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  • New principal appointed at Deer Creek Elementary

    Jeffrey Lubansky has been appointed as principal of Deer Creek Elementary in Bailey.

    Formally announced and approved by the Platte Canyon school board on April 10, Lubansky was selected over more than a dozen applicants for the job. He’ll take over for Vernita Vallez, who is taking a job overseas later this year.

  • Budget cuts causing discord

    Tensions ran high last week as the Platte Canyon school board continued discussing its financial challenges and associated budget cuts — many of which have drawn intense criticism from the community.

    Addressing the school board, director of business services Kelly Varney outlined that forecasts from the state legislature show significant K-12 education funding gaps, including an overall $400 million shortfall in funding across the state next year and a weighty increase to the negative factor.

  • Steered toward reading

    There’s something magical about a good book: Within a few moments or a handful of pages, you’re quickly transported on an adventure to long and far.

    But come springtime, the allure of a book sometimes doesn’t outweigh the prospect of summer break for the average kid, which is why Elk Creek Elementary participates in the Race to Read program every year.

  • Defendant receives suspended sentence

    The fourth and final defendant charged in a 2016 Golden home invasion and stabbing was sentenced Friday in Jeffco District Court to six years in the Colorado Youthful Offender System.
    Tyler Gorringe of Lafayette, who was 17 last May when the crime occurred, pleaded guilty in December to one count each of felony first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and attempted aggravated robbery. He received a suspended 24-year prison sentence conditional  successfully completing a six-year stint in the youthful offender program.

  • The healing continues: Jefferson County hosts 24th annual Courage Walk

    It’s often said that grief is a silent burden to carry.

    For some, the grief was a little less burdensome last Saturday during the 24th annual Courage Walk. The walk, which coincides with Crime Victims’ Rights Week, honors crime victims and those who have lost loved ones to violence.

    Victim advocates and other supporters joined crime victims, families and loved ones for a half-mile walk around the Jeffco Courthouse to the onsite Courage Garden, where a short service recognized crime victims across Jefferson County.

  • Agencies collaborate during emergency response training exercise

    Two overturned cars. Four blood-covered people. Nine responding agencies.
    The scene on Saturday at Lair o’ the Bear Park on Highway 74 looked like a tragic car accident, but in reality, it was the scene of a joint emergency response training exercise hosted by Jeffco Open Space. This was the first coordinated training of this magnitude in the Jeffco foothills.

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  • Friends of Evergreen Dog Park call into question E. coli testing

    Members of the Friends of Evergreen Dog Park think they’ve obtained evidence that Jeffco Open Space’s E. coli testing in Bergen Creek at the Elk Meadow Dog Off-leash Area is flawed, and they’re urging Jeffco commissioners to investigate discrepancies in the agency’s findings.
    Several members of the local nonprofit, as well as local dog lovers, appeared before the commissioners during their regular Tuesday meeting.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    School district purchases EMS students’ artwork

    A three-dimensional, fused glass sculpture created last year by Evergreen Middle School eighth-graders has been purchased by Jeffco Public Schools for display in the district’s superintendent’s office.

    Announced April 4, the purchase involves a piece of artwork titled, “Pentagonal Pangea,” and was created by students in art teacher Ann Simpson’s class and under the guidance of Evergreen artist David Cuin.

  • Platte Canyon volleyball player invited to play in Australia

    For 16-year old Cora Stebner, playing volleyball is all she’s ever wanted to do. From the minute the Platte Canyon junior first played as a kid in California, she’s been hooked — playing on school teams, playing with local and state volleyball clubs, participating in summer leagues and ultimately landing spots on Platte Canyon’s varsity roster and on the 3A Frontier League all-conference team in 2015.

    At 5-feet, 5-inches tall with a crush of red hair, Stebner is a force on the court.