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Today's News

  • Judge issues injunction against school district's new-hire pay level

    A Jeffco district judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the school district from paying newly hired teachers at a higher rate until a lawsuit against the district by the teachers union goes to trial.

  • Suspect in laundromat burglary fails to get away clean

    A suspect in a burglary at a South Jeffco laundromat was arrested early Wednesday after his vehicle struck several cars, including a Jeffco sheriff’s patrol car, during a failed getaway attempt.

    Nicholas Vaughn, 28, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree assault of a peace officer, felony vehicular eluding and violation of a bail bond.

  • Suspect in Sheridan homicide arrested in South Jeffco

    A suspect in a Sheridan homicide was arrested near West Hampden Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard on Wednesday morning.

    Nicholas Benhmida, 39, was wanted in connection with a homicide in Sheridan on Tuesday morning. He was arrested by Jeffco deputies without incident Wednesday.

  • Tiny, and taller, dancers stay on their toes

    No donkeys were in evidence at last weekend’s rehearsals for the Foothills Ballet Program’s spring performances.

    But the tiniest dancers, some as young as 6, remained understandably confused by the production’s title.

    “It’s funny … the kids keep looking for a donkey because they think the name of the ballet is ‘Donkey Ho-tee,’ ” said Regina Smith, arts coordinator for the Foothills Park and Rec District.

  • Commissioners delay decision on Homestead rezoning in Morrison

    After a five-hour hearing May 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners delayed their decision on a contentious rezoning request that would let developers install hiking trails and possibly a mini-ski slope in a Morrison subdivision.

  • Foothills taking applications for soon-to-be-vacant board seat

    The Foothills Park and Recreation District is accepting applications for an upcoming vacancy on its board of directors.

    Board member Terri Maulik is set to resign her Ward 5 seat after the May 26 board meeting. Maulik and her family are planning to move to Parker by month’s end.

  • Ex-principal facing sex-assault charge fired by district

    The Jeffco school district has fired the former principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who stands accused of sexual assault on a minor.

    The district placed Steven Weigum, 55, on administrative leave March 10, the day after his arrest. The school board was notified at its May 7 meeting that Weigum had been let go, district spokeswoman Lisa Pinto said.

    Pinto said the district would not comment on an ongoing legal matter. Weigum had been with Jeffco Public Schools since July 2001, when he was hired as principal at Bergen Valley Elementary in Evergreen.

  • Board votes to spend $15 million on new school

    The Jeffco school board voted 3-2 on Thursday to put $15 million saved last year toward building a new school in the northern part of the county.

    While $15 million is a fraction of the district’s $1 billion annual budget, the decision, approved with the votes of the board’s conservative majority, is controversial for several reasons:

  • Council approves construction-defects ordinance

    Citing a lack of action by the state legislature, the Littleton City Council has approved its own version of a construction-defects law.

    Several bills aimed at reforming the state law — which developers blame for a dearth of condo construction — failed in this year’s legislative session.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Chargers rally again, win District 4 tournament
    FRUITA — The Chatfield Chargers are headed back to the eight-team 5A state tournament.

    Chatfield (11-10), which opened the season 2-9, rallied to win the 5A Jeffco League title for the first time in 25 years. It followed that up with back-to-back wins on May 9 in the 5A District 4 tournament to seal its bid to state.

    In the deciding game, the Chargers rolled past Smoky Hill 12-1.