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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Musician finds inspiration, collaborators for new album in local music scene

     EJ Bisiar bought a $15 guitar from a drug store when he was a high school senior. From there, an entire music career blossomed — opening for The Grateful Dead in 1969, writing and releasing children’s music as the “original” Eddie Spaghetti, and collaborating on his latest album, “Evergreen Trail.”

  • Rocky Mountain Academy hires Hudson as principal

    Evergreen resident Ann Hudson has been named the new principal at Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen.

    Hudson, who has been an instructional leader and teacher in Aurora Public Schools, will take over the helm of the school in July. She replaces Gary Stueven, who was hired in November for one year to help right the school that had been facing declining enrollment and internal turmoil.

  • Platte Canyon Schools to add a grant-funded social worker

    With flow-through grant funding from the Park County Department of Health and Human Services, Platte Canyon School District will be adding a part-time social worker next year.

    The social worker will serve as a resource for the district, providing mental health support for Platte Canyon students.

    “Park County has a pretty high student mental health need and students who are struggling … with suicidal tendencies,” said Superintendent Brenda Krage in a May 8 board meeting. “I’m really excited to be able to bring the support in.”

  • Learning about living things

    “How can you not be joyful watching kindergartners?”

    That was the question Peggy Miller, principal of The Bergens, asked as she stood behind the Bergen Meadow Elementary School stage, cueing music on Thursday for the annual farm day presentation for parents.

    This presentation was for the families of Kim Pollick’s kindergartners, and the children were adorable as they enthusiastically sang songs, performed short plays, told jokes and danced the Virginia reel.

  • Sixth-graders meet for pre-CCMS team building

    There was a lot of yelling, jumping, wearing blindfolds, name-forgetting, game playing and team building — lots and lots of team building.

    About 50 sixth-graders from multiple schools across Clear Creek County gathered at the Easter Seals Camp in Empire on Friday for the annual Duster Day event to help students meet one another before attending Clear Creek Middle School this fall.