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  • Jeffco district proposes closing five elementary schools

    Jeffco Public Schools has proposed closing five elementary schools later this year, including Stober Elementary in Lakewood and Pleasant View Elementary in Golden. In addition, the district wants to begin moving sixth-graders to middle schools in several articulation areas as early as this fall, including Chatfield, Columbine and Dakota Ridge.

  • Local businesses see pros, cons in higher minimum wage

    Last November, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 70, a measure to steadily increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.31 per hour to $12 an hour by 2020. Now, two months later, local employers are contending with the challenges the current boost to $9.30 an hour is imposing on their ability to staff and run their businesses.

    For many, the recent wage increase has had mixed effects on immediate operations.

  • Jeffco residents join Women's March in Denver

    A divorced mother of two. 

    A veteran and member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point.

    A breast cancer survivor. 

    A Jewish native of Florida. 

    An LGBT woman. 

    Some are passionate about the environment; others feel strongly about human rights or health care or education. 

  • Teaching new dogs old tricks

    Friday night, five students at Wulf Rec Center learned to sit patiently on their circular mats and wait for their teachers’ instructions. When the students succeeded, they were rewarded with food.

    Despite all the noise and distractions of new people in the room, the students learned to “find the face” by paying attention to their teachers and nothing else.

  • Users of off-leash area brainstorm solutions for Elk Meadow dog park

    Close to 200 Jeffco residents, canine lovers and regular Elk Meadow off-leash area patrons attended a community meeting last week to discuss potential solutions to the many problems facing the popular dog park in Evergreen.

  • Jeffco district proposing to close several schools over next two years

    Jeffco Public Schools is proposing a plan that will close several schools throughout the district over the next two years as part of its efforts to find $20 million to $25 million for employee compensation in the district budget.

    According to Superintendent Dan McMinimee, the proposal will be presented at the school board meeting on Thursday and is part of a wider plan that proposes cuts across the entire school system.

  • Rocky Mountain Academy OKs budget for rest of school year

    The school board at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen approved a budget to finish the current school year, discussed a timeline for next year’s budget, and began looking at hiring a new executive director.

    The approved budget for $3.5 million for the 2016-17 year will mean the school must pull $304,000 from its reserve funds to balance it. The school board cut $532,000 from budget in the last few months by laying off two preschool teachers and seven teachers in the K-8 school, and by making cuts to the supplies and purchased-services budget.

  • Williams sentenced to probation in shooting of bear cubs

    Daniel C. Williams, the Evergreen man convicted in November on multiple charges related to the shooting of two bear cubs in September 2015, was sentenced Monday afternoon to two years of probation and 48 hours of useful community service.

    In addition, Judge Tamara Russell ordered Williams to pay $2,000 in fines and $187.10 in restitution for a window broken in the incident, as well as undergo an animal cruelty evaluation and any recommended treatment.

  • Mixed reactions to mixed decision on Rooney Valley rezoning

    A week after the county commissioners' mixed decision on a rezoning application that could have brought auto dealerships, hotels and retail to the northwest corner of C-470 and Alameda Parkway near Dinosaur Ridge, the parties involved say they remain uncertain about their next move.

  • Golden home invasion, stabbing from May ’16 yields four guilty pleas

    Three men and one woman charged in the Golden home invasion, robbery and stabbing last May have all entered guilty pleas for their roles in the alleged attack, according to a news release from the Jeffco DA's office.