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Today's News

  • Aces high

    The staging area was packed with warplanes spanning the entire history of winged combat. A World War I-era biplane sat next to a sleek F-16 fighter jet, which shared a hangar with a P-51 Mustang, the classic U.S. World War II fighter plane.

    It was an impressive display of military power, even if the planes were only a foot tall.

  • School board adds $2.4 million to budget for teacher raises

    The Jeffco teachers union’s bargaining team on Monday “reluctantly accepted” the school district’s offer for teachers raises, although it fell several million dollars short of what the union requested last week.

  • Foster care makes critical difference for local teens

    For the hundreds of area teens whose family situations make it impossible for them to live at home, a foster home can make all the difference in succeeding in school, social situations — and life.

    Of the 1,000 youths in need of foster placement in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, 400 of them are age 13 and above. And the difficulty in finding foster homes for these teens is one of the big reasons their futures are in peril.

  • Dance studio seeks rezoning to continue choreography

    A dance studio on West Quincy Avenue is walking through the steps to a rezoning in hopes of continuing to operate in its current location.

    True Dance Academy at 8950 W. Quincy Ave., across the street from the federal prison, was granted a “home occupation” exception in 2009 by the Board of Adjustment that permitted the dance lessons if the owner lived on the property. But business owner Shelly Trujillo now is seeking a zoning change, since she has not been living there.

  • Dinosaur Train coming to Morrison this weekend

    A “train” full of dinosaurs is coming to Morrison this weekend.

    Dinosaur Ridge will host the Dinosaur Train, an educational event based on the PBS children’s show that features colorful kid dinosaurs created by the company that brought you the Muppets. At the event, slated Friday through Sunday, kids can have their pictures taken with Buddy the T-Rex, examine dinosaur footprints and even dig for fossils.

  • Local skateboarder gets film project on wheels

    By Cat Elsby, for the Courier

    In 2009, a group of 10 local teenagers set out to clean up the skate park at Clement Park in South Jeffco. They swept the concrete, painted over the abundant graffiti, and restored their skateboarding sanctuary.

    Fast-forward to the present, and that same group is now the subject of Nick Bruso’s skateboarding film, “The 8th Layer.”

  • Judge refuses to lift injunction on new-hire pay for teachers

    A Jeffco district judge last Thursday denied a school district request to lift an injunction that prevents the district from paying newly hired teachers at higher salary levels.

    Judge Christopher Zenisek upheld his May decision to freeze Jeffco Public Schools’ recently approved new-hire pay levels, saying the policy could widen the pay gap between existing and newly hired teachers, and lead district employees to believe that the teachers union’s input “is not significant” in compensation discussions.

  • ACC lands federal grant for health information technology program

    Arapahoe Community College has been awarded a multimillion-dollar federal grant to expand the college’s health information technology program.

    The four-year, $2.39 million grant comes from the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program. ACC was one of 71 schools across the country to receive funds from the program this year.

  • Library’s new IT director hopes to expand digital offerings

    The new IT director at the Jeffco Public Library hopes to expand the reach of digital materials and services.

    Pat Klein, who officially takes over the information technology department this week, is excited to help his own community after working for the city of Denver’s IT department for the past 15 years. Klein is a resident of Golden.

  • Dakota Ridge camp teaches basics, accountability

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Shane Fujita had no idea taking his son to a baseball camp at the College of Southern Nevada some 10 years ago and renting the school’s baseball field for his National Adult Baseball Association promotion would lead to the development of the same at Dakota Ridge High School.