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Today's News

  • Young, old get into the spirit at Conifer Christmas parade

    Five-year-old Isabella Kerr of Morrison and her cousin Teagan Wilton of Littleton were in the holiday spirit on Saturday as they waited for the Conifer Christmas parade to begin.

    They sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells” and other favorites while sitting in front of the Aspen Park Community Center on Sutton Road.

    “We want to have fun, and we like to sing,” said Teagan. “And Christmas is coming up.”

  • School district enacts partial hiring freeze

    Effective immediately, Jeffco Public Schools has instituted a hiring freeze on almost all non-classroom positions, and all new hires will have to be approved by a district cabinet consisting of 11 people.

    According to chief human resources officer Amy Weber, the cabinet last week discussed the hiring freeze, which will exclude grant-funded positions and essential positions such as teachers, para-educators, bus drivers and food service employees.

  • Jeffco school district sees slight decline in enrollment

    Early numbers for the 2016-17 academic year show a slight decrease in enrollment in Jeffco Public Schools, and those numbers are expected to drop further next year.

    Some 370 fewer students are enrolled at district schools compared to this time last year. While the decrease is small considering that the district has typically served an average of more 86,000 students since the 2005-06 academic year, the decline in enrollment is expected to continue next year.

  • Conifer’s Venue Theatre feeling growing pains

    It’s lean times at the Venue Theatre Company in Conifer, but not in the usual sense: the education-based youth theater is in short supply of space, funds and extra hands — all the consequences of success.

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Renewal of superintendent’s contract to be discussed

    Discussions about the renewal of Superintendent Dan McMinimee’s contract are set to begin early next year. While initial conversations will take place in executive session among school board members, those conversations will transition out into public discourse, with a decision by the end of March 2017.

  • Jeffco commissioners approve slightly modified ’17 budget

    Jeffco's county commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the county's 2017 budget, which had changed slightly since a draft was presented in October.

  • Holiday performances planned at EHS, CHS

    Evergreen and Conifer high schools are planning holiday performances in December.

    On Saturday, Dec. 10, Evergreen High’s performing arts departments are presenting the 30th annual Madrigal Faire.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Conifer High’s drama department is presenting In A Holiday Mood: CHS Act One Theatre Company and Choirs Perform.

    Madrigal Faire

    The Madrigal Faire is a combination of a marketplace, concert and small-group performances.

  • Happy Hippy Market in Marshdale offers food, healing

    The Happy Hippy Market has a pretty cool name.

    The shop in the log cabin behind The Den restaurant in Marshdale has a bit of everything — and more.

    Marie St. Denis recently opened the shop as a place for local residents or those driving between Evergreen and Conifer to conveniently stop to grab eggs, milk or a quick dinner. Plus, there are locally produced candles, soaps and other items.

  • Deep-fried competition requires … fortitude

    This year’s Conifer Christmas Market didn’t bring visions of sugar plums, but of Rocky Mountain oysters.

    Yes, Rocky Mountain oysters.

    As part of the 34th annual celebration, the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Rocky Mountain oyster-eating contest. Six brave souls had to eat 10 of the fried delicacies, with the first one to finish declared the winner.

    “The theme this year was Rocky Mountain Christmas, so we had to do this,” chamber executive director Melanie Swearengin explained.

  • Wilmot book swap designed to keep students reading

    Wilmot Elementary School students participated in a book swap on Friday — the school’s attempt to keep kids reading during winter break.

    The idea was simple: All last week, students brought gently used books they no longer wanted and received tickets for each book. Then, on Friday, they could look through about 2,000 books to find something new to read. A ticket equaled a new book, and those who wanted more books could buy them for 50 cents each.