heads get big bonuses amid budget woes

    Amid talk of budget woes and the possibility that some county workers would get no raises at all, some Jeffco department heads snagged raises and bonuses that totaled up to $20,000 over the last 18 months.

    Two of the department heads that report directly to County Administrator Jim Moore — Administrative Services Director Todd Leopold and Transportation and Development Director Tim Carl — each received $10,000 base-pay increases in 2007, along with $5,000 bonuses in 2007 and 2008.

  • ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Young Chargers show promise

    DENVER — When the Chatfield Chargers were good Sept. 3 at Mullen, they were very good.

    When the Chargers were young, they were very young.

    The junior-dominated Chargers veered through all phases against the Mustangs and ended up learning another of life’s lessons.