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Today's News

  • Decision not to host governor unrelated to politics, schools superintendent says

    Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee says that rejecting an offer from Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign testing legislation at two Jeffco schools was related to safety, logistics and protocol — not politics.

    Hickenlooper’s staff reached out to both Bear Creek and Lakewood high schools as locations where the governor might sign House Bill 1323, which reduces the number of standardized tests students are required to take. The district said no thanks.

  • Council to vote on amendment to construction-defects ordinance

    An amendment to Littleton’s new construction-defects ordinance providing for a cash-settlement option instead of repairs is set for a public hearing and vote at the June 2 City Council meeting.

    The new ordinance, approved May 5, gives builders of condos, townhomes and other multifamily housing a “right to repair” faulty work before facing legal action. Also, it requires that a majority of homeowners approve legal action — not just a majority of HOA board members.

  • Chatfield principal to become superintendent for Englewood district

    The principal at Chatfield High School has been named the finalist for the Englewood School District’s superintendent position.

    Wendy Rubin was chosen from an original pool of 23 applicants for the soon-to-be-vacant superintendent post in Englewood. Englewood’s current superintendent, Brian Ewert, has been tapped as the next superintendent of Littleton Public Schools.

    Rubin has worked for Jeffco Public Schools for the past 14 years, the last four as principal at Chatfield.

  • Column: Aggressive approach paid off for Vance

    Gillian Vance’s passion for the game of golf is so great that she had a putting mat and a hitting net for irons and wedges put up in her house between a ping pong table, a couch and a TV so she could practice during the winter months.

    And, no, before you ask, she hasn’t broken a single window with any of her practice shots. Well, at least not yet.

    But that’s how serious the Dakota Ridge senior was about her game entering her final high school season, a year that culminated May 19 with a 5A state girls golf championship.

  • By the Numbers: Columbine-area sports during the 2014-15 high school year

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    The number of sets Chatfield’s volleyball team won after falling behind two sets to none in the second of its two pool-play matches at the 5A state championships last November. The result was the Lady Chargers, the No. 12 seed, making it to an improbable state final before falling to four-time and defending champion Grandview.

  • High water closes recreational areas at Chatfield State Park

    The recent relentless rains have swollen Chatfield Reservoir and forced the closure of several recreational areas in the popular state park.

    The reservoir was 6 feet above its normal level as of May 21, resulting in closure of the swim beach; Jamison Picnic Area; Catfish Picnic Area; Eagle Cove; Plum Creek Picnic Area; and the south boat ramp.

  • Negotiations hit snag on teacher pay

    The Jeffco teachers union and the school district hit a rough patch in contract negotiations last Thursday when the sides failed to agree on a plan for how much the district should pay teachers hired for the fall, according to a pool report.

  • Jeffco teachers receive flier discussing possible strike

    An information sheet sent to members of the Jeffco teachers union discusses the possibility of a strike, but a union spokesman said efforts are still focused on collaborating with the school district.

  • Young adults learn babysitting skills

    Babysitting is the first real job for many young adults — but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one.

    Because of the challenges and responsibilities involved in caring for little ones, the Red Cross is committed to providing training for teens in everything from dressing a minor cut to performing CPR.

    “It gives the parent a peace of mind that the babysitter has gone through training,” said Glen Bernard, a Red Cross instructor trainer. “The babysitter knows how to handle an emergency situation.”

  • A Vegas-style gleam at The Edge

    Disco lights and bedazzled skaters danced across The Edge Skating School’s home ice last weekend in a spring performance worthy of Caesars Palace.

    “Viva Las Vegas” was the theme of this year’s show at The Edge Ice Arena, where about 50 students of all ages showed off their figure skating skills to proud families and friends on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The show included six acts, each set to music from a different era in Las Vegas history.