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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.

  • 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.

  • Police arrest man in connection with murder of Aurora woman

    Police have arrested Shawrae Butler, 21, in connection with the death of Queen Ashby. 

    Police were searching for Butler, who was considered armed and dangerous, before he was arrested Friday afternoon.

    The body of Ashby, 20, from Aurora was found by a motorist near Highway 103 on April 8. After weeks of being unable to identify her, police released a computer rendering to local media, which funneled dozens of tips to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office.

  • Kindergartners celebrate parents with tea party

    “In all the world, I know it’s true,” the children recited, “there is no mom and dad like you.”

    West Jefferson Elementary School’s kindergartners celebrated their parents with an assortment of gifts, poems and songs during a morning tea party on May 10. About 20 parents were in attendance, as students in Alicia Beabout’s class surprised them with badges that said “Happy Mother’s Day” and “Happy Father’s Day,” and other handmade goodies.

  • Open Space seeking partnerships for new dog park

    A Jeffco Open Space official announced Tuesday the department is hoping to foster a partnership with at least one of the special districts in Evergreen to continue searching for a site for a new dog off-leash park.