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Today's News

  • West Jeff teacher fired in wake of sex assault charges

    Michael Bueno, a physical education teacher at West Jefferson Middle School and an assistant football coach at Conifer High, was fired by Jeffco Public Schools last week in connection with his November 2016 arrest on suspicion of sexual assault on a child.

  • Jeffco delays grade shuffling, school closures

    Two weeks after proposing the closure of five elementary schools to free up funds for teacher compensation, the Jeffco school board voted early Friday to close just one school — Pleasant View Elementary in Golden — and to delay plans to shuffle sixth-graders to middle schools. 

  • Sheriff’s Office investigating alleged death threats against West Jeff math teacher

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint by a teacher at West Jefferson Middle School that a student made death threats against her after she alleged that anti-Semitic acts were committed against several students.

  • Conifer schools to get new roofs

    Conifer High School and West Jefferson Middle School are set to be re-roofed over the summer after a construction contract for both projects was awarded to Flynn Southwest, a roofing company based in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Construction is expected to begin May 30 and conclude on or before Aug. 4 and will cost Jeffco Public Schools $1.3 million, which was included in the 2017 budget for capital improvements.

    Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035.

  • Jefferson County clarifies rules for shooting on private property

    Mountain area residents can discharge firearms on their own private property so long as they take reasonable precautions, Jeffco officials have clarified.

    Last month, an Evergreen man was issued a summons for prohibited use of a firearm after he and another man were shooting guns after dark — and while one of them reportedly was intoxicated.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Techmeyer said questions about the legality of discharging firearms on private property have been raised frequently in the mountain area, including after the most recent incident.

  • StageDoor offers portal to TV Land in new play

    What do you get when you combine “Sherlock Holmes,” “Game of Thrones” and half a dozen other television shows with a coach-potato college kid, pop culture references and a stripped-down set reminiscent of MTV’s unplugged series? “T.V. Unplugged,” a new romantic comedy from StageDoor Theatre’s junior company.

  • Young spellers are more than c-o-m-p-e-t-i-t-i-v-e

    Patagonia.

    Not only is it a region in Argentina, it’s also the word that put fifth-grader Paige Gilloth, 11, over the top in the Conifer area elementary schools’ spelling bee at West Jefferson Elementary recently.

    Paige and 14 other fourth- and fifth-graders competed to see who would advance to the state spelling bee on March 11. Elk Creek, Marshdale and West Jeff each sent five students to compete.

  • Top-dog judge: Local to appraise pups at iconic event

    Less than a week after the NFL’s Super Bowl, the “Super Bowl of dog shows” — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — will take place in New York City from Thursday through Feb. 16.

    Walking among 3,000 dogs will be Evergreen’s Joyce Vanek, who has been to Westminster as a spectator, an exhibitor, a competitor — and now one of the show’s 30 judges.

    Vanek will judge five breeds in the working-class category: Black Russian terriers, Doberman pinschers, English mastiffs, great Danes and Portuguese water dogs.

  • Military drone found near Elk Meadow

    A hiker near Elk Meadow on Thursday discovered a military drone that had been missing from an Army post in Arizona for nine days.

    No one was injured, although the aircraft sustained damage, including a missing wing.

    Soldiers from Fort Carson, along with deputies from Clear Creek and Jeffco sheriff departments, assisted in security and recovery efforts, a release from Fort Huachuca, where the drone originated, stated.

  • Burn ban in place in Platte Canyon fire district

    A burn ban affecting the entirePlatte Canyon Fire Protection District took effect at 9 a.m. Saturday after warm temperatures and high winds had triggered several brush fires earlier in the week.

    Platte Canyon's burn ban is in effect until further notice.