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  • Reward increased to $20,000 in Maggie Long case

    Law enforcement officials, in their first public address since confirming the death of Platte Canyon student Maggie Long at her family’s home in Bailey in December, have increased the reward being offered in the case to $20,000.

    In addition, officials confirmed that a burglary took place the night she was killed. A safe, firearms and small jade statues were stolen from the home off Highway 43. Officials also clarified that the collection of DNA samples last month was not completed at random.

  • West Jeff principal wins award

    West Jefferson Elementary principal Wendy Woodland has been honored with a national 2017 Healthy School Hero award from Action for Healthy Kids, an organization focused on childhood health through partnerships with schools and educators across the country.

  • Jeffco school board to pilot new meeting schedule

    The Jeffco school board will start experimenting in March with a new meeting schedule that will see study sessions and special meetings added to the Monday following a regular Thursday night board meeting.

    Discussed briefly at the Jan. 25 board meeting, the new schedule is meant to better accommodate board member schedules, as well as offer community members who may not be able to attend an evening meeting another opportunity to observe board activities.

  • Jeffco schools could receive $30 million in new state funding

    Recent revisions to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2018-19 state budget could land Jeffco Public Schools nearly double what it received in new state funding last year.

  • Locals participate in Denver, national pro-life marches

    A cross-section of Colorado — young, old, men, women, and people of various racial and ethnic groups — participated in mid-January’s Celebrate Life March & Rally in Denver.

    “There were families pushing young kids in strollers and very elderly people who had a hard time walking,” Janet Hill of South Jeffco said, adding that she marched near a group of dancers in traditional Mexican garb. “It was a very diverse group. It makes you realize how these issues touch us all throughout our society.”

  • Lot in El Rancho area to be divided for 18 houses

    A 10-acre parcel in the El Rancho area has been subdivided into 18 lots for single-family homes, and construction could begin soon.

    The land, which is on the southwest side of the intersection of Red Moon Drive and Hotel Way, is zoned planned development. PIII Evergreen LLC plans to build 18 single-family homes there called Valley View Estates.

    The Jeffco Board of County Commissioners approved the final plat for the project during its Jan. 23 meeting.

  • 400 homes proposed in meadow on Floyd Hill

    A local developer has started the pre-application process with Clear Creek County to rezone lots near the high school with a long-term goal of building 400 townhomes, condominiums and single-family houses at the base of Floyd Hill. However, he’s facing some opposition from neighbors.

  • Atop the ‘hierarchy’: Wilmot fourth-grader Daniel Buddin wins the Mountain Area Spelling Bee for a second year

    By Rebekah Nestingen

    For the Courier

    Wilmot fourth-grader Daniel Buddin did it again, and this time he stands alone. For the second year, he won the Mountain Area Spelling Bee.

    On Jan. 31 at Bergen Valley Elementary School, 15 third- through seventh-graders spelled words such as “boroughs,” “pneumatic,” “entrepreneur,” “endeavor,” “spinster” and “premonition” in 15 rounds.

  • It’s a cell-a-bration: RMAE comes together to have a good time with its food-friendly science unit

    Fourth- and fifth-graders at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen gathered on Jan. 30 to eat a smorgasbord of cells.

    Even though the students understand that everything is made up of cells, this cell-a-bration’s cells consisted of fruits, vegetables and desserts.

    Each student was tasked with creating a plant or animal cell made out of food, labeling the various parts and bringing it to school for everyone to eat. Cells were made out of carrots, watermelon, Jell-O, tomatoes, kiwi, cookies, brownies and more.