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Today's News

  • Harsh lessons: Classroom work a casualty as politics plague Jeffco school district

    Student protests and teacher sick-outs in Jeffco Public Schools have put the county’s K-12 system at the center of national media coverage and further polarized the already-strife-torn school district.

    Two weeks ago, school board member Julie Williams, one of three conservatives elected last November, proposed a curriculum review committee designed to boost patriotism and downplay civil disorder in Advanced Placement history classes.

  • Park district gauging interest for facilities expansion, renovation

    Residents who responded to a recent Evergreen Park and Recreation District survey on needs for additional facilities and programs expressed interest in an indoor gym and jogging track, as well as other amenities.

    Now the park district is gauging support for these and other improvements, and their cost to residents.

    “We need to ask the public if they would vote for an increase in property tax,” said Bob Schmitz, EPRD operations manager.

  • The hills are alive with golden color

    “This is full of spectacular-ness!” exclaimed Sue Comer as she walked through stands of aspen glowing with fall color last Thursday afternoon.

    Comer had traveled from Loveland to a scenic overlook on Highway 103 where many people were gazing in awe at golden-leaved trees in the bright sunshine. The changing aspen also created bright patterns of color in the distant hills, which leaf-gazers were enjoying along with mature aspen they could walk up to and photograph.

  • Marshdale residents protest rezoning for vacation rental

    Rezoning property in Marshdale for a vacation rental could set the stage for loud parties and create havoc with the area’s water supply, say residents protesting the request.

    Denver residents Renda and Luke Beard have requested rezoning for their property on Highway 73 from mountain-residential 1 to planned development in order to rent the 10-bedroom home on a short-term basis.

  • A little levity in Indian Hills

    You never know what message the sign at the Indian Hills Community Center might offer. But one thing is certain: It draws the attention of motorists on Parmalee Gulch Road.

    Some of the weekly slogans are funny; others are thought-provoking riddles. And a few have created quite a stir.

    “I try to keep something up there that will make people smile,” says Indian Hills resident Vince Rozmiarek, who places the weekly messages on the sign. “I’ve adopted it. It’s really fun.”

  • McMinimee expresses concern over two more sick-out closures

    Jeffco Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee said he’s concerned after a high number of teacher absences closed two more district high schools Monday, and he raised the possibility of docking the instructors a day's pay. 

    “I’m really disappointed,” McMinimee said Monday afternoon. “If I was a parent, I’d be really upset if a day was taken way from my student.” 

  • Jeffco board member stands by her request for curriculum review

    School board member Julie Williams continues to stand by her request for a controversial curriculum review committee despite countywide walkouts and demonstrations by Jeffco students.

    “To be accused of censorship? Seriously? That is just ridiculous,” Williams said in a statement Tuesday morning. “I am advocating for just the opposite.”

  • Teachers held 'sick-out' to raise awareness for curriculum committee

    Teachers at Conifer and Standley Lake high schools who participated in a “sick-out” last Friday that closed both schools said they did it to raise community awareness primarily about the school board’s proposal to review the Advanced Placement History curriculum.

    Secondarily, the teachers have been protesting a compensation plan being implemented by the board that gives raises based on merit.

  • Jeffco student protests continue

    For the fourth school day in a row, protests in Jefferson County continued Wednesday as students from Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Alameda and Bear Creek high schools walked out of class to protest the school board’s proposed curriculum committee to evaluate Advanced Placement U.S. History.

  • McMinimee addresses local students' concerns about curriculum

    Superintendent Dan McMinimee tried to reassure Conifer students Thursday morning that no action has been taken on the school board’s proposal controversial curriculum review committee.

    “We’re at the very beginning of this process,” McMinimee said. “(The committee) hasn’t even been discussed to the point of implementation.”

    More than 200 Conifer High School students packed the school’s auditorium to ask questions of the superintendent Thursday morning.