Today's News

  • Gridiron trio get one final hurrah

    ALAMOSA — Matthew Gaiter didn’t let the situation slip away in the moment. The recent Chatfield Senior High graduate and defensive lineman knew this was it, one last high school football game before life moves forward.

    “It was a great feeling just to be able to come out here one more time before college,” said Gaiter just minutes after playing June 13 in the 59th annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State football game at Rex Field on the campus of Adams State University.

  • Summer camps all about continuity, getting better

    LAKEWOOD — Mike Deutsch, Chatfield’s veteran varsity girls basketball coach, sat at the end of the bench taking notes as he watched the Lady Chargers play at the Gold Crown Field House. He deferred coaching duties to Level III coach Liz Baker on June 11.

  • Judge rules names of teachers absent during sick-outs can be released

    A Jeffco district judge ruled Friday that the school district should not be prevented from releasing the names of teachers who were absent during “sick-outs” last fall, rejecting the teachers union's claim that sick days should be protected as personnel data. 

    District Judge Christie Phillips wrote that the days public school teachers call in sick cannot be considered personnel or private medical information, and that teachers should not expect a right to privacy concerning sick days.

  • Putting a price on fun

    Fun City, the family entertainment center in South Jeffco, closed for good on May 31 after 30 years in business.

    Yet the doors were opened one last time on Saturday to auction everything from bar stools and glasses to bowling balls and arcade games. The highlight for many in attendance, the arcade games spanned Fun City’s three-decade run.

  • Jeffco Public Library to seek tax increase

    The Jeffco Public Library is planning to ask county residents for a property-tax increase in the fall.

    The library board voted at its May meeting to put a tax increase on the November ballot but did not decide on the exact amount, said library spokeswoman Rebecca Winning. Winning said that, as of now, the board is considering a 1-mill increase.

    “They haven’t decided because we’re waiting to see where the assessed valuations come in, because we don’t want to ask for more money than we need,” Winning said.

  • Attorney named to vacant seat on Foothills board

    An attorney with experience in public administration has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Foothills Park and Recreation District board.

    Lori Bosanko was selected by the Foothills board June 2 to complete the term of Terri Maulik, who represented Ward 5. Maulik resigned from the board in May after moving to Parker with her family.

  • Jeffco Open Space moves forward with major land acquisitions

    Jeffco Open Space is moving forward with plans to acquire more than 1,000 acres on Douglas Mountain near Golden and another 37 acres adjacent to Meyer Ranch Park in Aspen Park. The Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee unanimously recommended the acquisitions, which were endorsed by members of Plan Jeffco and the Clear Creek Land Conservancy at the June 4 OSAC meeting. If approved by the county commissioners, Open Space would spend nearly $5 million to purchase the properties.

  • County wants to streamline process for adjusting pet-license fees

    Jefferson County wants to streamline the process for changing the annual fee to license a pet — even though no fee adjustment is currently on the table.

    The change would move pet licensing from the realm of county ordinance to simple policy — eliminating the months-long process now needed to increase or decrease the fee. The proposed change will be considered at a public hearing June 23 before the county commissioners.

  • School board candidate brings teacher’s perspective

    Jeffco parent Amanda Stevens, a former teacher and now a candidate for the school board, says she would bring a dedication to excellence, transparency and cooperation to the deeply divided board.

    The Lakewood resident announced last month that she is running for Lesley Dahlkemper’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in District 4, which includes areas in South Jeffco. Stevens is the lone candidate so far; the election is Nov. 3.

  • Auditor gives Jeffco school district favorable report card

    Jeffco Public Schools met all five financial benchmarks examined in an analysis by the state auditor, according to a report released June 2.

    The Fiscal Health Analysis of Colorado School Districts looked at districts’ ratio of assets to liabilities; levels of debt service; ratio of general funds to general fund expenditures; general fund operating margin; and general fund operating margin over time. Some 40 percent of the state’s school districts fell short in at least one category.