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Today's News

  • Hundreds rally in support of Jeffco teachers

    Speakers at a rally Friday organized by the teachers union raised the specter of a strike as contract negotiations continue between the Jeffco Education Association and the school district.

    Attendees at the “Rally to Take Back Our Schools” filled the hillside around the amphitheater at Clement Park in South Jeffco, and JCEA spokespeople estimated that between 1,000 and 2,500 people attended. A cloudburst dampened the event, but most stuck it out, huddling under umbrellas and intermittently chanting such slogans as “Stand up for kids!”

  • Volunteers flock to Ken-Caryl to work on Veterans Monument

    Volunteers from across the country were in South Jeffco last week to help with the next phase of construction for the Veterans Monument at Ken-Caryl Ranch.

    The monument, which is being installed at the southeast corner of Crestone Mountain Drive and Sangre de Cristo Road just north of Shaffer Elementary School, is being built by a group of veterans and volunteers.

  • Commissioners still not high on sales of recreational pot

    Jeffco’s county commissioners are showing little enthusiasm for allowing sales of recreational marijuana, but they’ve asked for information on having the county host related businesses.

    At a meeting May 29, the commissioners asked for information on regulating marijuana testing facilities, grow operations and the manufacture of marijuana products.

  • Share the Trail event promotes safety, co-existence

    Littleton residents who celebrated Saturday’s warm, sunny weather with a morning bike ride at Hudson Gardens got free water and safety advice along the way.

  • Future of prairie dogs at site of BMX track looks dim

    A plan to move a colony of prairie dogs from the site of a future BMX park at the Schaefer Athletic Complex appeared likely to fail due to a lack of space and the potential costs.

    The 45 prairie dogs must be moved or exterminated to make room for the BMX bicycle track being built by Mile High BMX. A plan proposed by the Foothills Prairie Dog Task Force, a group of volunteers unassociated with the Foothills Park and Recreation District, would relocate the rodents south of the track on about 1.8 acres.

  • Wildfire mitigation a hot topic at Jeffco telephone town hall

    Jeffco residents in fire-prone areas voiced concern during a telephone town hall meeting last week about neighbors who don’t do mitigation work on their properties.

    Several participants in the May 27 event asked how to handle neighbors who fail to remove slash or create defensible space around their homes. One caller, who said he lived on Conifer Mountain, said neighbors below his property are creating a hazard for him and his family.

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

    Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.

  • Teacher pay concerns take center stage during district budget talks

    Concerns about teacher pay dominated the first public hearing May 25 for the Jeffco school district’s 2015-16 budget, and school board members disagreed about how to allocate some funds.

    The $1.1 billion budget, which has been discussed for months and is about 2.5 percent larger than last year’s, will likely be finalized at the end of June.

    The board’s two liberal members said the $12.1 million earmarked for pay increases was inadequate. That amount includes:

    • A 1 percent raise for qualifying teachers totaling $5.2 million.

  • Spokeswoman for Jeffco Schools resigns

     Jeffco Public Schools chief communications officer Lisa Pinto has submitted a letter of resignation and will be stepping down from her position effective June 19, according to the district’s superintendent.

    Pinto wrote in her May 28 resignation that she is leaving the district for another job.

  • Chargers come up short in state championship game

    DENVER — Lightning flashed in the distance, and the rain inexorably approached All-City Field. It was a fitting way for the 5A state baseball championship game to wrap up, considering how the weather had already impacted the postseason, even delaying the finals by four days.

    The near hour-long delay on May 27 also allowed time for reflection on what the Chatfield Chargers had accomplished. Though they were on their way to a 9-2 defeat to Rock Canyon, the simple fact that this team, which eight weeks earlier was 1-8, was in the game spoke volumes.