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Today's News

  • Marshdale students learn about Laws of Motion with balloon rockets

    Twelve wires hung in the library, each strung through a straw and stretching to the other side of the room. Some of the wires angled up from the straws; others, down; and a few were completely straight.

    The students taped their balloons to the straws, and as Chris Swathwood counted down, they shouted, “Blast off,” and let their balloon rockets fly.

  • Platte Canyon school board candidates stump for seats at candidate forum

    With less than a month until the November elections, campaign season is in full swing in the Platte Canyon community as six people vie for one of three open seats on the school board. On Oct. 9, all six candidates faced off at a candidate forum hosted by the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce at Platte Canyon High School.

  • Election 2017: 5 questions with Jeffco school board candidate Erica Shields

    Littleton resident Erica Shields was a late-comer to the 2017 race for three Jeffco school board seats. Filing the required signature petitions just before the Sept. 1 deadline, Shields is challenging incumbent Susan Harmon in District 2 and counts herself a newcomer to public office. The mother of four Jeffco students, Shields is perhaps most recognizable from her reign last year as Mrs. Colorado America 2016, as well as her participation in the Littleton Leadership Academy.

  • Montessori parents, faculty reminisce: Private school celebrates 40 years of memories

    The price of a gallon of gasoline was only 62 cents when Montessori School of Evergreen opened its doors in 1977 as a preschool.

    Since then, the school has grown to offering education to students through eighth grade and provided plenty of memories for its students, parents and staff. Some talked about what the school has meant to them over the last 40 years during the school’s annual Harvest Fest.

  • Election 2017: 3 questions with Platte Canyon school board candidate Frank VanDeHey

    For many in the mountain communities, Frank VanDeHey is not just a school board candidate — he’s their neighbor, their former teacher and their kids’ former teacher. In fact, even in Evergreen, VanDeHey is likely a familiar face — his wife, the late Pat VanDeHey, taught at Evergreen Middle School for 31 years.

  • Incumbent Houston wants another term on Clear Creek school board

    The sole candidate from District B in the Clear Creek School District’s election on Nov. 7 hopes to continue the work he’s done for the past four years.

    Mitch Houston, 55, a Clear Creek County resident since 1984, currently serves as the board’s president. He and his wife, Liz, have two sons attending Clear Creek High School.

    While Houston lives in District B, which is the northeast part of the county, all Clear Creek voters elect school board members.

  • Biz Beat: New pinball arcade provides family fun in Conifer

    After decades of collecting pinball machines, the McCarthys of Conifer have made good on their longtime goal to open an arcade.

    Blizzard Mountain Pinball, 25797 Conifer Road, Suite #C-206, hosted its grand opening this weekend, with several local families and professional pinball players attending.

    Kevin and Laura McCarthy and their two children have always enjoyed playing pinball together as a family, and wanted to open up a family friendly arcade in Conifer. The family started looking for locations two years ago, but found the logistics were difficult.

  • Building Trades project house graduates at the top of its class

    For anybody who still doubts that vocational education is alive and well in the mountain area, 2,200 square feet of eye-pleasing, energy-efficient and perfectly appointed proof just went on the market.

    “I can’t believe how great it looks,” said recently graduated Conifer High School student Seth Carter, standing on the expansive and rock-solid deck of the now-complete Conifer High School Building Trades Program project house. “It’s amazing to think that teenagers accomplished something this big.”

  • Schultz’s arraignment continued until November

    The arraignment for Richelle Schultz, a former Jefferson County Human Services employee, has been continued until Nov. 27.

    Schultz, 53, was indicted in September on 22 felony counts of attempt to influence a public servant and forgery and is accused of falsifying information in 12 child abuse and neglect complaints. According to the Jefferson County grand jury,

    Schultz is accused of committing the alleged crimes between April 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016, while working as a child welfare caseworker with the county.

  • Inter-Canyon hires consulting firm for 2018 election prep

    The Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District may try for a mill levy increase in the 2018 election, but first, the department must formulate a plan to gauge taxpayers’ receptiveness.

    In order to do so, the board of directors has for months been discussing hiring an outside consulting firm. After some discussion at its Oct. 11 meeting, the board unanimously voted to hire Turn Corps, a Denver-based political consulting firm, to help with election preparation.