Today's News

  • School district staffers: Facilities needs are ‘urgent’

    The facility needs at Jeffco Public Schools are urgent, and a plan to open a new school in the northern part of the district won’t keep pace with anticipated growth in that area, district COO Steve Bell told school board members at an Aug. 27 meeting.

  • Raises reduce attrition among Jefferson County employees

    Jefferson County has seen a significant improvement in employee retention in its Human Services Department and in the Sheriff’s Office, after additional pay raises were approved for both agencies this year.

    The Sheriff’s Office has seen its attrition rate for deputies decrease from 15.7 percent in 2014 to 8.5 percent so far in 2015, closer to the target rate of 5 to 6 percent. The attrition rate in Human Services dropped from 23.6 percent last year to 11.5 percent so far this year, on target to the public-sector market average of 12 to 14 percent.

  • 12 candidates running for 5 seats on board

    Jeffco residents could see a slate of 12 candidates for five school board seats this fall, as three current board members who are the target of a recall face off against five challengers, and four other candidates vie for the two seats up for regular election.

  • District, teachers approve 10-month contract

    The Jeffco school board last Thursday evening unanimously approved a 10-month contract with the district’s teachers union.

    Conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams praised the new agreement’s prioritization of school-level control. Witt said the contract embodies so many fundamental changes that its 10-month length is justified, despite sentiment among teachers that the brief term of the pact disrespects their contributions. 

  • Evergreen homeowner who shot bear cubs faces two felony charges

    The Evergreen homeowner who fatally shot two bear cubs on Sept. 1 as they were trying to get into his trash is facing two felony charges, according to a news release from the Jeffco district attorney's office.

    One of the cubs died instantly, and the other had to be put down. The live round that hit the cubs then hit the window of a neighbor's house in the 27000 block of Lupine Drive.

    The Sheriff's Office on Sept. 2 identified the homeowner as Daniel C. Williams, 50. The district attorney said Williams faces the following charges: 

  • Sports briefs

    Griebel, Rebels open in style, rout Fountain-Fort Carson
    — Mikey Griebel scored a pair of touchdowns and Matthew Starkey scampered 35 yards for a score as Columbine bounced back from a down 2014 season with a 34-7 road win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Aug. 28 at Guy R. Barickman Stadium.
    Columbine was an uncharacteristic 5-6 in 2014, yet still made it to the second round of the 5A playoffs. In the opener, the Rebels showed they learned from last year’s lackluster season.

  • 2015 gymnastics preview: Rebels’, Chargers’ numbers increasing

    A funny thing happens in the world of sports about 10 years or so after the USA takes home gold in a particular sport — high schools see an influx of well-trained athletes in that sport. Such is the case with gymnastics this year.
    “We have a huge team this year,” said Chatfield head coach Chanel Chavez. “We went from 23 last year to 32 this year.”
    Chavez was anticipating this sizable growth of her team.

  • 2015 volleyball preview: State run last year has Chatfield on everybody’s radar

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    Recognition is becoming the norm for Chatfield’s volleyball program. Two 5A state-tournament appearances in three years as a No. 12 seed will do that.
    But this year the expectations are higher — at least judging by the CHSAA preseason poll. The Lady Chargers checked in at No. 5.
    “Time will tell,”  said Chatfield head coach Stephanie Schick. “I certainly have confidence in my athletes. We will see.”

  • Lions’ defense sacks Golden

    Noah McGhee, undoubtedly, may be a little biased with his opinion that Littleton High may have one of the better defenses in 4A, but, for one night, the Lions backed up their senior running back’s claim.
    Littleton’s pressure was relentless on Aug. 27 against Golden in the 2015 kickoff at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The Lions sacked Demons junior quarterback Jalen Lucero five times, picked him off four times and blocked a third-quarter punt in a 21-0 season-opening victory.

  • School board candidate Ron Mitchell, District 5

    Veteran Jeffco principal and teacher Ron Mitchell said he would bring an understanding of Jeffco’s various communities, an emphasis on respect and years of problem-solving to the school board if he is elected.

    Mitchell, a Lakewood resident, is running for the board seat in District 5 currently held by Ken Witt, one of the targets of a recall effort. Former school board member Paula Noonan is also vying for the District 5 seat.