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Today's News

  • Learning at the center of where effort should be

    Dr. Jason Glass, Jeffco Public Schools

  • The right to free speech

    We were in England the last week of September to attend the play my daughter Alex directed for her final project to complete a master of fine arts degree from the East 15 Acting School in London. Whenever we travel abroad, I’m always fascinated to see what news from the United States seems to be the most important to the locals.

  • Education briefs

    Jeffco receives $2 million in funding for reading initiatives

  • Jeffco school board candidate forums to be held

    Ahead of the November elections, Jeffco residents will have several opportunities to meet and hear from the five individuals running for three Jeffco school board seats at candidate forums across the county. During the forums, candidates will discuss their positions on issues currently affecting the school district and K-12 education, as well as take questions from members of the public. The forums are as follows:

  • Trial begins in case of Evergreen man accused of sex assault

        Trial proceedings began Tuesday morning in the case against Mark Edward Hudson, the Evergreen resident and former Clear Creek music teacher accused of sexually assaulting the teenage daughter of family friends while they stayed overnight at his home during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2015.
        Hudson, 59, is charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 4 felony. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in January.

  • Evergreen High grad follows in his dad’s footsteps through the Journey of Hope

    A college student from Evergreen spent the summer learning the meaning of selflessness by participating in the Journey of Hope.

    Layton Rogers, a sophomore at Texas Christian University, road a bike across the United States with fraternity brothers from around the country, raising money for people with disabilities and bringing awareness to their situations through The Ability Experience, a philanthropy of fraternity Pi Kappa Phi.

  • Parks Briefs

    Jeffco Open Space

    According to Matt Robbins, JCOS community connections manager:

    • JCOS opened the Big Easy Trailhead as part of the Peaks-to-Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park on Sept. 29. The trailhead features a recreational area with access to the water, fishing platforms, nearly a mile of new trails, three picnic shelters, a geology garden, and a new bridge over the creek to the Peaks-to-Plains Trail. The trailhead also has a restroom and 54 parking spaces.

  • Jeffco introduces 2018 budget with average 3 percent pay increase

    Jeffco has proposed an average 3 percent increase in salaries and 2.5 percent increase in benefits for its employees for 2018. As a whole, the county would spend almost $11.5 million more on salaries and benefits than it did in its 2017 budget — a 4.7 percent increase.

    The county has a little more than 3,000 full-time and grant-funded employees; salaries and benefits have made up about half of the county’s expenditures the past several years, the Jeffco commissioners said.

  • JCSO's detention deputy academy in full swing

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series.

    The instructor shouted, “Taser, Taser, Taser.”

    There was a short pop as probes shot into Casey Buell-Schoenman’s left hamstring. Thousands of volts of electricity coursed through his body, and his muscles went rigid.

    After a few seconds, the voltage ceased and his fellow recruits gave him a small round of applause as Buell-Schoenman pushed himself off the mat and stood up.

  • Inaugural Parmalee Fun Run is a rousing success

    Every time Maya Killough rounded the corner to complete another lap of Parmalee Elementary School’s Fun Run she paused to hug the school’s new panther mascot.

    “She’s my mom,” the second-grader said with a grin.

    For the first time, the Indian Hills elementary school hosted the before-school fun run in an effort to transform its annual fund-raising effort. Typically, the school organizes a check challenge and asks parents to write donation checks.