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Today's News

  • Study groups take over in teacher contract talks

    Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union have agreed to take part of their current contract negotiations behind closed doors.

    The sides agreed early on to form small groups made up of representatives and experts to examine several priority topics. The smaller groups will meet to come up with options before the full bargaining teams gather again to hammer out a final agreement. The next public negotiations are slated for April 13.

  • Investigation continues into Jeffco jail death

    An investigation into the death of a female inmate at the Jeffco jail is awaiting the findings of an autopsy report.

    The Sheriff’s Office has completed interviews in its investigation and is awaiting the coroner’s report on Jennifer Lobato, 37, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. That report could take several more weeks to complete.

  • School board approves salary guidelines for newly hired Jeffco teachers

    The Jeffco school board has unanimously approved salary guidelines for teachers hired this year who have teaching experience in other districts, have master’s degrees, or are working in hard-to-fill positions.

  • Littleton hires public works director

    Littleton has hired a new public works director.

    Mark Relph was selected from 64 applicants to replace former public works chief Charlie Blosten, who retired Feb. 28. Relph will start his new position on April 14.

  • Principal charged in sexual assault case

    Steven Weigum, the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a minor, was officially charged March 17.

    Weigum, 55, faces counts of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, all felonies. An additional charge of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, was filed after Weigum’s first court appearance.

  • Littleton’s Kempe has challenger for seat on IREA board

    Two foothills-area directors of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association are up for re-election, and both are banking on their experience on the power co-op’s board to help them retain their seats.

    Littleton resident Mike Kempe represents an area from Aspen Park east to Castle Pines and down to Roxborough. Kempe is opposed by Morrison resident Gregory Edwin Lee Sanchez.

  • Return of Hay, Gunkel has Chatfield on track

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    LAKEWOOD — It pained Ryan Hay and Lucas Gunkel that they could only watch as Chatfield missed last year’s 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs while rivals Columbine and Dakota Ridge both advanced. But the seniors are recovered from injuries and their return has helped propel the Chargers to a 3-0 start prior to this week’s spring break trip to Florida and the periphery of the CHSAA poll top 10.

  • Littleton’s 4x200 relay team pulls away

    LAKEWOOD — Andrew Smith, Tre Blake, Eric Lyons and Noah McGhee were determined to top their personal-best time in the 4x200 relay, set just two weeks prior, at the 4A Jeffco Relays. 

    That’s what they did in running a winning time of 1 minute, 32.22 seconds on March 18 at Jeffco Stadium.

    “I just felt really good, and we just had the drive. We wanted to beat Valor,” Smith said.

  • Vance opens the season with a bang

    GOLDEN — Dakota Ridge senior Gillian Vance is excited for the 2015 girls golf season and rightfully so. It’s the last of her high school career. 

    She also feels a little pressure to perform and, well, rightfully so again. Vance, after all, is a three-time state qualifier and wants to end the season with a bang. That’s yet to be decided, but there’s little doubt that she started it with one.

  • Deputy derided prisoner who died, investigation finds

    The death of a prisoner at the Jeffco jail who waited hours in vain for medical attention has led to a demonstration and a revelation: A deputy reportedly derided the woman for using drugs hours before she died.

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, died March 2, a day after she was booked into the jail. An ongoing Sheriff’s Office investigation found that a deputy said of Lobato, who had requested medical attention: “That’s why you shouldn’t do drugs.”