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Today's News

  • Day trips sought for Deer Creek Middle School gunman

    Deer Creek Middle School gunman Bruco Eastwood may be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for limited, supervised trips in 2014.

    Eastwood was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2011 of attempted murder in the shootings of Deer Creek students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber on Feb. 23, 2010.

    After two years at the state hospital for treatment of schizophrenia, Eastwood is believed by his medical team to be ready for the next step in his treatment, which is to take supervised trips away from the state hospital.

  • Lapping it up

    Two dozen kids bypassed the U.S. Postal Service and went directly to the source to deliver their Christmas wish lists to Santa. 

    The children had their face-to-face with the jolly old elf at the Foothills Park and Rec Breakfast with Santa on Saturday. The kids told Santa what they’d like to find under the tree on Christmas morning — and made some gingerbread men to boot. 

    “I was excited. I asked for a trumpet,” said 4-year-old Jadyn McCarthy. 

  • Group prays for new board members

    A small group gathered last Friday to pray for the three newest members of the Jeffco Board of Education. 

    Newly elected board members Julie Williams and Ken Witt received prayer from the eight people who attended. John Newkirk appeared briefly to thank everyone who showed up but left because of a scheduling conflict.

    “We appreciate the faith community reaching out to us and inviting us here tonight,” Witt said. “We support our faith-based community, and we are a part of it.”

  • Clement Park improvements hinge on funding

    There’s a new vision for Clement Park. But first it needs a new infusion of funding.

    After four months of work, the Foothills Park and Recreation District board approved a new master plan for Clement Park that is a mix of new features and repairs to the park’s decaying infrastructure. 

    The plan comes with a price tag of about $24.3 million. The 2014 budget for Foothills, which was approved along with the master plan on Dec. 10, is $22.3 million. 

  • More public comment planned at beginning of school board meetings

    Jeffco Public Schools’ new board is putting its stamp on how meetings are run.

    During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the public-comment portion of meetings and the structure of the consent agenda, which contains routine district matters that are approved by the board in one vote.

  • Goals, union relations discussed at school board retreat

    New policies, goals and the search for a new superintendent were discussed during the Jeffco Board of Education’s twice-yearly retreat last Saturday.

    Also discussed, in the wake of a conservative majority being elected to the board in November, were the district’s relationships with its unions.

    Representatives from the Jefferson County Education Association, the Jeffco Classified School Employees Association and Jefferson County Administrators Association were invited to speak to the board during the morning portion of the retreat. 

  • Commissioners reject propssosed price increase for county’s 2014 summer camps for kids

    The Jeffco commissioners have rejected a proposed price increase for the county’s 2014 summer camps for kids that would have raised fees between $10 and $35.  

    The two programs, operated through Jeffco’s Colorado State University Extension, provide week-long day camps that focus on scientific learning and outdoor experiences.

  • No further reports of car windows shattering on U.S. 285, C-470

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office hasn’t received any further reports of car windows shattering on C-470 and U.S. 285, after a rash of complaints in November. 

    The Sheriff’s Office issued a warning last month after receiving reports of three separate incidents in which car windows either shattered or were hit with gunshots on the two highways. 

  • All-conference cross country

    The following is the cross country all-conference teams for the 2013 season in the 5A Jeffco Conference:

    BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
    FIRST TEAM
    Connor Lockwood, Arvada West; Marcelo Laguera, Pomona; Cameron Mattson, Dakota Ridge; Gavin Mason, Pomona; Carson Hume, Dakota Ridge; Bradley Carney, Dakota Ridge; Michael Berthold, Pomona; Michael Schleicher, Bear Creek
    SECOND TEAM

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Chatfield jumps out to an early lead, routs Palmer Ridge

    Chatfield went on a 17-4 run in the first quarter and led by 28 points at halftime en route to a 67-40 win over Palmer Ridge in boys basketball action on Dec. 13.
    The Chargers (4-2) have won two straight. Palmer Ridge was led by Matt Cameron’s 13 points.

    Foster, Valor Christian prove to be too much for host Columbine