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Today's News

  • Student-based budgeting lets principals get a jump on hiring

    Several months into Jeffco Public Schools’ implementation of student-based budgeting, area principals are saying the new policy gives them the ability to react quickly to their schools’ hiring needs.

    Until this year, school funding was directed by the district office and based on schools’ enrollments — students were counted in October, and then money was disbursed. Under the new model, enrollment is still a major factor, but principals decide what programs get cut, kept or expanded based on student and community needs.

  • Pay raises urged for principals, assistant principals

    Jeffco Public Schools should pay higher salaries to its principals and assistant principals, teachers who hold relevant master’s degrees, and staff in hard-to-fill positions, the district’s human resources chief said at a March 5 school board meeting.

    As the district moves into its budget season and gears up for contract negotiations with the teachers union, chief human resources officer Amy Weber recommended that board members consider instituting the pay changes to make the district more competitive.

  • Board rejects volleyball, brewpub on nursery land

    A sand volleyball center and brewpub proposed for a section of the Jared’s Nursery property on West Bowles Avenue was unanimously rejected by the Jeffco Planning Commission on Feb. 25.

    The proposal now goes to Jeffco’s county commissioners for a final decision. The board has scheduled a public hearing on the plan for March 17.

  • Tattered Cover store moving to Littleton

    Denver-based Tattered Covered Book Store has announced it will move its Highlands Ranch store into Littleton’s Aspen Grove shopping center in April.

    While the Aspen Grove store will be smaller than the current space in the Highlands Ranch Town Center, Tattered Covered general manager Margaret Shaheen said the store won’t be reducing the number of books and other items it carries.

  • Jail prisoner who died was awaiting medical attention

    A shoplifting suspect who died March 2 while in custody at the Jeffco jail requested medical attention during the afternoon but stopped breathing hours later and died before she was seen by medical professionals. 

    Jennifer Lobato, 37, complained to jail staff that afternoon about feeling ill, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer. A deputy then notified the jail’s medical staff that Lobato was throwing up and had asked to see a doctor.

  • 2014-15 5A Jeffco League all-conference girls swimming, wrestling

    GIRLS SWIMMING
    The following is the 2014-15 5A Jeffco League all-conference girls swimming team:

  • 2015 baseball capsule previews

    CHATFIELD CHARGERS
    Head coach: Paul Grubesic
    Assistant coach: Scott Gross
    2014 record: 20-4 overall, 6-2 (third place) 5A Jeffco
    Players to watch: Kyle Winkler, Sr., SS; Sean O’Dell, Sr., CF-P; Jake Carstensen, Sr., RF; Camden Lawhead, Sr., C; Kobie Wood, Sr., P; Matt Watson, Jr., P.
    Key losses: Matthew Jarecki, Mason Brown, Nick Chamberlain, Travis Schnoor, Blake Moore, Patrick Barder, Colton Nobles, Brennan Gabler

  • FRC loses to Sheridan in blowout

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier

    Front Range Christian’s venture into 2A boys regional basketball play was literally over before the 2-minute mark of the first quarter.

    But the Falcons refused to let the 61-34 blowout at the hands of a taller and deeper Peyton squad on March 6 at Sheridan High School put a damper on their season.

  • Bond set at $50,000 for principal accused in sex assault

    Bond was set at $50,000 on March 11 for the principal of Ute Meadows Elementary School, who was arrested in connection with alleged sexual assault on a child that began more than 10 years ago.

    Steven Weigum, 55, was taken into custody March 9 and booked into the jail on charges of aggravated incest, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust as a pattern, said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

    The arrest affidavit alleges that the assaults took place between 2004 and 2010.

  • Cherry Creek clips Dakota Ridge in 6-overtime thriller

    LOVELAND — They played and played and played some more. Almost all night. Catch your breath; this might go on forever.

    It actually was six overtimes between Cherry Creek and Dakota Ridge in the longest game in Colorado high school hockey history. Then it was over. Chris Nitchen’s game-winning goal 36 seconds into the sixth overtime helped Cherry Creek end Dakota Ridge’s season with a 3-2 loss in the state ice hockey semifinals on March 5 at the Budweiser Events Center.