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Today's News

  • West Nile virus found in Jeffco

    A mosquito pool in Jeffco has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test of the year in the county. 

    The positive result came from a sample from pools in the Lakewood and Arvada areas from July 15, said David Volkel, an environmental specialist with Jeffco Public Health. 

    Volkel said the county is divided into "sentinel zones" for mosquito testing. Mosquitoes caught in traps in a 5-mile-wide zone are sent to Colorado Department of Public Health for testing. 

  • District, teachers tentatively agree on contract

    Negotiators for Jeffco Public Schools and the teachers union Thursday evening preliminarily agreed to a 10-month contract after a three-week stalemate over the agreement’s duration.

    Bargaining team members for the Jefferson County Education Association, who had originally said they would hold out for a three-year contract, said they agreed to the shorter pact in the interest of teachers, who return to schools Monday. 

  • Wages working his way back after injuries derail pro debut

    Trevor Wages was breaking backboards two years ago. Now, it’s his basketball career that is needing repairing.

    A year ago, the 2010 Chatfield Senior High graduate and former Colorado School of Mines standout was working out with the Denver Nuggets and signing a contract to play for the Vienna Timberwolves, a member of Europe’s Division II basketball league. His professional career, however, lasted all of a month.

  • Cyclists rush Littleton streets

    The 1850s “Pikes Peak” gold rush brought people from all over the world to Colorado and is credited with helping establish the city of Littleton.

    On Aug. 1 — 125 years after it was established — Littleton saw another gold rush, but this time it was professional cyclists chasing a gold medal in the Littleton Twilight Criterium, a 1.3 km closed-circuit bicycle race that winds through the downtown streets.

  • Missing South Jeffco girl found safe

    A South Jeffco teen who apparently ran away from home in the early-morning hours Tuesday has been found safe and is being reunited with her family.

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office announced on its Twitter feed about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday that the 15-year-old girl was found near West Bowles Avenue and South Kipling Parkway. She had been discovered missing at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday from her home in the 9100 block of West Chatfield Drive, southeast of West Chatfield Avenue and Kipling.

  • South Jeffco teacher continues efforts at school in Kenyan village

    Five years after a humble beginning with five students and a chicken coop for a classroom, a South Jeffco teacher has helped establish a school in Kenya that 122 youngsters now attend.

    Julie Donohue Manuel, a first-grade teacher at Shaffer Elementary School, has worked at the school during her summer break for the past five years. She also has raised funds for the school and other projects benefiting the Maasai community in Kenya.

    “What we do every year is basic,” Julie told the Pathfinders in Evergreen on July 22.

  • Littleton saying ‘howdy’ for 10 straight days

    Littleton is rolling out the welcome mat for 10 consecutive days.

    The celebration of all things Littleton features events throughout the city that give families a chance to have fun and reconnect with friends. Highlights include a barbecue and fireworks show at Sterne Park and the Western Welcome Week Grand Parade on Aug. 15.

    The Littleton tradition, in its 87th year, started as a homecoming party for the city, said Joan Facchinello, a volunteer with Western Welcome Week and a former executive director.

  • Pot dispensary will open on Jeffco’s border

    A new marijuana dispensary is set to open in a portion of Denver that is surrounded by unincorporated Jefferson County, where pot sales are prohibited.

    Native Roots, which will offer medical and recreational sales, is scheduled to open by late August in a shopping center at South Wadsworth Boulevard and West Quincy Avenue. While much of the surrounding area is in Jeffco, the shopping center was annexed into Denver in the early 1970s.

  • Teachers, district to resume contract talks

    Negotiators for the Jeffco school district and the teachers union will head back to the bargaining table this week after a disagreement over the contract’s length stalled bargaining for more than three weeks.

    Representatives of the two sides, which are more than five months into negotiating a new contract, walked out of the last bargaining session July 15 without agreeing on the length of the contract. The Jefferson County Education Association wants a three-year contract guaranteed for teachers, while Jeffco Public Schools wants to limit the contract to 10 months.

  • Jeffco students outperform Colorado average on tests

    Four grades of Jeffco Public Schools students outperformed the state average on social studies and science exams this spring but showed a drop in performance from last year in several categories.

    The Colorado Department of Education on July 16 released test performance and participation figures for several categories of Colorado Measures of Academic Success testing from the past school year: fourth- and seventh-grade social studies, and fifth- and eighth-grade science.

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