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Today's News

  • Up, up and away

    Fifth-graders at Bergen Valley Elementary School sent up trial balloons of sorts on May 17.

    The 100 students in groups of two and three tested tissue-paper hot air balloons by sending them floating into the air. Some balloons flew high over the ball field on the east side of the school, while others, well, not so much.

  • Annual Citizens’ Academy ‘connects’ the community with Sheriff’s Office

     After 10 weeks of learning about SWAT, K-9, forensics and patrol units, among others, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office graduated 25 Jeffco residents from its 24th annual Citizens’ Academy on May 17.

    The academy, which kicked off in March, allowed participants to learn about the various departments within the Sheriff’s Office, including their duties, training, resources and protocols.

  • Conifer graduates, parents celebrate new beginnings

    Conifer High School graduation’s keynote speaker Joshua Nielson asked the class of 2017 who helped them dig through the proverbial garbage — who had stayed up late and helped them with homework assignments, given them money when they’d gotten a speeding ticket and had been there to support them through all the challenges of high school.

    Their parents.

  • Conifer-area vets reflect on military service

    Veteran Allisha Cody was grateful that the 500 men and women in her Navy Reserve unit came back safely after they’d been deployed to Iraq in 2008.

    “I had a lot of friends that would be outside the wire for a week or two weeks, and you always hope and pray that everybody would come back safe,” Cody said. “There were no fatalities in my unit, which was a blessing.”

  • Students learn to celebrate differences from veteran’s therapy cat

    It isn’t easy being different. Whether you’re the new kid at school or a disabled military veteran or a cat without a coat, being different can draw the judgmental eye of everyone around you and leave you feeling lonely and isolated.

    But one recent morning at West Jefferson Elementary School, all of those differences were celebrated through the lens of kindness.

  • Jeffco finalizes Glass hiring

    Jeffco Public Schools has hired Jason Glass as its next superintendent.

    After a unanimous vote Tuesday evening that approved both Glass’ hiring and a three-year contract, the school board said it felt it picked the right candidate for the job and was satisfied with the process by which Glass was selected and ultimately hired.

  • Polis, public discuss wide variety of topics at town hall meeting

    The country’s political divisiveness, especially since the election of President Donald Trump, has had a silver lining, according to U.S. Rep. Jared Polis: It brought more than 700 people to a town hall meeting Friday night to discuss national political issues.

    The last time Polis, a Democrat, conducted such a meeting in Evergreen, which was before the November presidential election, 40 residents attended. He said people have become re-engaged in the political process.

  • Additional anti-Semitism allegations surface in Jeffco

    Jeffco Public Schools has confirmed that at least two more anti-Semitic incidents took place at mountain area schools over the last couple of years — this time in Evergreen.

  • Jeffco Schools finalizes budget recommendations

    Jeffco Public Schools is making the final adjustments to its proposed budget for the 2017-18 academic year after receiving final recommendations from the Jeffco school board May 4.

    The proposed $951 million budget accommodates $24.7 million in district-wide compensation increases; a 0.5 percent increase to required Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) contributions; and an $80,000 boost to the base superintendent salary.

  • District approves agreements with employee unions

    Jeffco Public Schools has reached and approved a contract agreement with its teachers union after several months of negotiations.