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Today's News

  • Four candidates running for three Inter-Canyon board seats

    Four candidates, including three incumbents, will vie for three four-year terms on the Inter-Canyon Fire District board in May's election.

    Kerry Prielipp turned in a self-nomination form and will challenge incumbents Leslie Caimi, Karl Firor and Michael Reddy.

    Another seat up for election on the Inter-Canyon board with a two-year term had only one candidate, incumbent Joe Marcus, and so he will remain on the board, said Dana Retterer, Inter-Canyon’s election official. Board member Ralph Dreher’s seat is not up for election.

  • 250 demonstrate for 'fair' negotiations with teachers

    More than 250 people, mostly teachers, showed up at Golden High School last Thursday to urge the Jeffco school board to conduct fair and pleasant employee negotiations.

    “We wanted to give our members a chance to make a positive statement that we are standing together and holding our school board accountable,” said Ami Prichard, president of the Jefferson County Education Association, the teachers union.

  • Developers’ concerns spur addition to open space master plan

    Responding to concerns from developers about property with commercial potential, the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on March 6 approved an addition to its master plan. The addition states that the agency will negotiate only with willing sellers, and will not pursue a property that has an active development proposal with Jeffco Planning and Zoning.

  • Negotiations between teachers, school district begin

    Fears that the new school board majority will play hardball with the teachers union surfaced on the first day of contract negotiations Monday, as the union called for the district to extend the current agreement.

    “Extending that contract would put some rumors to bed and allow staff to focus on better things, like our students,” said Lisa Elliot, executive director of the Jefferson County Education Association.

    More than 50 people showed up to hear the negotiations, which are being conducted in public for the first in Jefferson County.

  • Sports briefs

    BOYS LACROSSE
    Crews’ last-second goal propels Evergreen in season opener
    WINDSOR
    — Brett Crews scored with 3 seconds remaining as Evergreen avoided a fourth-period collapse and escaped with a 9-8 victory over host Windsor on March 8.
    The Cougars (1-0) led 2-1 after the first period, 5-3 at halftime and 7-4 going into the fourth period before Windsor rallied to tie the game at eight.
    Evergreen is scheduled to play its home opener March 12 against Legend before travling to Cheyenne Mountain for a game on March 14.

  • Lady Cougars upend Air Academy late

    By Craig Harper
    For the Courier
    You might call Evergreen’s season-opening 1-0 girls soccer triumph over Air Academy on March 6 poetic justice. But Kylee Petrik’s game-winning goal with 1 minute, 44 seconds remaining possessed all the artistry of a pulp-fiction writer.

  • PAC, SWARM are polar opposites

    LITTLETON — The similarities are there, especially in the physical nature between the sports, but as Greysen Lincoln points out, there’s one major difference between rugby and football.
    “It’s a lot more of an active sport. You’ve got to be a lot more aware. You have to know where all your guys are unlike in football,” Lincoln said. “It’s a lot more team-oriented. You’ve all got to be a cohesive unit. That’s also the case in football, but it’s a lot more apparent in rugby.”

  • Jeffco school bus driver killed in U.S. 285 accident

    A Jeffco school bus driver was killed Friday afternoon in an accident on U.S. 285 near Windy Point.

    The driver's name is not being released pending notification of family members. There were no students on board at the time of the accident.

    According to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Josh Lewis, the driver was standing outside the bus and was struck by another vehicle. The accident happened about 1 p.m. Inter-Canyon firefighters were on the scene, and as of 4 p.m. both directions of U.S. 285 were still closed.

  • Class sizes, teacher pay top parents’ priorities

    Keeping class sizes low and increasing pay for teachers and staff were the top two priorities of about 100 mountain area parents, teachers, administrators and community members as they considered what should be included in the Jeffco Public Schools 2014-15 budget.

    Also high on the list were early literacy programs, elementary math instruction, infrastructure in schools to operate necessary technology, and elective classes.

  • Celebrating multicultural heritage at Bergen Meadow Elementary

    Dancing the polka and listening to melodic Mexican music, youngsters at Bergen Meadow Elementary School were soaking up international culture while having a lot of fun last Wednesday.

    Parents of students in kindergarten through second grade also took park in the first Heritage Cultural Celebration at the school, with activities provided just for the older set.

    “Parents chose to represent a culture they are knowledgeable about,” said Danielle Askinazy, a Jeffco ESL teacher who planned the event.