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Today's News

  • County administrator meets with employees

    A glimpse into the thoughts and fears of Jeffco employees was offered last week as County Administrator Jim Moore began a series of town hall meetings with employees in the Jeffco Laramie Building.

    “I heard that we don’t have enough contact unless there’s a budget crisis,” Moore said to the couple dozen employees gathered in a human resources training room the afternoon of March 26.

  • Approval process for amphitheater improvements remains controversial

    Confusion remains over whether noise-mitigation improvements to the amphitheater at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield will go through a county review, a path local homeowners would like to see but one Gardens leadership isn’t so sure of.

    “We’re just concerned that they go through the (county) process,” said Dave Evans, a homeowner in Chatfield Bluffs who has been following the issue and talking with people at Jeffco Planning and Zoning and the Botanic Gardens. “Who owns the land and how they go through it doesn’t concern us.”

  • EDUCATION NOTES

    We’d like to know about interesting events or activities at your school. E-mail your school news to leslie@evergreenco.com.

    Ute Meadows Evening of the Arts

    Ute Meadows Elementary School is hosting its annual Evening of the Arts, where every child is a star. The school will display beautiful framed artwork from each student. Poetry is read and children perform music and drama. The evening is semi-formal and is enjoyed by all. The event will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 2.

    Spring Carnival and Silent Auction

  • SHERIFF'S CALLS

    Could they be meteorites?

  • Bipartisan education reform bill introduced

    As I wrote several weeks ago, I’ve been working with Gov. Bill Ritter and a bipartisan group of legislators to craft a rigorous education reform bill to prepare Colorado’s educational system for the challenges of a new global economy. That bill, called the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (or CAP4K), was formally introduced last week.

  • To err is human, to proofread divine

    Last week the Colorado Department of Transportation confronted a problem that is usually more closely associated with newspapers — the dreaded typo. Here in the world of print journalism, one of our biggest fears is that a rogue spelling will escape our attention and wind up in a monster-size headline on the front page.

  • Large steel building creates wall between neighbors

    Veronica Weins knew her neighbor in Columbine Hills was building a garage, but she didn’t know it was going to be a featureless, metal industrial box almost two stories tall and nearly as big as a house.

    So instead of a view of rooftops and treetops, as of November Weins has gazed at a very different vista.

    “It’s just so big that’s all we look at. It’s like a big wall there, and we used to be able to see way over to the next street,” said Weins, a retired corporate legal assistant in her 70s.

  • Festival to feature local filmmaker

    When you're just starting out in film, it's good to be a multi-tasker like Littleton resident Timothy Anderson, 25, who was writer, director, editor, motorboat operator, publicist and producer on his most recent short film, "At The Surface."

    The movie is premiereing at the Vail Film Festival, which runs April 3-6. The 24-minute-long feature will be presented at noon, April 4 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday April 6.

  • Littleton-based foundation still helping African village

    It has been more than 10 years since Omar Dia was gunned down at a bus stop in downtown Denver by two skinheads. The shock and anger over the hate crime led Coloradans to an outpouring of donations and support for Dia’s widow and children and the people of his village of Diorbivol, Senegal.

    And a Littleton-based foundation, along with some South Jeffco high school students, is keeping that effort alive.

  • Arapahoe knocks around Columbine in nonleague tilt

    CENTENNIAL- Columbine’s young pitching staff learned an old lesson March 21.

    Seemingly up for the battle against Arapahoe, the Rebels watched the little things add up to big problems as the Warriors ran away with a 13-5 Class 5A nonleague victory.